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Textbook Rentals

Why rent?

  • Renting saves on average, 50% compared to a new, printed textbook
  • Both in-store and online availability provides more rental book options
  • Normal highlighting and note-taking are acceptable

Who am I renting from?

The College offers an "in-store" rental whereby selected titles' shelf tags show both the new/used purchase prices and rental price.  Transactions are done at the Bookstore's cash register area. In many cases, both new and used copies are rentable.  Most forms of payment currently accepted at the store can be used for rentals.  A credit card is required to secure the transaction, even if you pay with another method.

We also offer an "online" rental program through our vendor partner, Campus Book Rentals (CBR).  Transactions are conducted directly with CBR and books can be shipped direct to a student's home address or to the College.  CBR provides a box for convenient rental return at the end of the rental period.  Note that all correspondence related to online rentals comes direct from CBR, NOT The 'Berg Bookshop, even though the Bookstore has a custom-designed page made by CBR.

How do I know which books are available as rental?

We post the list of in-store textbook rentals on the store's web site (along with the new and used prices), as well as show rental pricing on the book shelf tags.  CBR makes its own decision as to which books are available for rent.

Why can't I rent all of my books?

Each semester, our book list is provided to our wholesale partner that designates, based upon supply and demand, which books are in-store rentals.  Having CBR as an online partner provides more breadth to the program, offering additional rental titles that the wholesaler might not.

Can I highlight and take notes?

Normal highlighting and note-taking are perfectly acceptable. Excessive markings that would render the book unusable for the next customer are discouraged.

Why is a credit card necessary? 

In the event you forget to return the book, returned after the due date, or is damaged, we have a means for processing the replacement or late fees as described in your Rental Agreement.

How long is the rental period?

The rental period begins the day you pay for the textbook rental and continues until the last day of finals, as shown on your cash register receipt/Rental Agreement.  All rented textbooks must be returned to The 'Berg Bookshop, in good condition, by the Rental Return Due Date.

When is the rental return date?

For in-store rentals, students receive an e-mail from the Bookstore reminding them of the return date.  In-store rentals should be brought back to the textbook buyback area during finals week.  Online rentals should be returned directly to Campus Book Rental by the due date indicated on the packing slip or receipt.

Can the Bookstore refuse to accept my textbook rental when I return it?

Yes, if it is not returned in good condition.  Good condition will be judged by the Bookstore staff alone, and generally means the book spine intact, no excessive damage to the cover or content pages, all original pages intact, all original components present, and no excessive highlighting, writing, or other markings.  Normal-use highlighting and writing is permitted.  If the Bookstore staff determines your book to be not acceptable for return, you'll be charged for a replacement copy.

What if I forget to return the rental by its due date?

If you don't return your books by your return date, a late fee of $20.00 will be charged, per title.

What happens if I lose or never return a rented book?

You will be charged the replacement fee (the difference between the rental price paid and the new retail price of the book) and a late fee of $20.00. You can keep the book, sell it online, or attempt to sell it back to the Bookstore. CBR will be according to their standard penalty or replacement fee(s) - see their web site for terms.

What if I rent a book and then decide I need to keep it?

Within the store's refund period, you can convert your rental into a standard purchase. You'll receive a refund of your rental fee and be charged regular retail price based on the book's condition when purchased (new or used).  CBR offers the option to purchase a rental book - see their web site for terms.

What happens if I drop a class?

You can return the book and receive a refund of the rental cost during the normal refund period. Of course, the regular refund policy will still apply: the book needs to be in the same condition as it was when it was rented and you'll need a copy of your Bookstore cash register receipt or CBR's packing slip.  CBR will pro-rate a refund based upon the total time period a book was rented - see their web site for terms.

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