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How to Return Your Books

Summer 2021 Textbook Rental books are due August 9, 2021 by 4pm. If you have questions regarding your summer textbook returns, please contact us during regular business hours Monday-Friday 8am-4pm. We will have our afterhours book return door chute available beginning August 2, 2021, or follow instructions below on how to ship your books back. 

Take the Final—Return Your Textbooks!

Returning your textbooks is SO 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 send  two emails to all students reminding them of the due date, the available book return locations and office hours and the hours of the after hours drop box. We also mail a memo to students who are no longer enrolled to remind them to return their rental textbooks.

Don’t get stuck with the bill!

Rental/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 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.)

Where to return your books 

DURING FINALS WEEK FOR FALL/SPRING ONLY

Textbook Rental: Located in the basement of Kent Library

Towers: Check in table near the front desk Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm, and Friday 9am-3pm

River Campus: At the Art Resource Center (Seminary Bldg), Monday-Wednesday 9am-7pm, Thursday-Friday 8am-5pm

Regional Campuses: Kennett, Sikeston, and Cape College Center, and at the Poplar Bluff SEMO office (check each location’s hours in the links)

 2-After Hour Locations:

The  Book Return Drop chute is located in Textbook Rental’s Main Entrance Doors. Beginning at 4pm 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 students 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 Southeast Bookstore. Beginning at 4pm the Monday of finals week  and remaining open until 8am 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: KennettSikeston, and Cape College Center, and at the Poplar Bluff SEMO office (check each location’s hours in the links)

After Hours: The Book Return Drop chute located in Textbook Rental’s Main Entrance Doors, will be beginning at 4 pm Monday, August 2, 2021 through 8am 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 students University Account. Please refer to the  Rental/Return Policy regarding late and non returned book charges. 

Shipping Textbooks back to us

If you cannot make it to campus, textbooks may be shipped back. 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 ENVELOPES, 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.

Quick Links:

United States Postal Service:https://cns.usps.com/

UPS: https://www.ups.com

FedEx:https://www.fedex.com/lite/lite-ship.html#address 

Textbooks are to be shipped to:

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

How do I know if they were all returned?

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 Southeast Missouri State University homepage, click My Southeast click Student SS tab, click Banner Self Service, click Student, click Textbook Rental Detail, click Textbook Rental Detail again. Textbook Rental Detail

What should I do if I cannot find my book, it’s damaged or I want to keep it?

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 Southeast Missouri State University homepage, 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!

What condition is considered “satisfactory”?

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

See FAQ for additional information on Returning your Textbooks

 
Books Not Returned by Due Date
Appeal Form

Contact

573.651.2236
rentabook@semo.edu
Kent Library 123
Textbook Rental
One University Plaza, MS 2020
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701