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Renting Course Materials

Renting textbooks means paying a lower 'rental fee' upfront and returning the materials at the end of the semester.
Renting can be a great way to save money; but remember that keeping the books or selling them at buyback are not options for rented materials.

Returning Rentals

All rental books for the Spring 2021 semester must be returned to us no later than Friday, May 21st by 3pm.

Students have two options for returning rental books to us, as outlined below:
OPTION ONE - In-person drop off:
  1) Bring your rental book(s) to us at the Bookstore.
  2) The current Bookstore in-person drop-off hours are 11am to 4pm. This is subject to change. Please check back for any updates.
  3) Rental books should be returned at the main level entrance of the Bookstore.
OPTION TWO - Mail in:
  1) Ship your rental book(s) to us at the following address:
                      UMBC Bookstore
                      Attn: Rental Book Return
                      1000 Hilltop Circle
                      Baltimore, MD 21250
  2) Make sure you include within your shipment a note with your name, contact info (email and/or phone number), and your Student ID.
  3) We recommend UPS as the delivery method as we get daily shipments from them. You may also use USPS, but please note that this will delay the Bookstore's receipt of your items since they will have to be routed first to the campus mailroom.
  4) Shipments MUST be postmarked by May 21st.

Please email [email protected] with any questions.

Due Date

Rented materials are due back to the Bookstore before the close of business day on the last day of final exams.
Spring 2021 | May 21st
Summer/Winter materials are to be turned in at the Textbook Desk by 4pm.
Fall/Spring materials are to be turned in at the Buyback counter located on the bottom level of the Bookstore. Click here to see dates and times.


  • Current UMBC ID required.
  • Student must be 18 years old or older
  • Must be able to return materials by the due date


  • All rentals are for one semester
  • By renting, customers are bound by the 'Rental Agreement' which may be found here as well as in the store.
  • Textbooks must be free from any damage, including liquid stains, upon return.
  • Highlighting and cribbing is acceptable as long as it is not excessive and workbooks cannot be filled in.
  • Textbooks must have no missing pages or covers and looseleaf books must include both the front and back covers.
  • Failure to return the book in acceptable condition before the due date will result in a charge to the customer's University Account for the replacement price of the book.
  • Currently the replacement price is equal to the new retail purchase price minus the rental price.

What Can Be Rented

Course materials may be rented when a rental price is listed next to the item on the online textbook list or on the shelf tags in the store. See the example below. If a rental price is not given, that item may not be available to rent. UMBC Bookstore currently has over 1000 titles available as rentals.

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