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EIU Textbook Rental Service

SPRING 2020 Information

Students can access their Spring 2020 textbook information on PAWS.  


Textbook Rental Service is currently closed due to Governor Pritzker's issuance of Executive Order 10 to Shelter in Place and we are currently operating remotely.  If you have any questions, please email  Please continue to monitor your EIU email, EIU’s COVID-19 website, and our website.

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.  

Spring 2020 Textbook Return Deadline Information

The deadline to return or postmark Spring 2020 textbooks from on-campus courses has been extended to Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 5 p.m.  Late textbooks from on-campus courses will only be accepted during the five-day grace period.  The deadline to return or postmark Spring 2020 textbooks from online or off-campus courses is the five-day grace period deadline, Friday, May 15, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.  

The replacement cost of any textbooks not returned from the Spring 2020 semester by the five-day grace period deadline, Friday, May 15, 2020 at 4:30 p.m., will be posted to individual student accounts immediately following the deadline.  Please review textbook information on PAWS for a complete listing of textbooks checked out for the current semester to ensure all textbooks are returned. 

Textbooks from the Spring 2020 semester will need to be returned by using the external book drop located under the blue awning at the Northeast corner of our building or by mailing them back to Textbook Rental Service. You will need your E-number or Panther Card to activate the external book drop.  Students returning to Charleston to move out of their on-campus housing may return their textbooks at that time to Textbook Rental Service via the external book drop. 

The address for mailing textbooks back to Textbook Rental Service is:
Textbook Rental Service
Eastern Illinois University
975 Edgar Drive
Charleston, IL 61920

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).  If textbooks are not received by the deadline and charges are posted to an individual student's account, these charges will be adjusted accordingly once the package(s) is received and the postmark date is verified.

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

Check-Out/Check-In Procedures

Make sure to check out our check-out/check-in procedures page to see the process for returning your Spring 2020 textbooks via the external book drop.  You will need your E-number or Panther Card to activate the external book drop. 

**Remember to protect your textbooks!  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 all 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.

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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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