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TEXTBOOK RENTAL

Many students are only interested in using certain textbooks for the duration of a class. Renting for a semester typically costs less than half of the new book price. Renting removes the risk of how much the book may be worth at the end of the semester and you can capture the savings up front instead of waiting for buyback at the end of the term. If you decide to keep the book, you can purchase it at any time during the rental period for the difference between the new rental fee and the current new selling price or the used rental fee and the current used selling price, based on whether the book was rented in new or used condition at the time of transaction.

Renting provides a lower up-front cost. In some cases, it can be less expensive to buy a used text (when available) and sell it at buyback. There is always the chance that the text won't be bought back if a newer edition is published or if the professor switches to a different book. Buying a new book and selling it back at buyback will generally be more expensive than renting.

View the Textbook Rental Agreement



Textbook Rental FAQ

How does the in-store rental process work?

  • Use the online textbook price comparison tool or check our shelves to see if any of your titles are available for rent.
  • Textbooks available for rent have two different prices: new rental price and used rental price.
  • Your student ID, a credit card and form of payment will be required to complete the rental. If a book you brought to checkout is available to rent, the cashier will ask you if you would like to rent or purchase the book.
  • Save your receipt, PLEASE see our textbook return policy for rental return terms

What are The Campus Store rental options?

  • Ebooks
  • New/Used Textbooks

Why isn't the book for my class available for rent?

Unfortunately, not all textbooks qualify for our rental program. Certain factors prevent a textbook from being available for rental such as: the edition of the book, the size of the class, and how consistently the course is offered.


I need the textbook for a continuation class. Can I rent it for multiple semesters?

If you are taking a continuation course, purchasing a new or used book is usually the best option. Although you are free to rent (and return) a textbook multiple times, the cost of renting a book for two semesters is generally higher than a used book and only slightly less or the same as a new one.


Are the rental books used copies or new copies?

If a book is available for rent, a student can decide to purchase a new rental or used rental based upon availability. There are different costs associated with rentals based on condition.


Can I use a highlighter in my rental text?

Books must be returned in salable condition as determined by store staff. Minimal highlighting and marking is allowed. Books with damage to the spine, torn covers, missing pages, or any water damage will not be accepted.



Refunds & Returns


Can I get a refund on a rented book?

Yes. Refunds for textbooks rented in-store or online from The Campus Store will be treated in the same manner as refunds for purchased textbooks. Our standard course materials return policy will apply. All returns must be in the condition purchased and be accompanied with the receipt.


When do I have to return my rental text to The Campus Store?

Rentals MUST be returned no later than the last date of final exams each semester. We will send a courtesy email reminding you of the return deadline, but it is your responsibility to return textbooks.


What if I forget to return the book at the end of the semester?

If you fail to return the rented textbooks, you will be charged a “Replacement Fee” of 75% of the new retail price for a new book rental and 60% of the new retail price for a used book rental. This fee will be automatically charged to the credit used to secure the rental. See our Rental Terms Agreement


Can someone else return my books for me?

It is recommended that you return your own books.


What if my book was lost, stolen, or damaged beyond normal wear?

There are several options. You can acquire another copy of the book and return it at the end of the rental period. You can come to the store and pay the difference between the rental and replacement costs. You can do nothing and allow your credit card to be charged.

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  • Greensburg, PA 15601
  • (724) 836-9928
  • Kathy Fennell
  • kfennell@pitt.edu

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