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.

How to access physical textbooks and purchased course materials

Some textbooks are not available digitally. Physical textbooks will also be provided as part of the textbook rental program. All physical textbooks and purchased course materials are shipped directly to students, via UPS.

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:
    • Summer Session I: May 28.
    • Summer Session II: July 6.
    • Fall 2021: August 27.

Important Dates

Summer Session I 2021

May 17: Textbook rentals and orders open.
May 24: Access to digital textbooks opens.
May 28: Deadline to opt out of rental program.
June 29: Deadline to return rental textbooks.

Summer Session II 2021

June 3: Textbook rentals and orders open.
July 1: Access to digital textbooks opens.
July 6: Deadline to opt out of rental program.
August 6: Deadline to return rental textbooks.

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.
December 14: Deadline to return rental 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 and buy back information

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, either via UPS shipping (prepaid UPS shipping label provided) or in-person drop off to the University Bookstore.

  • 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.

The Bookstore provides an opportunity to sell your purchased textbooks through Online Buyback via MBS.

  • MBS is a third-party company that partners with the Bookstore for end-of-term buyback. 
  • If your purchased textbooks have buyback value, you will print out the shipping label provided on the MBS website to ship the purchased books. 
  • Once they receive the books, MBS will send you a check or put money on your PayPal account.

Questions?

If you have questions, please call the University Bookstore at 828-262-3070 or contact one of the Bookstore’s textbook managers:

Betsy Craft
craftef@appstate.edu

James Howell
howelljr@appstate.edu

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