If you are currently enrolled at the University of Minnesota and have no financial holds on your student account, you can use your U Card to charge purchases of textbooks and supplies from University Bookstores to your University student account.
Just bring your U Card and another photo ID to any of the University of Minnesota Bookstores and say "charge it to my student account." They will accept your U Card just like a credit card.
Your bookstore charges on your U Card will be included on your next monthly student account billing statement, along with other tuition and fee charges. You must pay the bookstore charges in full, unless you make the purchases after the last bill of the previous term and before the second bill of the current term. Unpaid bookstore charges may result in registration and transcript holds on your student record.