Book Return Procedure

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Textbooks may be returned at any time during the semester, except when courses are dropped (see Course Drops). The deadline for book return is the last day of the published final exam period. All textbooks, including books scheduled to become obsolete, are to be returned to the Textbook Center by the due date.

If for any reason books cannot be returned in person by the due date, they may be mailed to the Textbook Center. Books received after the due date will be subject to the late fee schedule. The Textbook Center is not responsible for any mailing delays. Please include payment of fines, where applicable, if you do not wish to be billed. (See section on Penalites for late books.)

Deadlines for book return

  1. Fall and spring sessions: Last day of final exams. (The first 8-week session books must be returned immediately for the second 8-week session students.)
  2. Winterim (January): Last day of class.
  3. Summer:
    • Pre-session - Last day of class
    • Regular summer session - Last day of class
    • Post-session - Last day of class

Discounts do not apply on books kept past the applicable due date of each session. The NON-REFUNDABLE full price of the book(s) is due as billed. The textbook return due dates are governed by the CLASS SCHEDULE published by the Registrar's Office.

All books are assigned a unique book number. If books and numbers do not match a student's account at the time of return, the person to whom the book was checked out is given credit for the return.

For the extended hours during book return, please see the Textbook Center's Hours page.

Late Book Return Policy

Books not returned by the published due date are subject to late penalties. Immediately following the published due date for book return, student accounts are billed the full price of unreturned books. If books are returned during the two-week late fee period, bills for books are canceled and late fees assessed. 

Late Fees:

  • First week after the due date: $3 per book if paid at the time of return; $5 per book if billed.
  • Second week after the due date: $5 per book
  • After the second week, books are no longer accepted for return and the full amount is due as billed.  Discounts do not apply!
  • Note: Late fees for the Winterim session have the $3 per book and $5 per book late fee assessed over a one-week period only.

The dates shown on the Textbook Center Policies form published each session and signed by students at time of book pickup govern the late fee schedule and take precedence over other published information regarding the return of properties to the Textbook Center.

Textbook Returns for Dropped Course

If a student drops a course, textbooks must be returned immediately, even if the course is to be retaken the following semester, as another student in the class may not have a book. If a textbook is ordered to cover the shortage of books needed for a class, the student dropping the course and not returning the book within two (2) days of the drop will be charged the NON-REFUNDABLE full replacement cost of the book plus a $5 Processing Fee.

Textbook Returns for an Incomplete

Special arrangements should be made at the Textbook Center for books needed past the due date. It is the student's responsibility, not the instructor's, to advise the Textbook Center about books needed beyond the due date.

Textbook Returns for an Independent Study

Special arrangements should be made at the Textbook Center for books needed past the due date. It is the student's responsibility, not the instructor's, to advise the Textbook Center about books needed beyond the due date.

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