The Textbook Rental program allows students to save money by renting a textbook for the entire semester, instead of purchasing the book. Bookstore Rental Agreement (PDF) »
How to rent a textbook
Rental Textbooks are available in the Bookstore and online. All rentals must be returned to the Bookstore, whether you are returning before or at the end of the semester.
Can you write, mark or highlight in your rental textbook?
Yes. However, you may ONLY write minimal notes, markings, and highlighting in your rental textbook. A rental textbook with excessive writing, highlighting, or markings in it will NOT be accepted for a return. You will be charged the replacement cost and a non-return processing fee.
Returning your rental textbook
Your rental textbook must be in resalable condition. Books with torn pages, water damage, torn covers, excessive writing and highlighting, etc., will not be accepted. The rented textbooks will be inspected by the Bookstore staff to determine a resalable condition for return. If, for any reason, you do not or cannot return your rental textbook, you will be charged the full retail price of the book. Rental textbooks are due back the Friday of finals week each semester. Check your rental agreement receipt for any other rental information.
Purchasing your rental textbook
If a book for one of your classes is available to be rented, you have the option of renting the book or purchasing it. Once you rent a textbook, you still have the option to purchase that text. If you decide to purchase the book before the Rental Return Deadline, the rental price that you have already paid will go towards the purchase of the textbook.
What if you drop, withdraw or take an incomplete for a class?
If you drop, withdraw, or take an incomplete for a class, you should return your rental book immediately, in order to prevent it from getting lost during the semester. If you drop or withdraw during the refund period and return your book during that period you will be refunded the rental price. This period is normally the first two weeks of the semester. However, if you are unable to return your rental immediately, you must return your rental textbook by the end of Rental Return Deadline.
Do I have to sign a contract every time I rent a textbook?
Yes. Every time you rent a textbook, you must sign a Textbook Rental Agreement.
Do I return my rental textbook to Buyback?
No. If you are returning your rental textbook at the end of the semester, there will be a separate line for rental returns. Please read all signs carefully to assure that you get in the correct line. If you sell your rental textbooks to Buyback, you will be charged the full retail price for the rental book, and a non-return processing fee.
Where do I return my rental textbook?
Your rental textbook is returned in the Bookstore.
What happens if I don't return my rental textbook?
You will pay the full cost of the text book plus a non-return processing fee. These costs are printed on your receipt.
What if my book is lost or damaged while I'm renting it?
If your rental textbook is lost or damaged while you're renting it, you will have to pay all replacement fees for that textbook. These costs are shown on your receipt.
What if I notice writing, highlighting, markings, or other damages in my book right after I rent it?
Excessive writing, highlighting, markings, and other damages MUST be reported to the Bookstore within 3 days of renting the textbook. If you do not report excessive writing, highlighting, damages, etc., within the 3 days, you will be held responsible for any markings/damages/etc. that are found in the book during the book's return.
How do I pay for a rental textbook?
Types of payments that are accepted when renting textbooks are cash, check, credit cards (Visa, Master Card), gift cards, and Financial Aid.
Can I rent a textbook even if I'm on Financial Aid/Pell/Grants/Scholarships, etc.?
Yes, students with Financial Aid/Pell/Grants/Scholarships, etc., are able to rent their textbooks. However, it is up to each agency to allow rentals. Therefore, some agencies may only allow for the purchasing of books, not renting.
How do I cancel a rental?
In order to cancel a rental, you must return the rental book in the same condition as when you rented it. All returns including rentals are accepted through the refund period.