Spoon River College Implements Textbook Rental Program

Students often experience sticker shock when it comes time to buy textbooks, but Spoon River College students now have the option of renting books instead of buying them.  

“The savings students see will be comparable to those that resulted from the guaranteed book buyback program we implemented several years ago, depending on the book,” said Brad O’Brien, director of the SRC Bookstore. “The difference is that with the rental option, students see that savings immediately instead of after the semester is over.”

More than fifty titles – instructor chosen – will be available for the rental option.

“Our faculty is very aware of the impact book prices have on a student’s financial situation, and they factor that in when selecting their textbooks, choosing those that can and will be used for several years,” said O’Brien.

As escalating textbook prices continue to be an issue for students across the country, O’Brien noted that the SRC Bookstore prices increase only in relation to increases made by the publishers. 

“There are two major factors that drive book costs up,” O’Brien said. “One is when publishers bundle a book with supplemental materials such as CDs, workbooks, or access codes (which give students the ability to access additional online information not included in the book). The other factor is the frequent changes publishers make to an edition.”

While some students turn to online textbook buying to save money, O’Brien noted that can lead to them not getting the most current or correct edition, and they may still be waiting for books to arrive after classes have already started.  O’Brien points out another downfall with online book sales.

“The money from textbooks bought – or now rented – in the college Bookstore helps fund student activities,” O’Brien said. 

Books eligible for rental will be identified on the book tag, and both new and used books are available.

More information about the Bookstore, including deadlines for refunds, can be found at www.src.edu under the Student Services tab, or by calling (309) 649-6294.

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