More and more students are renting textbooks rather than buying them. If you are a student and live in apartments in Lynchburg, VA, you may have some questions about renting textbooks. Here are some common FAQ’s.
How should I decide whether to rent or buy?
As with any purchase, shop around.
If you’re short on cash, renting is usually the cheapest option upfront.
But the type of course also matters. If you are taking a multisemester course like physics, it may be cheaper to buy the book. If it’s a book that is closely related to your intended career, you may want to own a copy for future reference.
Look beyond the campus bookstore. Some campus stores limit rental books to the largest, most heavily attended courses.
Are there any reasons not to rent?
If you tend to be careless, think twice about renting a hard copy, since there may be fees for damage from coffee or food stains. Be sure you return the book on time, otherwise, you might pay overdue fees or even the full purchase price, depending on how late the book is returned. Sign up for reminders by text or e-mail of the due date.
How can I be sure I’m renting or buying the right textbook?
Obtain the book’s specific identification number, or ISBN. Colleges are supposed to list the number in course catalogs. If the number isn’t available, check at a bookstore or contact the professor.