Odyssey Program How-To

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Thank you for shopping with BookPeople of Moscow through the Odyssey program. We are happy to help you and appreciate your support for our small, independent bookstore. When you do business with us, you will always be communicating with someone who lives in Idaho and who works at the bookstore in Moscow.

The first step is to request "enrollment" with BookPeople of Moscow on your Odyssey app. We will approve your request and then you can shop!

Using Odyssey funds to shop at our store can be accomplished in two ways:

1) You can shop online at our website, www.bookpeopleofmoscow.com. You can search using the title, author, keyword, or the 13 digit ISBN for the book. When checking out, choose Odyssey Program as the payment method and then enter your child's name in the box that follows. Books can be picked up at the store or shipped to any Idaho address; shipping charges will apply but Odyssey funds can be used for those, also.

2) You can shop in person at the bookstore in downtown Moscow.

In either case, please be sure your purchases are qualified for use of Odyssey funds. Purchases will be reviewed by Odyssey staff and auditors for the Idaho State Board of Education. Odyssey funds can be used for K-12 books and other educational materials, but not gift items that we carry in the store such as candles, t-shirts, chocolate, and greeting cards. You can use as much of your Odyssey funds as you like at BookPeople of Moscow on books and educational materials.


We will submit the total for your order (sometimes it might differ by a few cents due to sales tax and shipping) through the Odyssey app to you in a transaction for your approval. Odyssey staff will first review the transaction that we've submitted to be sure all items you've requested are eligible for the program before releasing it to you for approval. Once the transaction is approved by you, the funds are released to us, and we can then process your web order or finish ringing up your purchases in the store. In most cases, for in-store purchases, you will not be able to take the books home with you on the same day, as the transaction creation (by us), the review (by Odyssey), and finally, the approval (by you) usually takes at a couple of full business days. We will hold your purchases for you until this step is completed, and then notify you when your purchases are ready for pickup. Thank you!