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Textbooks for courses numbered 100-499 are furnished to on-campus undergraduate students on a rental basis by the Bookstore Rental Department of the Bookstore. Students pay a flat fee of $140.00 each semester and are entitled to the adopted textbook used in each course for which they are registered. Part-time students pay a pro-rated amount equal to the number of semester hours for which the student is registered times the established hourly rate. Part-time undergraduate students who enroll in a course for which the Book Rental Department declines to provide a text will receive a refund of the rental fee for that course. No such refund is available for full-time undergraduates because these students receive the benefit of the book rental program for a set fee, without regard to the number of courses taken or books used in a particular term. The book rental fees are included with tuition.

Graduate students must purchase all their texts regardless of the level of the courses. Textbooks for courses numbered 500 and above are available in the Bookstore's textbook section in the store. For courses numbered below 500 the books are available for purchase in the Book Rental Department.

Please note that all textbooks for Distance Learning classes must be purchased. Textbooks for Distance Learning are not included in the Book Rental program.

Rental books must be returned no later than five working days after the last day of final exams each term (including Mini-Mester and Summer School).  Unreturned books will be charged to your student account at replacement cost.  Books returned after this five-day period will be credited to your student account at 1/2 the charged amount.  Grossly mistreated books must be purchased. There are no exceptions to the above policy.

Textbooks may be returned by mail. Include your full name and student ID number to:  

WCU Bookstore
Attention Book Rental
Western Carolina University
311 Memorial Drive
Cullowhee , NC 28723

Q: What is book rental?
A: Book Rental is a system where textbooks for courses numbered 100-499 are furnished to undergraduate students on a rental basis.

Q: What is the cost of the book rental plan?
A: Students pay a flat fee each semester and are entitled to adopt textbooks used in each course for which they are registered.

Q: How and where do I pay?
A:
The book rental fee is included in tuition.  You can pay on campus, by mail, or online.

Q: Where and how do I pick up books?
A: Book Rental is located in the WCU Bookstore. Student fees must be paid before rental books can be picked up. Students receiving financial aid must complete and return the acceptance form to the University, even if the balance is zero.  Please bring your student ID card (also referred to as your "cat card"), when you come to pick up books.

Q: Can I mark inside the book rental text?
A: Yes, but please do so as sparingly as possible. These books are usually reissued for several semesters. Students will be billed for books grossly mistreated (ex: dirt, water damage, missing rental number page, missing cover, missing pages, etc.)

Q: Can I purchase rental books?
A: Students can purchase books at the replacement price if they wish, but this does not exempt them from paying the rental fee.

Q: Where and when do I return book rental textbooks?
A: Students must return books to Book Rental no later than five working days after the last day of final exams each term (including Mini-Mester and Summer School). Unreturned books will be charged to your student account at replacement cost. Books returned after this five-day period will be credited to your student account at ½ the charged amount. Grossly mistreated books must be purchased.

Q: What if I get an incomplete in a class?
A: If a student receives an incomplete in a course, the student will be allowed to keep the rental book with no penalty, through the following semester if the student brings written documentation ie. a grade sheet to Book Rental showing the course which has received an incomplete.  Only textbooks for the incomplete courses may be kept.  All other books must be returned on time as stated in the rental policy.

Q: Will I have to buy additional books?
A: Supplemental textbooks may be required, such as lab manuals, study guides, reference materials, etc. Supplemental textbooks are available through the Bookstore (average cost $52.00).

When you pick up rental books:
    • Make sure you have initialed for each book you received.
    • READ, sign, and date the Book Rental Agreement. 
    • If your book is coming apart or if your rental number page is coming off, please return the book to the Book Rental Department immediately for replacement or repairs. 
    • If you drop a class, please return the textbooks immediately.
    • Inspect all books before leaving the Book Rental Department and have the clerk note the type of problem on your card, to avoid charges when the book is returned. Remember, you must purchase books that are damaged by water or dirt, missing a cover, missing the rental number page, missing pages, etc., if it is not noted on your rental card. 

When you return rental books:

    • ALL books must be returned at the end of each semester.
    • It is your responsibility to return your rental book on time.
    • Remember, you must purchase books that are damaged by water or dirt, missing covers, missing the rental number page, or missing pages.
    • Make sure each textbook is marked off your rental card when you return the books.
    • When you return all your rental books, make sure you are given your rental card or a cleared book rental receipt to close your account.
    • Students who do not return their books on time will be charged the replacement cost of the book.
 
 

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