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Textbook Rental Program

The Textbook Rental program provides another option for students looking to save money on their textbook costs. All textbooks, with the exception of workbooks and custom course packets, can be rented.

Spring 2020 UPDATED Rental Return Policy


All Spring Semester 2020 Rental Textbooks, according to the Rental Policy, were due back to the University Store on or by May 19, 2020. Because of the COVID-19 closure of the University and University Store, we are aware that many students will be unable to meet that deadline. The updated policy for rental textbook returns rented in the Spring semester is as follows:


  • If you would like to ship your books back to the UStore, please visit our FedEx Returns Portal to create a FREE shipping label! Remember you include your TU ID# inside the package.


  • You may also use your own shipping method and return books (along with your TU ID#) to:


    Towson University Store

    Union Building

    8000 York Rd

    Towson, MD 21252


  • We now have limited opening hours to collect in-store returns at our 2nd floor Patio Entrance. Please see our Store Hours page for more information.


  • Our after hours drop-box is NOT available due to the closure of the University Union.


  • Students have until 9/9/2020 to return rental textbooks without penalty. After 9/9/2020, if rental books have not been returned to the University Store, rental charges will be billed to student accounts per the rental agreement terms.


  • If you have any questions, regarding this updated Rental Return Policy for Spring 2020 please email [email protected]



  • Students opting to rent their textbooks must agree to the terms of the Rental Agreement.


  • In accepting the terms of the Rental Agreement, the student accepts responsibility to use the book and return it to the University Store in an acceptable, salable condition (light to moderate highlight and underlining is acceptable; no mildew, wet, or torn books) by the rental due date. Determination of acceptable condition is at the discretion of the University Store.


  • The textbook rental fee is refundable only when returned by the posted Textbook Refund date for the term.


  • The rented textbook must be returned by the last day of finals for the term that it is rented for -- unless otherwise stated below:


    • Spring & Summer Rentals Due: September 9, 2020


    • Fall Rentals Due: December 22, 2020


  • Students opting to rent a textbook authorize the University Store to charge their student account for a replacement copy as well as a $15 non-refundable late fee.


  • Students wishing to appeal charges and fees may do so via our Rental Return Appeal Form.



  • As a courtesy towards the end of the semester, we will send reminder notices to the e-mail address provided online at checkout or attached to your student account. However, it is your responsibility to return your rentals by the due date even if you do not receive these e-mails.


  • Rentals can be returned to the UStore anytime during the semester they were obtained. Rentals can be given to a UStore cashier or deposited in the After Hours Rental Drop Box located on the wall outside the UStore (only when the University Union is open to the public).


  • All rentals must be accompanied by the rental customer's name and student ID#. Rentals returned without the proper customer information cannot be processed and will result in charges and fees.


  • We also accept rental returns through the mail -- provided they are post-marked by the due date. Please package your rentals, along with documentation including your name and student ID#, and ship to:

Towson University Store

Union Building

8000 York Rd

Towson, MD 21252


Towson has partnered with RedShelf and VitalSource to bring students the ability to purchase digital versions of physical textbooks at a lower price. eBooks are enhanced with features such as note taking, highlighting, high speed search, and printing. They are are convenient, good for the environment (and your budget), delivered to your desktop, and accessible across all of your mobile devices.



  • eBooks are listed for purchase alongside the physical textbook options on our website.


  • After your purchase is made, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to access your eBook. You may follow these steps below:


    1. Log into your account.


    2. Click the "Activate and Access eBooks" option listed on the My Account page.


    3. Follow the easy on-screen prompts to access your eBook.




  • eBooks refunds are based upon whether or not the title has been activated, the amount that has been accessed/printed, and the date in which it was purchased.


  • Please note that access/printing restrictions are set by the individual publishers and NOT the UStore.


  • If you would like to request an eBook refund, please contact [email protected] and provide your order number and the title(s) you would like refunded.


  • eBooks are NOT eligible for Buyback.
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