This blog was written by Chris Kelly, associate vice president for university marketing and communication.
Books are a big part of any college student’s academic career. Buying them, reading them and finding out how to get the most out of them once your class is done. I don’t think there’s a student out there who hasn’t asked, “Why do I need to buy this when I’m only going to use it for the semester? Can’t I just rent it?” (I know I did)
While there are some books you want to keep for life, (I have several communication books on the shelf at home) it does seem as if there should be a better way. At Pittsburg State University there is … textbook rental.
While Pittsburg State has offered textbook rental for a few years, the selection wasn’t as robust as students and faculty may have liked. It’s one of the areas that Fawn Chesnutt, manager of the Gorilla Bookstore by Barnes & Noble bookstore on campus, has made a priority and her hard work is resulting in savings for students.
During this past year PSU students rented 3,887 textbooks from the Gorilla bookstore. That’s a 68 percent increase over the previous year, and a savings for students of almost $200,000 off of the price of new textbooks.
This fall the Gorilla Bookstore by Barnes and Noble will offer 380 titles for rent, an increase of 18 percent over last year!
I am not an expert in the field of textbooks (although with as many as I’ve purchased I probably should be), but if renting textbooks means saving money, then sign me up.
Gorilla Bookstore Manager Fawn Chesnutt stocks books in preparation for the fall semester.