Textbook Rental

How it works

  1. Search by ISBN, Title, or Keyword.
  2. Rent for as long as you need (grab insurance and save!).
  3. Receive your books.
  4. Return your books.  We’ll pay shipping AND we’ll send you the return envelope!

Pro Tips
  1. Search by ISBN. It’s the number that starts with “978” and is like the book’s fingerprint. Search by ISBN and you’ll get the right book, in the right edition, every time.
  2. Rent like it’s your job. If you only need a rental for a few weeks, we do that. If you need to keep your books longer—another week, month, or term—we do that too. Details below!
  3. Rent ALL your books. Seriously. If you decide you want to buy them later, we’ll just charge you the difference and you keep the book. There’s zero risk. Details below!
  4. Bake us cookies. No one knows why, but this makes you way happier. It’s the truth. It’s science.

Rental Periods
First things first: every rental with CampusBookRentals.com comes with a complimentary, free, built-in 15 day grace period. From final exams to food poisoning, we know your life’s hectic. Renting your textbooks shouldn’t have to be. So: you have a Rental Return Deadline, and if you can get your books back to us within two weeks of the deadline, we won’t charge you a dime.

Next things next: we rent textbooks for Semester (130 days), Quarter (85 days), or Summer (55 days) periods. Each rental period begins on the day we deliver your books, and you must postmark your books by the last day of your rental period (unless you need to use that 15 day grace period).

Finally: if you want to rent your book for an additional 15 or 30 days, we make Rental Extensions easy. Log in to your account, choose your extension length, checkout, and we’ll give you a new Rental Return Deadline. (If you have trouble, just Contact us!)

If you’re retaking your class or want to Re-Rent your books for any reason, we’ll give you a discount! Log in to your account, click “Re-Rent,” checkout, and we’ll give you a new Rental Return Deadline. (If you have trouble, just Contact us!)

If you just love your book and want to Buy it, awesome. We’ll count the money you’ve already paid us towards the purchase price, which means you just need to pay any difference between the purchase and the rental price. Log in to your account, click “Buy and Keep my Books,” check out, and the books are yours forever.

Receiving and Returning your Books

Getting your Books: After placing your order, please allow 24-48 hours for processing (excluding weekends and major holidays). Your books will be shipped from either the CampusBookRentals.com warehouse or the warehouse of one of our suppliers. Books may arrive in one or separate packages, and may or may not bear the markings of CampusBookRentals.com, depending on availability from our direct warehouse. After the processing period, please allow 7-14 business days for standard shipping, and 5-8 business days for expedited shipping. If your book has not arrived by the expected arrival date, contact us immediately. Our Customer Support team is really really good at what they do.

Returning your Books: You focus on getting a great education; we’ll take care of textbook returns.

After you receive your books, we’ll send you a FREE, PRE-PAID, PRE-ADDRESSED ENVELOPE. When it’s time to return your books, just stuff them in the envelope, then drop off the envelope at the nearest U.S. Postal Service blue mailbox or Post Office.

For your peace of mind (and ours!) each rental return envelope also has its own unique tracking number, so we can tell exactly where your books are at any time. When your books get to our warehouse, we’ll update your account and send you a confirmation email. Easy, right?


1. How do textbook rentals work?
It’s simple. Begin by searching for your textbook by ISBN (10 or 13-digit number that can be found on the back cover of each book), title, author or keyword. Next select how long you would like to rent the book then add it to your cart. Repeat for each book you’re looking for. After completing the order we’ll ship them to you and you’ll also receive a prepaid mailer. Return your books in the mailer by your rental due date.
2. Is renting a textbook better than purchasing it?
We offer both! You can buy or rent the book through Campus Book Rentals. It’s up to you to decide which option best meets your educational needs.
3. How do I track my order?
Login to your account here, you’ll see your current rentals listed textbook rentals listed with a yellow box that says “track”. Click the box to view the tracking number. *Not all books will have a tracking number since they may be sent from one of our partners. Tracking numbers will be updated as they become available.
4. How do I return my books?
When you rent textbooks from Campus Book Rentals you’ll receive a prepaid mailer. When it’s nearing your due date you’ll place your books inside the mailer and take it to the nearest USPS drop box or Post Office. If you don’t receive a mailer you can print a return label from your account. Return shipping is prepaid so please use either of the two methods to ensure they arrive at the correct facility.
5. Can I write or highlight in my book?
Of course! Just remember that future students will rent the same book after you, so please be respectful.
6. How much money can renting my books save?
It depends on the book. Generally renting textbooks can save you up to 80% compared to a new textbook.
7. Are Campus Book Rentals’ books the same as my bookstore’s?
Yes! We only ship US edition textbooks, which are the same as your campus bookstore.
8. Do access codes or other supplements come with a textbook rental?
One time use access codes and other supplemental materials are NOT included with rental books and must be purchased separately.
9. What if I don’t return my rental?
If your book rental is not returned by the due date, your credit card will be charged a non-return fee, equal to the replacement value for the book.
10. Can I purchase my book after I rent it?
Certainty! You’re only charged the difference between what you already paid and the value of the book at the time you initially rented. Login to your account and choose to purchase your book and it’ll walk you through the checkout process.

Textbook Rentals

We know that textbook rentals are the best way currently to distribute high quality textbooks, and we want to have you on board! Join over a million students that have saved money by renting! Not only is it better for you, but when you return it that book can go on to help even more students access affordable education. We're confident we offer the best value in rentals, but if you're not a believer you can always return your book for a no questions asked refund within 21 days.

Why Choose Us?

1. Campus Book Rentals pioneered the idea of textbook rentals, making prices significantly cheaper for every student while still maintaining the highest quality. We've been at it since 2007 and the entire industry has had to adapt to keep up.

2. Though keeping prices low has always been the goal, we can boast an excellent support team that has helped thousands of students get the best value for their education. Chat with them at 888-643-1043 or use our live chat link.

3. We practice what we preach. We routinely read our own textbooks to further our own education while at work. We know that only with a well-educated team of individuals can we continue to change the industry for the better.

Make A Difference

At Campus Book Rentals our company is guided by a single question, "How are we making education more affordable?" We know that getting a college education is quickly becoming a rite of passage for students and is becoming more important every year. In order to make education more attainable for the 99%, we started renting textbooks so students could avoid high purchase prices and buyback programs. We know it's a better way, and we're going to show everyone how to make a college education affordable again.