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Rental FAQ

Q: What are the benefits if I rent a textbook?

A: A rented book will have a lower price and allows you to return the book at the end of the semester once you are done with it. You could keep the book if you chose to do so and pay the rental replacement fee, which is the difference between the rental price and purchase price.

Q: How long is the rental period?

A: Rentals are per semester. The price to rent is standard whether you choose to keep them for the whole semester or not.

Q: What do I need to rent a textbook?

A: In order to rent a textbook you need a student ID and a credit or debit card. You also need to sign our rental agreement stating you will return the book by the deadline in proper condition or the credit card you provide will be charged a rental replacement fee. The rental replacement fee is the difference between the rental and purchase price.

Q: Why do I need credit card if I am paying for the rental in some other way?

A: A credit card is required so that in the event that you do not return the rental by the deadline, or the rental is not in returnable condition, the credit card on file will be charged a rental replacement fee. The rental replacement fee is the difference between the rental price and the purchase price.

Q: What if I don't have a credit card? Can I use my parent's credit card?

A: Yes, if the student does not have a credit card in their name at the time of the purchase, a parent’s is acceptable.

Q: Do I have to sign up for a rental account every semester to rent a textbook?

A: No, students are eligible for rentals every semester if they provide a student ID, credit or debit card, and sign our rental agreement.

Q: Can I rent all my books?

A: Check our website for the current list of available rentals.

Q: What if I drop a class; can I get a full refund?

A: The return policy for a full refund on a rented textbook is the same as any textbook purchase. The textbook(s) must be returned with a receipt in its original condition by the deadline. Deadlines for a full refund are posted in store and on your sales receipt.

Q: Can I write in my rented textbook?

A: Yes. You may lightly mark in rented books with pencil or highlights as long as the marks you make do not compromise the book's resale-ability.

Q: What if I lose my book?

A: If a rented book is lost or stolen, the renter will be charged the rental replacement fee to the credit card on file. The rental replacement fee is the difference between the rental price and the purchase price.

Q: When do I have to return my textbook(s)?

A: You may return your rented textbook(s) at any time throughout the semester. The final return due date is listed on your sales receipt, typically the last day of finals. Emails will be sent mid way through the semester as well as the week of finals to remind you of your rented textbook and the return deadline. Please note that the University Campus Store is not responsible if you do not receive these email reminders.

Q: Where do I return my rented textbook(s)?

A: Rented textbooks can be returned at the Campus Store or any of our buy back locations across the campus.

Q: What if I forget which of my textbooks are rented?

A: Contact Book Information at [email protected] and provide your student ID number, and they will be able to tell you which books you have rented.

Q: What if I forgot to return my book or I return it late?

A: It is your responsibility to return your book no later than the date indicated on your sales receipt. books not returned by the date WILL result in additional fees. If additional fees are not paid, the student may have a hold placed on their e-campus account.
To help avoid this situation, you will receive several email reminders the week of finals to ensure that you remember that you have rented a textbook(s) and that the deadline to return it is approaching. Please note that the University Campus Store is not responsible if you do not receive these reminders

   The URI Campus Store offers the option to rent numerous titles throughout the year.

You can rent online or in store.

You have the option to rent a new or a used title (subject to availability).

You can easily return your rental book(s) at the end of the semester.

The deadline to return rented textbooks is no later than the last day of finals for the respective semester. Your rented textbook(s) can be returned to University Campus Store at any time during the semester. During the week of finals rentals can be brought back to any Buyback location.  Please present your Student ID when returning your rented textbook to ensure that your account is properly credited. All rental textbooks must be returned in resalable condition, with all its parts as per the Textbook Rental Agreement. Resalable condition is determined by and at the discretion of the University Campus Store. Textbooks that are deemed non-resalable will not be accepted and you will be responsible to replace the textbook(s) at the current replacement cost. If a rented textbook is not returned by the due date, the renter is responsible for replacing the textbook(s) at the current replacement cost. Payment will be charged to the credit card collected during the sign-up process. For those that rented ONLINE with a Rhody Store Charge, the payment will be applied to the bill.  Please see our list below of FAQs and answers. If you still have any other questions regarding textbook rentals you may contact Book Information at [email protected] or 401-874-2722



1. Renter certifies that he/she is currently enrolled at the University of Rhode Island and has read and understands the terms of this agreement.

2. Renter agrees to rent the book(s) listed on the cash register receipt for a single payment of the rent listed and return the same book(s) in clean, lightly marked and fully resalable condition on or before the rental return due date.

3. Renter agrees to allow the University Campus Store to keep Renter’s credit card number on file and charge Renter’s credit card for any current new book replacement cost and fees if the rental book(s) listed are not returned by the rental due date, for any reason, including loss or theft, or returned items are not in resalable condition, such as when damaged by liquids (rain, snow, coffee, etc.), chemical spills, or tooth marks, or when missing components or having a damaged spine, or are otherwise damaged and/or deemed not resalable by University Campus Store staff.

4. The last day for return of a book for a full refund of rent is the same date that is posted for any textbook purchase return. The return date is listed on the Renter’s receipt.

5. Rent for books rented after the return date is non-refundable.

6. Renter agrees that non-returned and/or damaged items will be billed at the current new replacement cost.

7. Renter agrees to maintain the credit card in good standing throughout the duration of the rental period.

8. All rentals remain the property of University Book Store Inc. while in the renter’s possession.

9. Renter accepts all responsibility for risk of loss from any cause, including theft, lost item(s) or return in non-resalable condition, such as damage caused by liquids (rain, snow, coffee, etc.), chemical spills, tooth marks, missing components or spine damage.

10. Renter agrees to allow a sanction to be placed on his/her E-campus account if a collection on the provided credit card or the Rhody Store Charge Account balance fails.

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