AUBURN UNIVERSITY TEXTBOOK RENTAL POLICY

  1. TEXTBOOK ISSUANCE:

 

  1. Issuance of rental textbooks for students begins on the date announced by the Auburn University Bookstore on its website and other locations.

 

  1. For in-store rentals, students must present their Student ID (Tiger Card) at the time of rental and pay the applicable rental fee.  In-store rentals are only processed at the AU Bookstore Haley Center.

 

  1. Students must rent their own textbooks.  A student may not use another student's Tiger Card or Student Number to rent textbooks

 

  1. The textbook rental fee is not charged as part of the tuition.  The textbook rental fee is collected at the time rental textbook(s) are checked out in-store.

 

  1. Each student is responsible for the textbooks he or she rents and must adhere to all terms and conditions in the rental agreement and this Policy, including without limitation, all terms and conditions regarding textbook return. Unless otherwise indicated herein, the provisions of this Policy apply to in-store textbook rentals.

 

For the purpose of this Policy it should be understood that for a rented book to qualify as returned by the 5:00p.m. deadline on the Return Date the rented book must be presented to and checked in by the designated full-time textbook employee.

 

  1. RENTAL TEXTBOOK RETURNS          

 

  1. Textbook Return Dates

 

  1. Return Date – Rented textbooks must be returned to the AU Bookstore, Haley Center no later than 5:00p.m. on the Return Date. Students who withdraw from the University must return their rented textbooks no later than 5:00p.m. On the semester’s Return Date.

 

  1. Late Charges – Late fees are charged for rented textbooks which are returned after closing time on the Return Date.  Students who wish to keep rented textbooks (including those used in sequence courses) for study over the semester break and over the summer must pay an additional rental fee before 5:00p.m. on the Return Date.
  2. Drops – To obtain a full refund of the rental fee, the student must return the rented textbook to the Auburn University Bookstore, Haley Center no later than 5:00p.m. on the tenth class day of the semester.  If a class is dropped after the 10th class day, the student must bring with them the original receipt for the rented textbook and a printed revised class schedule showing the course has been dropped by 5:00p.m. semester drop/add deadline. Otherwise to avoid being charged for the replacement cost of the unreturned rental textbook, the rented textbook must be returned by 5:00p.m. on the semester’s Return Date.

 

  1. Incompletes – Students with incompletes in courses for which they rented textbooks must return the rented textbooks by 5:00p.m. on the semester’s Return Date in order to avoid being charged for the replacement cost of the unreturned rental textbook.  Rental textbooks must be returned to the Auburn University Bookstore, Haley Center.

 

 

  1. Returning Textbooks

 

  1. Rented textbooks are to be returned to and checked-in at the AU Bookstore, Haley Center.

 

  1. A Tiger Card or photo Identification card is not required for rental textbook return.

 

  1. Student’s may return another student’s rented textbooks, but the student who rented the textbooks remains liable for all charges and costs if the other student fails to return textbooks in a timely manner for any reason, including loss or theft.

 

 

  1. FEES AND CHARGES

 

  1. Charges
    1. A student whose rented textbooks are not returned by 5:00p.m. on the semester’s Return Date will have the replacement cost of a rented textbook, applicable sales taxes, and a $15.00 late charge per unreturned rental textbook applied to the student’s e-Bill (Financial Account).  The replacement cost of a rental textbook is the textbook’s replenishment cost from the publisher (new textbook).
    2. Students may review charges to their Financial Account (e-Bill) through AU Access. The charges will be processed by Financial Services.

 

  1. At the discretion of the Auburn University Bookstore Assistant Director, Books, late charges for tented textbooks not returned by the Return Date deadline may be waived on account of sickness, injury or family emergency provided the student has a notification of absence from the office of the Dean of Students or other proper documentation of the circumstances.

 

  1. Long overdue accounts may be referred to a collection agency in accordance with University policy.

 

 

  1. Lost, Stolen and Damaged Texts

 

  1. If a rented textbook(s) is lost or stolen, or returned in so damaged a condition that it is not re-rentable, the student must notify the Auburn University Bookstore, Haley Center, prior to 5:00p.m. on the semester’s Return Date, and in any of those events the replacement cost of the rented textbook plus applicable sales taxes will be charged to the student account.

 

  1. If a lost or stolen textbook is subsequently found or recovered and it is in good, undamaged usable condition and still used in the course (i.e. has not been discontinued) by the date it is returned to the AU Bookstore , Haley Center, then the student shall receive the buyback value of the rented textbook.

 

  1. Students will have seven (7) days from the date they rent a textbook in which to inspect the rental textbook for damage or excessive highlighting, underlining,, or marking and if found, reporting it to the Auburn University Bookstore Assistant Director, Books. If the student fails to report any pre-existing damage or excessive highlighting, underlining, or marking within the 7-day period, then thereafter at the discretion of the Auburn University Bookstore Assistant Director, Books, the student shall be deemed to have accepted the rental textbook in its then current condition.  This may result in the textbook’s replacement cost plus applicable sales taxes being charged to the student’s account when the textbook is returned.

 

 

  1. Excessive highlighting, underlining, or marking textbooks is not allowed and may result in the new textbook replacement cost plus applicable sales taxes being added to the student’s Financial Account (e-Bill) when the rental textbook is returned.

 

  1. Disputes.   All complaints involving rental textbooks, including without limitation, damage decisions, late charges and replacement cost of a textbook, and lost or stolen rental textbooks, must be delivered to the Auburn University Bookstore Assistant Director, Books, within 14 days of the date the complained about problem occurred.  Complaints submitted after the 14-day submission period will not be accepted for review and action.

 

 

 

If you have questions about policy relating to your particular situation, it is important that you consult the Auburn University Bookstore Assistant Director, Books, only.  You assume the risk of relying on information from other students or faculty members because the information may be inaccurate.  The Auburn University Bookstore telephone number is (334)844-4241.

 

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