Frequently Asked Questions About Renting Textbooks
What is the goal of the rental program?
What are my options for renting books from the CU
Is renting books online through the CU Book Store’s
affiliate web site the same as renting them in the store
Why are some books not rentable at the CU Book Store
Can I write or highlight in a rented book
What happens if I damage a rented textbook
I want to keep my rented textbook, can I buy it
When do I need to return my rental textbooks
What happens if I don’t return my rental textbook
by the deadline
Can I return textbooks rented through your online
program to the bookstore
The goal of our rental programs is to provide our customers with an additional
cost-saving option for their textbook purchases.
- Come into the store and one of the knowledgeable staff in our Textbook
department will be eager to help you. After finding an eligible book, proceed to any of our cashiers and
prior to beginning the check-out process, let them know which books you want to
- Enter your course schedule
on our web site. If your book can be rented, a rental option will be available.
- If you find that some of your books do not have a rental option through our
store, you can check availability through our affiliate site. You will
need to type in information to find your book; we highly recommend using
your book’s ISBN number, which can be found on your course’s book listing page.
Not exactly. We have an
affiliate rental program so that we can offer a wider
selection of rentals. Prices and terms may be different. Any problems or issues
occurring in the online rental process (cancellations, dropped courses; etc.)
must be handled through the online site. However, once the online portion is
processed and a shipping label has been generated for returns at the end of the
rental period, we will be happy to help by shipping the order from our store.
Come into the store and one of the knowledgeable staff in our Textbook
department will be eager to help you. If you’re a do-it-yourself sort of person,
rentable titles are clearly marked on their information tag with a green
“Rental” sticker. After finding an eligible book, proceed to any of our cashiers
and prior to beginning the check-out process, let them know which books you want
The few books that are not rentable at the CU Book Store may be custom editions,
include one-time use software, and have other similar characteristics. We strive
to make as many titles rentable as possible.
A customer who brings back a book too damaged to re-sell (water damage, pages
falling out, binding ripped, etc.) must pay the difference between the rented
price and the used price. This option is available prior to the return deadline.
If the customer decides not to return a damaged book, then the customer is
responsible for the replacement cost, which is the full, used price of the book.
This is in addition to any rental fees they have already paid. For the penalty,
we always charge the credit card used to rent the book, which may be their
parents’ credit card.
Yes. Just come into the store and we’ll charge you the difference between the
rental price and the full retail price. You will pay the same as if you simply
bought the book in the first place.
Rentals are due back the same semester they are rented. Rental textbooks are due
on the Wednesday after commencement. The exact date of the deadline will be
printed on your textbook rental agreement.
A customer who does not return a rental book by the due date must pay the full
replacement cost of the book, which is the used price. This is in addition to
any rental fees they have already paid. We always charge the credit card used to
rent the book, which may be their parents’ credit card.
Yes. Simply print out your return paperwork and shipping label through the web
site and bring the label and your books to our Textbook department and we will
ship them for you.
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