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Navigating Central Penn's Online Bookstore: MBS Direct

On the landing page, click "Log In to Your Account" in the upper left.  If you do not already have an account, create one with your Central Penn email address.

If you are using a voucher from Financial Aid, DO NOT click either "Redeem it Here" or "Financial Aid".  You will enter your voucher information when you check out. 

Once you have accessed (or created) your account, click "Menu" near the upper right of the screen, then click "Order Your Materials" (when that becomes visible).


Enter your Course Code(s) to ensure you are looking at the materials for the right class(es). To find your Course Code(s), see the guide for Student Portal Textbook Information.  After you find the right course, click on the course code/name to select it.  Once all of your courses are listed, click on "View Your Materials" in the lower-right corner of the screen.  (You might need to click away from the list of courses to be able to see that button.)

Decide which option you want to choose for each course, click the circle to the left of the option you want, and then click "Add Selected to Cart".  Many courses have both digital and print options, although some courses only have 1 or the other.  If you do not want to purchase anything for a particular course, click the circle next to "No Thanks."  You need to click "Add Selected to Cart" for each course individually.

If necessary, you also have the chance to add or subtract courses from this screen by clicking on "Add or Change Courses" in the lower-left corner of the screen.  That will take you back to the previous screen.

When you are done selecting your materials, click "Proceed to Checkout" in the lower right of the screen.

Continue the Check out process by clicking either one of the two "Check out now" buttons on the right side of the screen--unless you want to pay with PayPal, and then you need to click the "Check out with PayPal" button.

If you're paying with either Financial Aid or a credit card, the next screen asks for your Shipping & Billing Addresses.  For Shipping address, use the address you want the book(s) delivered to--if you live on campus in Summerdale and want the book(s) delivered there, use your campus address (101 College Hill Rd., Enola, PA, 17025--plus your mailbox number).  Even if you're only purchasing an ebook(s), you still need to fill in something for the addresses.

If your shipping and billing addresses are the same, you can click the checkbox below the words "Billing Address" and the site will automatically fill in the same address as your shipping address.  If the addresses are different--for instance, if you're having a book shipped to the Summerdale campus but are paying with a credit card, then you need to enter the Billing address as whatever is on file with the credit card company.

Once you have filled in all the required information, you'll be able to click on the button "Choose Your Shipping Method."

There are multiple shipping methods available with varying costs.  Flat-rate shipping is available for $4.95, or you can pay more to have the item(s) shipped faster.  MBS Direct prides itself on shipping items out as soon as possible, so the flat-rate shipping does not take significantly longer than any other method.

Once you're satisfied with your shipping method (the circle to the left of it is blue), click the "Select Payment Option" button.

At this point, you can select Credit Card, PayPal, or Financial Aid by clicking on the circles to the left each option.

Credit Card:

Financial Aid:

This is where you enter your student ID and voucher ID from the email you received.  For the voucher ID, be sure to include the letters, as well, in upper-case (capitals).


They give you another chance to pay with PayPal.  Before you are able to continue to the PayPal site, you'll need to click the checkbox acknowledging the privacy policy, terms of service, etc. to the left of the "Continue to PayPal" button.

If you chose either Credit Card or Financial Aid, you'll next see the screen below.  You'll need to click the checkbox (highlighted in light green background) near the upper-left corner of the main screen acknowledging the privacy policy, terms of service, etc. before you'll be able to click on "Submit Your Order."  Your order is not complete until after you have clicked that button and received a confirmation.

If you have any questions/problems with ordering from the school bookstore, and/or if you want to confirm that the order went through, please contact Central Penn's Textbook Coordinator at