|| Beginning in fall 2010, Marymount
University will give students a new lease on their sometimes budget-focused,
hectic lives by offering a new, multi-channel textbook rental program
designed to deliver maximum savings and convenience.
This innovative textbook rental program will allow students to
rent their textbooks for less than 50% of the cost of purchasing
a new printed textbook. Plus, as an added convenience, students
will be able to rent their books either in the store or from the
store's website www.marymountu.bncollege.com.
This decision to offer a textbook rental program was made jointly
by the University and Barnes & Noble College Booksellers.
Dr. Sherri Lind Hughes, Marymount's provost and vice president
for Academic Affairs, stated, "We are pleased to offer this
additional, lower-cost book option to students. With more choices,
they can get the books for their classes in the way that works best
for them. For some courses, they may want to purchase books that
they expect to keep in their libraries. For others, it might make
sense to rent."
Hil Estock, vice president at Barnes & Noble College Booksellers,
emphasized, "We are committed to providing students with the
widest range of content options and price points available. Whether
students are interested in new books, used, digital, unbundled,
or now rentals, they know they can find what they want at the Marymount
Additional Program Features:
- Students can pay the rental fees using any form of tender currently
accepted by the bookstore. (Note: For security purposes, a valid
credit card must also be provided regardless of the tender used
for the rental fee.)
- Students can highlight or mark the rented books just as they
would if they purchased a book and planned to sell it back to
- Students can convert their rental to a purchase during the
first two weeks of class.
- The rental period is for the duration of the term/semester.
Books are due back at the bookstore no later than 10 days after
the last day of finals. Students can return the books in person
or mail them to the bookstore.
- Courtesy e-mails will go out as the end of the term/semester
approaches reminding students to return their books. Books not
returned (or returned in unusable condition) will be subject to
replacement and processing fees.
Barnes & Noble began piloting their rental program earlier
this year at 25 campus bookstores across the country. Response from
students where the program was piloted was tremendous. In particular,
students like having the option of getting their books immediately
- as opposed to waiting for a shipment to arrive - and they appreciated
knowing that the books they were renting were guaranteed to be the
right books for the classes. More than 90% of the students surveyed
said they would rent from their campus bookstore again.
Watch for more details about the rental program in the coming months.
For more information about the Marymount University Bookstore, visit www.marymountu.bncollege.com.
About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world's largest bookseller
and a Fortune 500 company, operates 775 bookstores in 50 states.
Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary
of Barnes & Noble, also operates 639 college bookstores serving
nearly 4 million students and over 250,000 faculty members at colleges
and universities across the United States. For more information,
please visit www.bncollege.com.