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Textbook Rental Program Coming to the UNH Bookstore

May 12, 2010

Beginning in fall 2010, the UNH Bookstores in Durham and Manchester will give students a new lease on their sometimes budget-focused, hectic lives by offering a new, multi-channel textbook rental program designed to deliver maximum savings and convenience. 

This textbook rental program will allow students to rent their textbooks for less than 50 percent of the cost of purchasing a new printed textbook. Plus, as an added convenience, students will be able to rent their books either in the store or from the store’s Web site www.unh.bncollege.com.

This decision to offer a textbook rental program was a joint decision made by the UNH administration and Barnes & Noble College Booksellers.

“UNH is excited to offer this service, said David May, assistant vice president for business affairs at the university. “We are always looking for ways to keep the cost of education down for our students and the textbook rental program does just that.”

Sarah Hutz, store manager for Barnes & Noble College Booksellers at the UNH Bookstore and UNH alum, said, “We are committed to providing students with the widest range of content options and price points available. Whether students are interested in new books, used, digital, unbundled, or now rentals, they know they can find what they want at the UNH bookstore.”

Other program features 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. (Note: For security purposes, a valid credit card must also be provided regardless of the tender used for the rental fee.)
  • 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 can convert their rental to a purchase during the first two weeks of class.
  • The rental period is for the duration of the semester. Books are due back at the bookstore no later than 10 days after the last day of finals. Students can return the books in person or mail them to the bookstore.
  • Courtesy e-mails 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 its rental program earlier this year at 25 campus bookstores across the country. Response from students where the program was piloted was tremendous. In particular, students like 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.

Watch for more details about the rental program in the coming months. For more information about the UNH Bookstore, visit www.unh.bncollege.com.

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