Textbook Information

St. Benedict utilizes MBS Direct as our official textbook partner.  The primary format is digital, utilizing downloaded ebooks and online textbooks on the MBS website.  However, some books will be purchased from the instructor at the beginning of the school year (iBook downloads and workbooks).  Also, some classes will have no textbook required.  If a hard copy is wanted instead of or in addition to ebooks, the ISBNs are available on request from Mary Sutton, textbook coordinator, at

Course listings will be emailed to all registered students and the MBS bookstore will be open on July 6.  Final schedules will be emailed during the first week of August.


  • Most, but not all books are purchased through MBS Direct.
  • Books and/or classroom materials that are not available for purchase through MBS Direct are listed below under iBooks Downloads and Textbooks/Workbooks.  When you order books online from MBS, you will see "Materials Available from Instructor" for these books.  Your student will purchase these books from the instructor the first week of school.
    • iBooks Download:  An iTunes account will be needed with money loaded. Click here to see courses and prices.
    • Textbooks/Workbooks:  Textbooks and workbooks, along with course fees, will be billed through FACTS.  Click here to see courses and prices.

NEW FRESHMEN AND TRANSFER STUDENTS:  Do not download digital books until you have your MacBook.  We will help you download the first week of school.

Sophomores who purchased Our Moral Life in Christ as a freshman will not need to repurchase the book.  It was a VitalSource download and is yours forever.  If the book was not downloaded to VitalSource on the student's computer, access through MBS expires 1 year after purchase.

You can access our portal on MBS's website by clicking here.  There you will find information related to ordering books and customer loyalty advantages.

Below you will find some information taken from MBS's website:
As your school's official textbook partner, MBS Direct offers cost savings, convenience, reliability, and host of services to meet your textbook needs.  Here's how it works:

  • MBS Direct Maintains the official listing of your school's courses and course materials.
  • Order textbooks online, by phone, fax, or mail.
  • Choose from a variety of payment options.
  • Orders are shipped within 24 hours to your doorstep.  Minimum shipping and handling for hard copy materials is $12.75.  eBooks and emailed access codes are not charged shipping and handling.
  • When setting up your student's MBS account, it is preferable to use your student's SBA email address and a password that he/she will remember.  The same user ID and password is needed for the VitalSource material (free app) to be downloaded to your student's laptop.
  • Your School will notify you when your virtual bookstore opens, approximately 3 to 4 weeks prior to the start of classes.