Rent, use & return. Students who enroll at Shoreline Community College for Fall Quarter 2010 will have a new option for getting their textbooks - the opportunity to rent textbooks from the SCC Bookstore.
“There are currently approximately 75 titles to choose from for Fall Quarter,” SCC Bookstore Director Mary Kelemen said. “Students can find rental opportunities for classes across the curriculum.”
The rental program can provide a 30-50 percent savings over purchasing new or used books and students will realize the savings upfront at the time of the rental. “We are constantly looking for additional ways to save students money,” Kelemen said. “The Textbook Rental Program is another way to help.”
Kelemen said the program should expand in coming quarters, adding more books for more courses. The rental books are clearly indicated on the bookshelves with both purchase price and rental prices provided to make it easier for students to make the determination whether to rent books or purchase them – new or used.
Kelemen said rental-option benefits include:
• Reduced risk of not getting books in the mail in time for the first day of class
• No risk of getting the wrong textbook
• No shipping fees
• Assured competitive prices
Purchasing new and used textbooks at the bookstore and taking advantage of the Textbook Buyback program are still smart financial choices as well. “These options provide students with greater choice and flexibility,” Kelemen said.
When purchasing new and used books there is no guarantee that the instructors will use that same textbook the following quarter, and if not, it will not be on the buyback list. If it is on the list, it would guarantee a buyback price of 50 percent of the new price even if purchased used. If the book is not used again by the instructor and therefore not on the buyback list and/or the bookstore does not receive the textbook requisition on time, the student will receive only between 10 percent and 30 percent for the textbook.
Kelemen said students should think carefully before making the decision to rent or to purchase.
“If you are using a textbook for more than one quarter, think twice about the rental choice as you will pay the rental fee each quarter and that may end up costing you more than purchasing a new or used textbook in the first place,” Kelemen said. “In a nutshell, choose wisely.”
The books can be rented for only one quarter at a time and must be returned by the Monday following Finals Week or the student will be charged the difference between the rental price paid and the purchase price of a new text plus a $30 fee.
Additionally, bundled textbooks (books bundled with materials such as CDs, study guides, access codes and periodical subscriptions) are not available for rent. “Custom” textbooks also are not available for rent due to the specialized nature of the content and the limited market.
For Fall Quarter, students can go to the bookstore for rental books. Beginning Winter Quarter 2011, the rental option will be available online at the college web site. In order to rent a textbook, students need a current SCC identification card, be at least 18 years of age and have a charge card (not a debit card) to secure the transaction.
For more information, contact the SCC Bookstore at 206-546-4732.
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