WIlliam Carey and Barnes and Noble partner to rent textbooks

HATTIESBURG, MS (WILLIAM CAREY UNIVERSITY) - William Carey University and Barnes & Noble College Booksellers have signed an agreement that will offer textbooks for rent to students on all three campuses in Hattiesburg, Biloxi and New Orleans.


“The rental book program is just another benefit for our students to help make higher education affordable for students who are struggling in these difficult times,” said Dr. Tommy King, president of WCU. “We could not be more proud to have teamed up with a company like Barnes and Noble.”


According to a Barnes and Noble spokesperson, WCU is the first four year institution in the state to become a part of the Barnes and Noble rental book program. Carey will offer rental books in the fall of 2010.


Initially rental textbooks will not be available for every course. “The program will include core curriculum textbooks at first,” said King. Savings for the student will be 50% or less on each textbook available in the program. If a textbook costs $100 to purchase, rent on the same textbook could be $50 or less. 


Other issues involving textbooks have also been addressed including dropped and canceled classes. “Return and refund policies for rented books will be the same as purchased textbooks,” said King. Students will sign a rental contract. Students can use their university issued financial aid for rental books just as with purchased books. Automated messages will be sent by email near the end of the rental agreement period reminding students of the deadline for returning rented textbooks.


Other options for textbook cost deferment offered through the WCU Barnes & Noble campus bookstore include digital books. Selected titles can be purchased in digital formats.


“Cost effective measures like rental books and digital book offerings can be beneficial to faculty as well,” said King. “They can consider using texts in their classrooms that may have been cost prohibitive in the past. It’s a win-win situation.”