The College Store does offer options for renting your textbooks in person or through www.etowncollegestore.com. You will agree to the Rental Agreement (see below) if you choose this option. Rentals are due back by the end of finals week during the semester you rented the book. We email reminders letting you know exactly what you rented from the College Store and when it is due. Just bring your rented book back to the College Store and we will return it for you at no charge.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I write or highlight in my rented book?
Yes, minimal highlighting and writing is acceptable if the text on pages is not compromised for future use. Books must be returned in good condition, suitable for the next student to purchase or rent. (See Rental Agreement below for further information)
What if I drop my class and need to return my rented book early?
No problem! Returns on rentals follow the same return policy as book purchases. Refunds will be given according to the following conditions and dates of our Refund Policy:
New and used textbooks purchased or rented through the College Store for the current semester are returnable for the first three days from the start of each semester. All returns must have a receipt. New books must be in perfect condition - no highlighting, bent corners, etc. Shrink-wrapped bundles must be unopened in original packaging. Defective texts will be replaced at no charge. If you drop a course or have a schedule change you may return a book for up to ten days from the start of class - proof of this schedule change from the Registration and Records Office is required. Refunds are subject to the discretion of the Textbook Manager.
Am I able to use Student Aid/Financial Aid to rent my books?
Yes! You can also use credit or debit cards, cash, checks or College Store gift cards to pay for your rented books, either online or in the College Store
What if my rented book gets damaged or lost?
If your book gets damaged beyond reasonable use, lost, or stolen, your options are as follows:
Either: Pay the difference between the rental price and the purchase price of the textbook (i.e. if you rented the book for $50, and the retail price was $95, you would pay an additional $45 to the College Store instead of returning the book)
Or: You can acquire a replacement copy in as good or better condition to turn in to the College Store as a replacement for the lost or damaged book.
How do I return my rented books?
Books rented from the College Store are returned to the cashier at the registers in the College Store.
(Student signs and receives when renting in the College Store)
When renting from the College Store, you understand that you are renting (not purchasing) the textbooks and must return them to the College Store no later than the Friday of finals week. Failure to return rented textbooks within five days after the due date will be considered intent to purchase, and your account will be charged the difference between the rental price already paid, and full retail price, plus a nominal non-return fee. Minimal highlighting and writing is allowed. Books must be returned in good condition and free of excessive damage. Excessive damage is any damage that would prevent another student from reasonably being able to use and gain the full learning value from the textbook (water damage, mold, missing covers, missing pages, destroyed text on pages, and the like). Books returned with excessive damaged will prevent a successful rental return, and you will be charged the difference between the rental price, and full retail price (new or used depending on the condition prior to rental).