Beginning in the fall, Boston University will give students a new lease on their sometimes budget-focused, hectic lives by offering a new textbook rental program designed to deliver maximum savings and convenience.
Designed by BU administrators and Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, the innovative rental program will allow students to rent their textbooks for less than 50 percent of the cost of purchasing a new book. Students will be able to rent books from Barnes & Noble at Boston University or from the bookstore’s website.
Other features of the rental program include:
· Students can pay the rental fees using any form of tender currently accepted by the bookstore – including student financial aid and campus debit cards.
· Students can highlight or mark the rented books just as they would if they purchased a book and planned to sell it back to the bookstore.
· Students have the option to convert their rental to a purchase during the first two weeks of class.
· The rental period is for the duration of the term/semester. Books are due back at the bookstore no later than 10 days after the last day of finals.
· Courtesy emails will go out as the end of the term/semester approaches reminding students to return their books. Books not returned, or returned in unusable condition, will be subject to replacement and processing fees.
“Barnes & Noble began piloting the rental program earlier this year at 25 campus bookstores across the country,” said Paul Maloney, Territory Vice President for Barnes & Noble. “The response from students where the program was piloted was tremendous.”
In particular, students liked having the option of getting their books immediately – as opposed to waiting for a shipment to arrive – and they appreciated knowing that the books they were renting were guaranteed to be the right books for the classes. More than 90 percent of the students surveyed said they would rent from their campus bookstore again.