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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.



If you have any questions, please email  Everyone coming into our building will be required to wear a mask .  Please visit EIU's face mask policy for additional information.

FALL 2020 Semester

Everyone coming into our building will be required to wear a mask.  Please visit EIU's face mask policy for additional information.  Extended Distribution Hours

Students can view their Fall 2020 textbook information on PAWS

Students taking all online courses:

For the Fall 2020 semester, we will return to normal mailing practices.  All students, enrolling in all online or off-campus courses, reside outside of Coles County, and do not work on-campus must provide a current and accurate street address for shipment of textbooks by contacting Textbook Rental Service via email at  You must provide a street address as UPS will not deliver to a P.O. Box.  Please include your name and E-number in your email along with your full street address including city/town, state, and zip code.  If you reside locally in Coles County, work on-campus, or become enrolled in any on-campus course you will need to pick up your textbooks.  If you do not want any textbooks mailed to you, please contact us as soon as possible.  

When mailing textbooks, we recommend the insuring of all packages.

NOTE: Textbooks mailed back will be processed using the postmark date on the package(s).

Please go to our Spring 2020 semester information page on our website for information regarding how to return textbooks from the Spring 2020 semester. 

**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. 

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.


  • For your convenience after business hours, please utilize our exterior book drop located under the blue awning at the Northeast corner of our facility.  You will need your Panther Card or E-number to activate the book drop.

  • If you are interested in purchasing any of the textbooks you have checked out for the current semester, please 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.
Closed for lunch 12:00 P.M. (Noon) – 1:00 P.M.
8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

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