Textbook Rental is an economical way to help reduce the expenses of gaining a college education, and at Southeast, we strive 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 students account and will appear on their University billing statement. Renting instead of buying can save you more than 50% on average compared to the purchase price of a new textbook and you don't have the hassle of trying to sell it back at the end of the semester.

Important Dates

  • 09

    Textbook rental return deadline for summer classes

  • 16

    Textbook rental distribution for fall classes

  • 13

    Textbook rental distribution for wintersession classes

  • 20

    Textbook rental return deadline for fall classes

  • 10

    Textbook rental distribution for spring classes

  • 17

    Textbook rental return deadline for wintersession classes

  • 10

    Textbook rental distribution for summer classes

  • 16

    Textbook rental return deadline for spring classes

Quick Details 

Undergraduate students enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University can rent the majority of their textbooks for the courses they are enrolled in. The rental fee is $35 plus tax per course, for the duration of the semester. All rental books must be returned in satisfactory condition on or before the Monday following finals week. 

Graduate Students can rent a rental textbook if they are enrolled in an (100-599) level course and/or cross listed 400/600 level courses. The rental fee is $35 plus tax per course, for the duration of the semester. All rental books must be returned in satisfactory condition on or before the Monday following finals week. 

Want to see if there is a book for your class?

You may use the Textbook Rental Book Lookup to look up your course number to see if we have a rental textbook for that class.

All other books and materials are available at the Southeast Bookstore

Textbooks may be requested as soon as your registration is finalized, but books will not ship until the week before classes begin. Please request your books as soon as possible to ensure timely delivery before classes begin and assignments are due. Orders received before noon will be shipped the same day, while later orders will be shipped no later than the end of the next day. 

For students who will be attending classes on the main campus, you can pick up your rental books when you arrive on campus. No need to preorder or reserve your books, we are committed to ensuring each student who is enrolled in a class has a book available. 

For second 8-week classes you can pick up your books the week before your class starts. This ensures that both first and second 8-week classes have enough textbooks. 

All you need is to be enrolled in the class and your Southeast Missouri State University student ID, or an official picture ID and your student number. We cannot use your social security number to rent books. Need a list of your course numbers? No problem, we can print one for you. 

Main Campus: 
Textbook Rental is located in the basement of Kent Library. The entrance is located on the east side of Kent Library. Students who are enrolled in classes held on the main campus will need to rent their books at the main campus Textbook Rental location. 

Regional Campus (Kennett, Sikeston and Poplar Bluff):
If taking classes at a Regional Campus, you can pick up your rental books at the regional campus's central office. 

Online Classes  
Online students who only take online classes may place their book request by submitting their textbook request using our Web order form. If you are an online student who lives locally or near a regional campus location, you can save on shipping expenses by visiting the Textbook Rental department to pick up your books. Don't forget to check with the Southeast Bookstore to see if you will need any additional books or materials for your course. 

When you receive your books, please compare your rental check out receipt to your shipment. Please inform us of any discrepancies or damages as soon as possible but no later than one week after classes begin. 

Returning your textbooks is easy! There are several drop-off locations on campus during finals week where you can return your rented textbooks. You can always return your textbooks during normal operating hours throughout the semester at Textbook Rental, located in the basement of Kent Library. 

We will send an email to all students reminding them of the due date, the available book return locations and office hours, and the hours of the afterhours drop box. We also mail a memo to students who are no longer enrolled to remind them to return their rental textbooks.

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.

During Finals Week for Fall/Spring Semesters Only

  • Textbook Rental: Located in the basement of Kent Library 
  • Towers: Check in table near the front desk Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Friday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
  • River Campus: At the Art Resource Center (Seminary Building), Monday-Wednesday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
  • Regional Campuses: KennettSikestonCape College Center, and at the Poplar Bluff office (check each location’s hours) 
  • After Hours: 
    • The Book Return Drop chute, located in Textbook Rental's Main Entrance Doors. Beginning at 4 p.m. the Monday of finals week and remaining open for 14 days following the due date, giving students the ability to return textbooks afterhours and over the weekend during finals and up until the deadline to return them. Textbooks may be returned up to 14 days after the scheduled due date, however, a late charge of $10 per book will be applied to student's University Account. Please refer to the Rental/Return Policy regarding late and non-returned book charges.
    • The Big Red Box, located inside the lobby in front of the Southeast Bookstore. Beginning at 4 p.m. the Monday of finals week and remaining open until 8 a.m. of the due date, giving students the ability to return textbooks when Textbook Rental is closed and over the weekend during finals and up until the deadline.
    • If either location is locked during business hours, please come inside to Textbook Rental to return your books.

