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EIU Textbook Rental Service

Textbook Rental Service

Textbook Rental Service provides the students of Eastern Illinois University with quality textbooks at an affordable cost. This service enables all students, regardless of their financial resources, to take advantage of the educational opportunities offered at the university and participate fully in their learning experiences.


Textbook Rental Service is temporarily closed through April 7, 2020.  If you have any questions, please email

Q: What should I do with my textbooks?

A: Please keep your textbooks for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.  You will need them as you continue your studies remotely.  Please continue to monitor our website along with your email for information regarding how to return your textbooks at the end of the semester. 

Textbook Rental Service will not be charging drop/withdrawal fees for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.

Students can view their Spring 2020 textbook information on PAWS

**We recommend a waterproof book bag/backpack or another type of protective method for transporting your textbooks to and from our facility.  Keep them away from food, drink, and all other potentially damaging situations, including protecting your textbooks from weather-related conditions.  Students will be required to pay full list price, plus tax, for any textbooks that have been lost, written in, highlighted or underlined, have any visible signs of liquid damage of any type, have been subjected to unusual wear, or have RFID tags that have been removed or damaged in any way, plus any associated late fines. 

Note: If a student is taking both on-campus courses and online or off-campus courses, he/she will need to pick up all textbooks at Textbook Rental Service.  Textbooks are only mailed, via UPS, to students taking all of their courses online or off-campus, who do not live in Coles County, do not work on-campus, and have verified their street address with Textbook Rental Service,  Textbooks will not be mailed until a student has verified their street mailing address with our office. 

**If you generally take on-campus courses during the Fall/Spring semesters, please verify your street mailing address if you will be going home or let us know if you will be staying local for the Summer and picking up your textbooks to ensure the issuing of textbooks for the Summer semester.

Please Note textbook fees and late fines for dropped/withdrawn courses - Remember to return all textbooks, from dropped or withdrawn courses, within the designated time frame to avoid charges.


  • 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 book drop.

  • You may return textbooks that are no longer needed for your courses or that you are finished with at anytime during the semester without incurring any charges, with the exception of those associated with dropped/withdrawn courses.

  • The regular textbook sale expires on Friday, April 3rd for textbooks currently checked out for the Spring 2020 semester.  Textbooks must be brought with you at the time of purchase; however, you may email Christina Coffey at to find out the prices of your textbooks.  Please include your E# and specific textbook information in the email.

  • Textbook Rental Service is WIFI accessible.  If you have an internet or WIFI accessible phone, ipod, or tablet, you can access your textbook pick-up information/textbooks issued for current course schedule from PAWS.

  • It is extremely important for all of our students to access their EIU email account throughout the academic year, including scheduled breaks, to receive information from our department.

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Contact Information

Mailing Address

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

Contact Us

(217) 581-3626
Fax: (217) 581-3590

Fall/Spring Hours

Monday through Friday
8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Summer Hours

Monday through Thursday 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

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