The Bookstore exists to support the educational mission of our University by working closely with faculty to supply our students with all the materials they need to succeed, at the lowest prices possible. We are a non-profit organization. All revenues from our bookstores go directly back to the University for programs such as bursaries and scholarships. Additionally, we support many on-campus activities through donations and in-store events.

In Thunder Bay we are located in room UC1020 (just down the stairs from Security). In Orillia our store is adjacent to the cafeteria. 

Course Materials Adoptions

Orders for course materials can be emailed to, or submitted through interoffice mail.

Ordering Deadlines:

Spring/Summer: March 1st
Fall and Fall/Winter: July 1st
Winter: October 1st

Lakehead University Bookstore is committed to ensuring your textbooks and other course-related materials are on our shelves for the first day of classes. To that end, there are a number of reasons why we ask that faculty members observe and respect our submission deadlines.

For one, early adoptions allow us to purchase used books from students during our scheduled buyback sessions, which run throughout the year. These textbooks can later be re-sold at significant cost savings to other students.

Additionally, early adoptions give us the time to source multiple vendors so that we can get the best possible pricing for your students. Increasingly, we are running the majority of our orders through our used book wholesalers first, before attempting to source them from our regular publishing partners. This means an order for 50 copies of 1 title, for example, can come from four or more different suppliers. Re-working our lists with our wholesalers in this manner can take days, even weeks – but it does allow us to provide a larger selection of used books at a fraction of their original retail price.

Submitting your orders ahead of time benefits us in a variety of other ways. It gives us leeway in case your selected title is not available; allows the Textbook Supervisor and her team to adequately research the multitude of options available (e-books, access codes, in-store and online rental, used books, course packs, workbooks); and it allows us to factor in shipping times, which can vary widely based upon a textbook’s country of origin. Upcoming editions, out of print status, and print on demand titles can also significantly impact arrival times.

Further material on the adoption process, including information on copyright, course packs, order forms, as well as a list of frequently asked questions can be obtained through the Faculty folder on the main page of the bookstore’s website.

Lakehead Authors

We proudly support our Lakehead faculty authors. If you have a new book or would like to hold an author event with us, please contact Lynne Warnick in Thunder Bay or Rachel Giardino in Orillia.

Promotional Products and Department Orders

Both our stores offer a wide variety of merchandise for sale, including Lakehead branded clothing, giftware, stationery, supplies and backpacks. We also handle custom clothing and giftware orders for Faculties and departments/schools at very competitive prices (cost plus 10%). For further information, please contact Jennifer McKenzie in Thunder Bay or Rachel Giardino in Orillia.


General inquiries

Phone: 807-343-8314

Website: (can also be reached from the main page of the University’s website (under ‘B’ for bookstore in the A-Z index).

Lynne Warnick, Bookstore Manager
Phone: 807-343-8130

Textbook Orders (Thunder Bay/Orillia)
Phone: 807-343-8335

Departmental Orders/General Merchandise (Thunder Bay)
Phone: 807-343-8925

Office Supplies Orders (Thunder Bay/Orillia)
Phone: 807-343-8609

Rachel Giardino, Bookstore Supervisor, Orillia
Phone: 705-330-4010 ext. 2857

Campus Tech

As of September 2021, the computer store, Campus Tech, will be relocating within the Thunder Bay Bookstore. Although it will no longer offer repairs, it will continue to offer a variety of competitively priced computer hardware and accessories for all our faculty and departmental needs. Please visit us during the bookstore’s operational hours of 8:30am-4:30pm Monday – Friday, or contact us by phone at 807-343-8770, or e-mail at: