Textbook rentals are very popular among college students because more often than not, textbooks are cheaper to rent than to buy. However, the process of renting and returning them can be confusing, especially if it’s your first time renting a book. Let’s go over some tips that will help you rent and return your textbook rental quickly and easily!

Things to Remember When Renting Your Books

It’s no secret that college students love any opportunity to save money, that’s why renting textbooks is an attractive option for many students. However, there are a couple things you should keep in mind before ordering your rentals. 

1. Usage

When it comes down to the physical book, there isn’t going to be much difference between one that has been purchased and one that has been rented. The only difference to consider with rental books is that since you don’t own the book, there are limitations to what you can do with it. 

For example, if you are someone who likes to highlight and make notes in a textbook as you are reading, then rentals might not be a good option for you. Most textbook rental companies will expect that the book be returned in fairly good condition, which means that any significant physical changes made to the book might result in additional charges after the rental is returned.

2. Rental Periods

Another thing to consider before you rent textbooks is how long you will need it for. eCampus.com offers 3 rental terms to choose from; semester, quarter, and short-term. Other sites might have different rental periods, but most will have an option with a due date towards the end of the semester.

If you need your book for an extended period of time and are unsure if you will be able to return it by the end of the rental period, then you should consider purchasing the book instead.


How long can you keep your book?

If you’re following along, one thing to keep in mind is that you are renting your book, not purchasing it. That means you will only be able to rent each textbook for a fixed number of days. In most cases, that time ranges from short-term (a few weeks) to a semester term (until classes end). You can keep your book for the entire length of your rental period. If you are unsure of when you need to return your rental, check with your rental provider.

Can I extend my rental term?

If you end up needing your book a little longer than expected, it’s best to check with the provider that you rented the book from. 

If you’ve rented your book from eCampus.com, you can request an extension online in your account. You can purchase your rental in your account as well or by contacting our customer service team before your due date. 

What if my book is damaged?

It is important that you check your textbooks for any damages when it arrives. If you notice the book is damaged in any way, let your provider know ASAP. It is important that you document any damages to avoid being charged once your rental is returned. If you return a rental that is damaged and unable to be rented again, you may be charged for the damages.

Where do I ship my rented book back?

When it comes time to return the book that you rented, visit the site where you purchased your rental for instructions.

eCampus.com customers will be provided with free return shipping labels for their rentals. You can return the book in any ordinary box. Simply package the book, print the return label, and send it back. Visit your account on eCampus.com for additional instructions if needed.

Any course materials that have been rented from your campus bookstore can usually be returned there.
Overall, renting textbooks is a great option for most college students. When it comes time to rent textbooks, eCampus.com has you covered for all your course material needs at savings up to 90%! Be sure to connect with us @ecampusdotcom on Twitter, Instagram, & Facebook for more resources, tips, and some great giveaways!