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
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.