About Textbook Rental

Southeast’s Textbook Rental reduces the expenses of gaining a college education. And we work to make it an easy process. Students pay a fixed rental fee per course $35 plus tax, and the rental fee(s) are charged to the student’s account and appears on their University billing statement.  

It is our mission to rent textbooks required for students at a fraction of the cost of the textbook. This cost savings benefit is for undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in 100-599 level courses and cross listed 400/600 level courses where the primary textbook is available at Textbook Rental. 

The Benefits of a Textbook Rental System 

Renting your textbooks is a great way to cut your textbook expenses without compromising your educational experience. Also, you won’t have to worry about selling your books back at the end of the semester as long as you remember to return them before the deadline. 

Rental period: Students rent their books for the current academic term and are expected to return them no later than Monday following finals. 

Cost: Our system offers a set rental fee of $35 plus tax per course, regardless of the number of rental textbooks used for that course. You will pay, on the average, less than half the price of the new textbook if purchased. 

New/Used Rental Textbooks: Whether the book is new or used, the rental price is the same. 

Convenience: You won’t need to search for your books because they’re all located in one location. Students taking online courses may order their rental textbooks through our website or by calling then pick up at the main campus or ship directly to their home for a minimal charge. 

Choices: Students who visit the Textbook Rental to pick up their books have the added benefit of looking at the book before renting it. 

Payment: Textbook Rental charges the students account for the rental fees, which is included in the Students University billing statement. 

Textbook Identification Numbers: Each of our rental books has a unique identifying number on the front label; this book ID number is attached to the student who checks out that book. This is helpful in knowing who the book is rented to.  

Options: You can purchase your rented book during the rental term if you choose, and the rental fee will be removed, and you will only pay the price of the book. If you don’t want the book, just return it before the due date and you will only pay the rental fee. 

Where is Textbook Rental? 


Kent Library, Basement (entrance by Dearmont)

  • Core textbooks rented here 
  • Rental is a flat fee per course 
  • Purchase charged to student account 
  • Books due the Monday after finals 


University Center, 1st Floor  

Additional textbooks, digital, access codes, workbooks, etc.  

  • Affordable options; rental and digital available 
  • Able to charge purchase to student account 
  • Books due the Monday after finals

Important Dates

  • 11

    First day to rent Winter session Rental Textbooks

  • 18

    Return deadline for fall semester rental textbooks

  • 08

    First day to rent spring semester rental textbooks

  • 16

    Return deadline for winter session rental textbooks

  • 06

    First day to rent summer rental textbooks

  • 13

    Return deadline for Spring semester rental textbooks


During the semester: (fall and spring) 
Monday – Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Saturday, Sunday-Closed 

The week before fall classes start: 
Monday – Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 
Sunday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. 

During Finals Week: (fall and spring) 
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Saturday: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 
Sunday: Closed 

Hours of Operation: (spring break and summer semester) 
Monday – Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 
Saturday, Sunday-Closed

Finding Textbook Rental

Finding textbook rental can be a little tricky. It is located below the library but you have to enter from a separate entrance on the street by Dearmont.


Effective August 1, 2021

Students who rent their textbooks through Southeast Missouri State University Textbook Rental Program, agree to the terms and conditions of the Textbook Rental and Return Policy.

All Textbook Rental books must be returned or postmarked NO LATER than 4pm the Monday after finals of the current semester to avoid any additional charges. Textbooks returned after the due date will be charged a $10 late charge per book up to 14 calendar days from the due date. Textbooks not returned within the allowable time period will be charged the publishers list price for a new replacement copy of the textbook. Both late charges and replacement costs will be applied to a student’s University account.

Textbook Rental books must be returned in satisfactory condition. All returned textbooks are checked for damages after they are returned. If a textbook is returned with excessive damage beyond normal wear and tear, a student’s University account will be charged the publishers list price for a new replacement copy of the textbook. Excessive damage includes, but not limited to: (water damage, mold, chewed or bite marks, missing covers, missing pages, missing book label, excessive highlighting, pages sticking together, stained, etc.)

All Textbooks should be returned to:  

Textbook Rental  
610 Washington Ave, North Dock  
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701  

Please make sure all returned textbooks have a tracking number for your protection. Textbook Rental is not responsible for lost textbooks.

Kent Library 123
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 2020
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701