Mailing Information

      For those students who wish to mail textbooks, the address is:

Eastern Illinois University
Textbook Rental Service  Louis M. Grado Building
975 Edgar Drive
Charleston, IL 61920

                We encourage the insuring of all packages.  All textbooks must be postmarked by the designated deadline.

Contact Us
    Phone: (217) 581-3626
      Fax: (217) 581-3590

Fall 2014 Information

Please check PAWS to verify all the textbooks you have checked out that need to be returned for the Fall 2014 semester prior to returning your textbooks.

CATCH THE PANTHER SHUTTLE!  On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, December 17, 18, and 19, during scheduled business hours, the Panther Shuttle will stop at Textbook Rental Service between regularly scheduled Walmart and University Union stops.  Please see the shuttle bus schedule for the regular times of Walmart and Union stops.  Because of this additional stop, shuttle stop times during those three days may be approximate

Textbook Rental Service will be closed Thursday, December 24, 2014 through Friday, January 2, 2015. The exterior book drop will be available during our closing, except for Monday, December 29 and Tuesday, December 30 due to EIU network maintenance. It hopefully will be back available after 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 30. We will reopen on Monday, January 5, 2014 at 8 a.m.

In order to expedite the textbook return process, we strongly encourage students to bring their Panther Card ID.  We recommend a waterproof book bag or another type of protective method for transporting your books, to and from our facility.

Textbooks can be returned inside our facility during regular business hours or, for your convenience after business hours, please utilize our exterior book drop located under the awning at the Northeast corner of our facility.  You will need your Panther Card or E# to activate the exterior book drop.

Check-Out/Check-In Procedures

Make sure to check out our check-out/check-in procedures page to see the process for picking-up/returning your Fall 2014 textbooks.

  Fall 2014 Textbook Return Hours

Monday, December 15th

8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Tuesday, December 16th

8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Wednesday, December 17th

8:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Thursday, December 18th

8:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Friday, December 19th

8:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.


Fall 2014 Five-Day Grace Period Return Hours

Saturday, December 20th

Closed – Exterior Book Drop Available

Sunday, December 21st

Closed – Exterior Book Drop Available

Monday, December 22nd

8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Tuesday, December 23rd

8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Wednesday, December 24th

Closed – Exterior Book Drop Available

Thursday, December 25th

Closed – Exterior Book Drop Available

Friday, December 26th

Closed – Exterior Book Drop Available

Five-Day Grace Period Deadline 4:30 P.M.


The deadline to return Fall 2014 textbooks from on-campus courses without a fine is Friday, December 19, 2014 at 3 p.m. Late fines are charged $20 per book and are posted to individual student accounts immediately following the return deadline. Late textbooks are accepted during the five-day grace period.  All textbooks returned after the established deadline and during the five-day grace period will be subject to a $20 per book late fine, with the exception of textbooks from courses through Continuing Education. After the five-day grace period, no textbooks are accepted and all late textbook charges are posted to the associated student account along with the previously posted late fine charges. There are no refunds. This five-day grace period will expire on Friday, December 26, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.

Textbooks must be returned or postmarked by the stated deadlines and cannot be returned when you return to campus for the Spring 2015 semester.

If you drop or withdraw from a course, you must return all associated textbooks within two business days of dropping/withdrawing the class to avoid charges.  For dropped/withdrawn courses, a non-refundable $20 per book processing fee will be charged for the associated textbooks not returned within the designated time frame.  In addition, all textbooks not needed should be returned immediately.