Textbook Rental Frequently Asked Questions
Attending college costs more now than ever before. TIS College Bookstore is helping you out by offering you the ability to rent your textbooks. Renting textbooks has some advantages and disadvantages over buying. Here are a few commonly asked questions and answers to help you decide if renting your books is the right choice for you.
Q: Why would I want to rent textbooks?
A: When you rent your books, you’ll save up to 75% of the list price.
Q: What do I need in order to rent my textbooks?
A: You just need to be 18 years or older, have a valid credit card, an email address and a valid Student ID.
Q: Why do you need my credit card?
A: At the time of purchase, you’ll be charged the rental price for the book. After that, we’ll only charge your card if you don’t bring your books back by the rental return date.
Q: When do I have to return my books?
A: You can click HERE to view the current due date.
Q: What if I forget to return my books?
A: If you don’t return your books by the due date, we’ll charge your credit card a replacement cost. At this point your rental becomes a purchase, which means you can keep it or sell your book(s) back during Buy Back. To view current due dates, please click HERE
Q: What if I decide that I want to keep a book?
A: If you decide to keep a book that you rented, you just need to let us know as soon as possible. You’ll simply receive a refund of your rental fee and be charged regular retail price based on whether the book was new or used when you rented it.
Q: What happens if I drop a class?
A: Rental refunds will be allowed during the normal refund period. Of course, the regular refund rules will still apply: the book needs to be in the same condition as it was when it was rented and you’ll need a copy of your receipt.
Q: Can I rent all my books?
A: The majority of the titles are for rent, but there are some that we are not able to rent.
Q: How will I be able to tell if the book I need is rentable?
A: The book will be on the shelf, like usual, under your class listing. There will be a "Rental" shelf tag indicating that the book is for rent. The rental book will also be labeled with stickers as a "rental book".
When renting on our site, if a Rental is available, there will be a "New Rental" or "Used Rental" option when selecting your books.