Student Textbook Resources

The University Bookstore’s textbook rental program provides every undergraduate student access to their textbooks and course materials for a fixed fee per term. Students can choose to opt out of the textbook rental program each term.

Approximately 70%-80% of textbooks and course materials will be provided digitally. Students can access content anytime, anywhere — including 100% offline access. Physical textbooks of titles that do not have a digital version will also be provided as part of the textbook rental program.

 

How to review and order textbooks and course materials

Visit the Find Textbooks and Course Materials page to review and order your course materials for all classes you are enrolled in for the current term. 

 

How to access digital textbooks and course materials

Digital textbooks and course materials included in the rental program will be available in AsULearn on the first day of class.

  • Click on the “My Materials” link within any of your AsULearn courses.
    • This will open the AsULearn Dashboard, which will display all of your course materials for each active course in which you are enrolled.
  • If your course materials are not available in the "My Materials" tab, please contact your instructor.

 

How to access physical textbooks and purchased course materials

Physical textbooks of titles that do not have a digital version will also be provided as part of the textbook rental program. All physical textbooks and purchased course materials can be shipped directly to students via UPS for a $10 flat fee or ordered for pick up at the Bookstore.

 

How to request a print copy of a digital textbook

Students actively enrolled in the University Bookstore’s textbook rental program will use this form to order supplemental loose leaf print copies at a cost of $20 per book.  Your student account will be charged for each supplemental copy you order.

To request a print copy of a textbook:

  • You must be enrolled in the textbook rental program. Print copies of textbooks are not available to students who opt-out of the textbook rental program.
  • Only those books assigned to a student can be ordered.
  • Complete the App State Textbook Rental Program - Print Copy Purchase Form. Please provide textbook and course level details.
  • The option to order print copies is available only during the drop/add period and orders after that date will not be fulfilled. See Important Dates for details.
  • The $20 per textbook fee will be charged to your student account. It is your responsibility to pick up requested print copies at the University Bookstore. 

 

How to request a print copy of a Cengage Unlimited textbook

If your textbook is provided through Cengage Unlimited, you can rent a bound physical copy via the Cengage platform. The University Bookstore is not able to provide loose leaf print copies of Cengage Unlimited textbooks. 

To rent a bound copy of a Cengage Unlimited textbook, follow the instructions in this video.

  • Select the four month rental option.
  • Students who elect to rent textbooks via the Cengage platform are responsible for shipping and handling and for returning rentals directly to Cengage. These books cannot be returned to the University Bookstore.

 

Opting out of the rental textbook program

  • Students can choose to opt out of the textbook rental program each term. Some students may choose to opt out if they are student teaching, in clinicals, doing an internship, etc. However, if a student chooses to opt out, they will need to purchase required textbooks from an outlet of their choice.
  • If you would like to opt out, send a request to optout@appstate.edu include your name and Banner ID number.
  • Opt out deadlines:
    • Spring 2022: January 24.
    • Fall 2021: August 27.

 

Important dates 

Fall 2021

  •  July 29: Textbook rentals and orders open.
  •  August 16: Access to digital textbooks opens.
  •  August 27: Deadline to opt out of rental program.
  • August 27: Deadline to order a print copy of digital textbooks.
  • December 14: Deadline to return textbooks.

Spring 2022

  • December 10: Textbook rentals and orders open.
  •  January 10: Access to digital textbooks opens.
  •  January 24: Deadline to opt out of rental program.
  •  May 10: Deadline to return rental textbooks.

 

Returning rental textbooks

Purchased textbooks can be returned, in the same condition as purchased and with the original receipt, within three weeks of the first day of class.

Students will be required to return physical rental textbooks at the end of each term, using either method listed below:

  • Bookstore Drop-off: Students may now return their textbooks to the second floor of the Bookstore during business hours of 8-6 Mondays-Thursdays, 8-5 Fridays, and 10-3 on Saturdays. The University Bookstore is not responsible for rental books left unattended.

  •  Ship to Bookstore: Students who are not in Boone and unable to return their rental textbooks during the regular Bookstore business hours can ship them back using a trackable method to the Bookstore return address - University Bookstore Rental Returns Department, 219 College Street, Boone, NC 28608. Due to the unpredictable nature of shipping times, your return will be processed within 30 days.

  • Students who do not return rental textbooks by the deadline will be charged the cost of the book(s). 
  • Textbooks must be returned in similar condition as received. 
  • Damaged books are not accepted. Late returns may receive partial credit. 
  • Any exception to this policy must have prior approval by one of the University Bookstore Textbook Managers.
  • If rental textbooks are not returned in person or postmarked by December 14th, 2021, the student's account will be charged the replacement cost of the books. Rental textbooks returned after the return deadline will be credited half the replacement cost.
  

Questions?

If you have questions, please put in a Bookstore Support Request ticket (log-in required).

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