Used Books

What is Consignment?

Textbook consignment is essentially an arrangement in which we sell students' textbooks for them! To learn more about the consignment process, see below.

Step 1: Bring in any textbooks or leisure books (ex. novel) you would like to sell along with your student ID. Due to copyright issues, we are unable to accept lose leaf textbooks or any textbook by Queen's University.

Step 2: If you have not consigned your books with us before, we will create a new account for you. The only information we need is your name, student number and email address.

Step 3: You are ready to consign! You can sell your books for up to 80% of their retail value and will recieve 75% of the profits when they sell.

Step 4: We will email you once your books have sold. If you are in the Kingston area, you can come in store and we can refund the money onto your debit card. If you are outside of the Kingston area, you have option to have a cheque sent to you. Your confirmation email that your textbook has sold will have further instructions on the cheque process. Domestic cheques cost $1 and international cheques cost $3. This cost will be deducted from the amount you are owed if you chose to have the money reimbursed through a cheque.

- You can consign your books for up to 80% of their retail value

- When your books sell, you recieve 75% of the profits

- Your books can stay on our shelves for up to one year. You can have your books returned to you before that year is up. Otherwise, your books become the property of Tricolour Outlet and will either be donated to Textbooks for Change or reconsigned to Tricolour and sold to students for less than 50% of it's retail value.

- If you have any questions or concerns about the consignment process, please email our Books Manager at

The consignment process definitley works!

In the 2018-2019 school year alone, Queen's students were paid a total of $206,500 for their books. In September 2019, we paid Queen's students a total of $31,000 for their books.