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NMSU Barnes & Noble Bookstore begins textbook rental program

November 12, 2010 by Kristina Medley, NMSU News Center

The New Mexico State University Barnes & Noble Bookstore has begun a textbook rental program which will allow students to rent their textbooks for less than 50 percent of the cost of purchasing a new textbook.

Students will also be able to rent textbooks in the store or online, and the new program will be available on all five NMSU campuses. The decision to offer the program was a joint decision made by NMSU and Barnes & Noble College Booksellers.

“One of the reasons we entered into a partnership with Barnes & Noble College Booksellers was to offer our students additional money-saving opportunities that may not otherwise be available,” said Angela Throneberry, NMSU associate vice president for administration and finance. “Now, students across all five campuses will have access to cheaper textbooks.”

Students also have the option to convert their rental into a purchase during the first two weeks of class and may return the books in person or by mail. The books are due back at the bookstore no more than 10 days after the last day of final exams.

Courtesy e-mails reminding students of the return date for their rented textbooks will be sent prior to the end of the semester. Unreturned books will be subject to replacement and processing fees.

Barnes & Noble, the world’s largest bookseller, began piloting their rental program earlier this year at 25 campus bookstores across the country. Response from students where the program was piloted was very positive. More than 90 percent of the students surveyed said they would rent from Barnes & Noble College Booksellers again.

“We are committed to providing students with the widest range of content options and price points available,” said Mark Kerin, vice president at Barnes & Noble College Booksellers. “Whether students are interested in new books, used, digital, unbundled or now rentals, they know they can find what they want at the Barnes & Noble at NMSU bookstores.”

Rental textbooks are available now for the spring 2011 semester. For more information, visit http://www.nmsubookstore.com.