CIIS InnerLight Bookstore

Spring 2017 Required Textbook List

The CIIS InnerLight Bookstore is a small, unique college bookstore that carries a variety of items in addition to textbooks and school supplies, including insignia items, scarves, jewelry, incense, figurines, cards, journals, and more. It now also houses the Tong Ren Tang Education Center and Herbal Store, where you can come to learn about the history of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. A small assortment of Tong Ren Tang herbal formulas will soon be offered for sale, yet it is primarily an education center.

The bookstore is open to the public and located on the ground floor of the CIIS Main Building, on the far side of the Desai | Matta gallery at 1453 Mission Street campus. Contact us at (415) 575-6179 or For mail order services, please contact the Bookstore Manager, Sara Clerk, or call (415) 575-6178.

Current store hours for the Fall 2016 semester are Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 5pm, closed from 1-2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Visit our online CIIS merchandise store hosted by to purchase unique insignia items not available in the bookstore.

CIIS Required Textbook Amazon Store
If you need to purchase your textbooks online, you still have the opportunity to support the CIIS InnerLight Bookstore by using this link for required textbooks, as doing so will earn the bookstore a commission. We are a not-for-profit store so all earnings go right back into the school. The CIIS Required Textbook Amazon store may include optional books, so please refer to the official semester textbook list for full details. If your class is not listed, please contact the instructor.

The link to the current online textbook list can be found by clicking the menu icon located at the top-left, next to "Campus Resources."

Online Textbook Store

CIIS is no longer working with MBS Direct as an online textbook provider. We are instead providing an Amazon store featuring required textbooks beginning with Fall 2014, available through this link:

Each purchase made through this link or the general Amazon link below earns CIIS a small commission, so if you plan to order your textbooks through Amazon please support CIIS by accessing their site through these links whenever possible.


Textbooks and textbook information for ACTCM courses are not currently available through the CIIS Bookstore, but are available through the ACTCM library.


The CIIS Bookstore holds a used book buyback at the end of the Spring and Fall semesters, and pays cash up to 50% of the new price of the book depending on the title.

Textbooks For Courses

The Bookstore carries textbooks for all courses offered at CIIS and publications including the following to explore body, mind, and spirit:

  • Psychology
  • Eastern and Western Spirituality and Religion
  • Philosophy
  • Somatics
  • Drama Therapy
  • Women's Spirituality
  • Psychological Astrology
  • Ecology
  • Science and Spirituality
  • Anthropology
  • Research and Writing

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