Textbook Rentals Deliver Affordability and Choice

July 29, 2011

After tuition and room and board, textbooks represent one of the largest expenses a student can incur – upwards of $700 to $1,100 on average a year. That’s why once again Barnes & Noble College is offering students a robust textbook rental program that’s easily accessible right at their campus bookstore or bookstore’s website.

Offering Another Textbook Choice

Designed to work at every type of institution including 4-year public, private, specialty, and 2-year technical, and community colleges, our 2011 textbook rental program is built around the theme of Your Choice. And, the list of titles available for rent has been expanded by more than 25 percent to help even more students get the books they need at a cost they can manage.

Our textbook rental program leverages our commitment to student insight by delivering a program that meets today’s students’ needs and exceeds their expectations. In fact, 99 percent of the students who tried our rental program said they would use it again.

But students aren’t the only ones who benefit from textbook rentals, schools benefit too. By offering students textbook rentals through the campus bookstore, textbook dollars stay on campus – where they belong.

The Savings Speak for Themselves

Last year, students who rented textbooks at one of the 300+ campus bookstores that offered rentals, saved an astounding $36 million.

Why Students Like Rentals

  • Textbooks rent for less than 50% of the cost of a new, printed book.
  • Students can pay the rental costs using almost any payment option already accepted at the bookstore.
  • Students can keep their books for the entire term. Books must be returned to the bookstore (either in person or via mail) by the last day of finals.
  • The bookstore sends email reminders to alert students that the return date is approaching.
  • Normal highlighting and note-taking is permitted.

For more information on our 2011 textbook rental program, talk to your bookstore manager or regional manager or email us at

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