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Rent-A-Text is a low-cost option for acquiring your course materials. You can pay for your rental books the same way you would if you were purchasing new or used books, using a credit card, debit card, check, cash or with your financial aid. You can rent books at any Ivy Tech bookstore or online.

Here's how it works:
  • Step 1: See if your books are available to rent. If so you will see a "For Rent" tag next to the book both in the campus bookstore and the online bookstore.
  • Step 2: Review the terms and conditions of the Rent-A-Text program below, which include charges and fees for non-returned books.
  • Step 3: Complete the rental agreement online or at the campus bookstore (see a bookstore associate for help). The rental agreement requires a credit card, driver's license or state ID, and an e-mail address.
  • Step 4: Return your book at the end of the semester by Barnes & Noble's deadline in order to avoid fees. Barnes & Noble will communicate the deadline at the point of rental and will send you a reminder e-mail near the end of the semester.

Do not rent your textbook if you believe there is a risk you may not return the book on time. If you do not return the book you rent, you will be charged the rental fee plus 75% of the cost of a new book plus a 7.5% processing fee. For example, you will be charged $132.50 by the bookstore for a $100 textbook that you rented for $50 if the book is not returned ($50.00 + $75.00 + $7.50 = $132.50).

These additional charges will be posted to the debit or credit card you used for collateral when you signed up to rent. If these additional fees for non-return exceed your credit limit or debit card's account available balance, you will likely also be charged a fee or penalty by your credit card or debit card company in addition to the charges from the Ivy Tech bookstore for a non-return texbook rental.

The Ivy Tech Bookstore will issue reminders to your e-mail address on your rental agreement, but it is the responsibility of the person renting the book to ensure that it is returned in good condition on time to avoid charges in addition to the rental fee.

Convert your rental to a purchase if you wish to keep it or, you may do so after the bookstore refund deadline but before the rental return due date by paying the difference between rental cost and the book cost based on condition (new or used).