Textbook Rentals Coming to the Campus Bookstore

This program will allow students to rent their textbooks for less than 50 percent of the cost of purchasing a new printed textbook.

The program will allow students to rent their textbooks for less than purchasing a new printed textbook, either in the store or from the store’s website.

The program will allow students to rent their textbooks for less than purchasing a new printed textbook, either in the store or from the store’s website.

Beginning in fall 2010, Barnes & Noble at Texas Tech will give students a new lease on their sometimes budget-focused, hectic lives by offering a new textbook rental program designed to deliver maximum savings and convenience.

This program will allow students to rent their textbooks for less than 50 percent of the cost of purchasing a new printed textbook. Plus, students will be able to rent their books either in the store or from the store’s website.

The decision to offer a textbook rental program was made after discussions among the university and Barnes & Noble College Booksellers.

“Recognizing the importance of college affordability, the textbook rental option directly benefits students,” said Gregory Elkins, Texas Tech associate vice president and dean of students.

“We are committed to providing students with the widest range of content options and price points available,” said Mark Kerin, regional manager at Barnes & Noble College Booksellers. “Whether students are interested in new books, used, digital, unbundled, or now rentals, they know they can find what they want at Barnes & Noble at Texas Tech campus bookstore.”

Other program features include:

  • Students can pay the rental fees using any form of tender currently accepted by the bookstore. (Note: For security purposes, a valid credit card must also be provided regardless of the tender used for the rental fee.)
  • Students can highlight or mark the rented books just as they would if they purchased a book and planned to sell it back to the bookstore.
  • Students can convert their rental to a purchase during the first two weeks of class.
  • The rental period is for the duration of the term/semester. Books are due back at the bookstore no later than 10 days after the last day of finals. Students can return the books in person or mail them to the bookstore.
  • Courtesy e-mails will go out as the end of the term/semester approaches, reminding students to return their books. Books not returned (or returned in unusable condition) will be subject to replacement and processing fees.

Barnes & Noble began piloting its rental program earlier this year at 25 campus bookstores across the country. More than 90 percent of the students surveyed said they would rent from their campus bookstore again. In particular, students like having the option of getting their books immediately – as opposed to waiting for a shipment to arrive – and they appreciated knowing that the books they were renting were guaranteed to be the right books for the classes.