During Finals Week for Summer Only 

  • Textbook Rental: Located in the basement of Kent Library 
  • Regional Campuses: KennettSikestonCape College Center, and at the Poplar Bluff office (check each location’s hours) 
  • After Hours: 
    • The Book Return Drop chute, located in Textbook Rental's Main Entrance Doors, will be available beginning at 4 p.m. Monday, August 2, 2021 through 8 a.m. Tuesday, August 24, 2021 giving students the ability to return textbooks afterhours and over the weekend during finals and up until the deadline to return them. Textbooks may be returned up to 14 days after the scheduled due date, however, a late charge of $10 per book will be applied to student's University Account. Please refer to the Rental/Return Policy regarding late and non-returned book charges.

Return by Mail 

If you cannot make it to campus, textbooks may be returned by mail. Outlined below are some important notes about shipping your textbook to the campus.  

  • Please select a strong box that can handle the weight of the books. Do not use cushion or soft padded envelope, they will often tear or come open during transit! If you ship a book in this manner and it is damaged when it arrives you will be responsible for the replacement cost. Using a strong box prevents this damage to the book during shipping. 
  • Please make sure it is packaged securely to ensure it arrives undamaged and complete. 
  • If you are reusing a box, please cover any previous labels and markings with a heavy black marker. 
  • Return shipping is at the student’s expense. We encourage you to consider various shipping options, oftentimes a less expensive option is to use the United States Postal Service-Media Mail service to ship your books back to the campus. 
  • Please use a traceable method of shipping when returning your books. 
  • Textbook Rental is not liable for lost or damaged packages. 
  • As long as the package is postmarked on or before the due date, it will not be considered late. We process all returns by the postmark date on the package.

Textbooks may be shipped to: 

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

Bring your Student ID with you to return your textbooks. The computer operator will scan your ID and give you a receipt, showing the status of all your textbooks.

Or, go to the Portal, click My Southeast click Student SS tab, click Banner Self Service, click Student, click Textbook Rental Detail, click Textbook Rental Detail again.

We suggest that you purchase the book before the due date and your original rental fee will be applied to the purchase price of the book. Go to the Portal, click My Southeast click Student SS tab, click Banner Self Service, click Student, click Textbook Rental Detail, and click Textbook Rental Detail again. 

All sales are final! 

In order for the book to be considered in “satisfactory” condition, which is a determining factor of whether we will accept it back, we ask of you to please take care of our books. 

Please don’t: 

  • Tear out pages 
  • Damage the cover or spine 
  • Stain the book 
  • Spill water all over it or allow it to get wet (we cannot accept moldy books) 
  • Write or highlight excessively 
  • Remove/alter the Textbook Rental label on the front cover of the book 

Our shipping rates do depend on where it is going. In the Contiguous United States, we follow a simple $9.95 for the first rental book and $3.95 for each additional book per order/shipment, which will be shipped via United Parcel Service. UPS ground does not ship to PO Boxes; we must have a physical street address. Orders placed online usually take 1-2 business days to process and ship.  

We ensure all packages sent and can provide a tracking number upon request. The shipping charge will be charged to your University account. Shipping charges are non-refundable. 

U.S. territories, Hawaii, Alaska and international orders will have a higher shipping rate and we will mail those via United States Postal Service, the charge will be determined by the weight and location it will be shipped to. The appropriate shipping charges will be communicated to you separately for your approval. Once you have provided us with your approval, your order will be processed. Please allow additional time to complete your order. The shipping charge will be charged to your University account. 

We can ship your books next or two-day depending on the location only at your request; this can be very costly as it depends on the weight and where it is going. In state orders are not eligible for two-day shipping. 

When you receive your books, please compare your rental check out receipt to your shipment. Please inform us of any discrepancies or damages as soon as possible but no later than one week after classes begin.  

All orders will be shipped USPS. Please allow additional time to complete your order. The shipping charge will be charged to your University account. 

Regional Campus Pickup:

Book requests being sent to a regional campus for pick up will be free of shipping charges.  

Please follow these guidelines when filling out your order form or call us at (573) 651-2236 or email us at rentabook@semo.edu with the information below: 

  • The Country must be the United States 
  • The City must be entered as either APO or FPO 
  • The State must be entered as Armed Forces America, Armed Forces Europe, and Armed Forces Pacific 
  • You must enter your Zip Code 
  • Always include your Full Name, Grade, and PSC or Unit Number 

These orders will be shipped USPS. Please allow additional time to complete your order. The shipping charge will be charged to your University account. 

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