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You may RENT textbooks through ECU Dowdy Student Stores for many courses. Recent surveys found that more than 63% of ECU students rented books.  Please note, however, that not all titles are available as rentals. Textbooks can be rented in our store on the same shelves with new and used books.

Rentals can also be handled through our online ordering system. The link to rent the book will take you to the site to complete your transaction.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much do I save with textbook rental?
Renting textbooks saves you up to 80% over the cost of purchasing a new, printed textbook.

How do I pay for my textbook rental?
Payment can be made by credit card, cash, check, Financial Aid, or Bounty Bucks (former Gold Key).  A credit card is required however, in case you damage or forget to return your book.

Can financial aid be used to pay for a textbook rental?
Funds from a Bookstore Account can be used to pay for a textbook rental in our store. Online rentals cannot accept Bookstore Account funds at this time.

How long is the rental period?
The rental period is between 30 - 125 days. When ordering online, realize that rental period "begin" date does not begin on the first day of classes. See your rental agreement, store receipt, or rental order confirmation for the return policy and due date. All rented textbooks must be returned properly and in good condition, by the Rental Return Due Date. PLEASE DO NOT SELL YOUR RENTAL BOOK BACK SINCE IT WAS NEVER PURCHASED.

How do I know which books are available as rental?
Simple! Textbook Rentals are clearly displayed when you shop in the bookstore. Look for specially marked rental signs alongside our other textbooks.

What happens if I drop a class?
See our Textbook Refund Policy for refund guidelines for both in-store and online rentals.

Can I get a refund if I don't drop a class?
See our Textbook Refund Policy for refund guidelines for both in-store and online rentals.

Can I buy my rented textbook?
You may decide to convert your rental to a purchase. Visit our website for pricing details.

Can I mark up the inside of the book with a highlighter or make notes in the margins?
Normal use of highlighting and writing is permitted. Rental book returns must be in salable condition. Salable condition will be determined by us in our sole discretion, but generally means book spine intact, no excessive damage to cover or contents, all original pages intact, all original components present, and no excessive highlighting, writing or other markings.

What happens if I forget to bring my rental books back?
If you don't return your book after the expected return date you will be charged for the next possible return date. If you rented the book for the semester, and that return date has passed, you will be charged a late fee. If a rental book is not returned you will be charged the difference of the rental and the cost of the book.

How do I return my books?  If shopping online, you will receive packaging and a pre-paid return shipping label with your order.  If renting in-store, you will return your books to the bookstore.

Can I rent books from Dowdy Student Stores online site?
Absolutely! Please visit the ONLINE SHOPPING SITE. If you have questions, don't hesitate to stop by Dowdy or call us, 1-877-499-TEXT or email studentstores@ecu.edu

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