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Textbook Buyback & Rental Return

Textbook Buyback Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):


How does the textbook buyback program work?

For two weeks at the end of each semester, we hold large textbook buyback events in the store. You can bring books you’re interested in selling and we’ll pay you cash on the spot.


Do I need my original receipt to sell my books back?

No, a receipt is not needed. You will need to provide your NetID or your Cornell ID card. We buy books no matter where you purchased them.


Can I sell back a book that I bought used?

Yes, we very much want books you bought used as well as new. The main determinant of the value is whether it will be used the next semester at Cornell.


How much money will I receive when I sell my books back to The Cornell Store?

If we know the book will be used at Cornell in the next term, during the end-of-semester buyback event we will pay a premium price for the book until we reach the quantities needed. This price is paid even if you purchased a used copy. We also purchase thousands of other titles on behalf of companies that sell used books to other college stores; this is considered the wholesale price of a book. Bring all your books to our counters to learn the value of each book you have.


Will you personally notify me when it’s time to sell back my books?

Yes. If you provide your Cornell ID card or your Net ID when you purchase textbooks, you will be signed up to receive an email at textbook buyback time.


What kind of condition is acceptable?

The books must be in good condition. Highlighting and underlining are fine, as long as it doesn’t make the text illegible. Some wear is fine, but the bindings must be in good shape, with covers and pages intact. Books that are water-damaged will not be purchased.


Will you buy old editions?

In most cases, the answer is no. Once a new edition is available, it is rare for the older edition to be used at Cornell or other campuses. Bring your book to The Cornell Store to learn whether we are able to purchase your edition.


What about examination copies, teachers’ editions, and international editions?

We do not buy back or sell any of these formats.


Can I sell back coursepacks or ebooks?

No, the contractual terms with the owners of the intellectual property do not allow us to buy back course packs or ebooks.


What about selling online or to another student at Cornell?

This may be a legitimate option for you, but keep in mind that there is very little market for old editions. When you sell online, you will pay freight and transaction fees and experience a delay until you receive your funds. Most students feel that the convenience, immediate access to cash, and the prices we pay are a good deal when everything is factored together.




Rental Textbooks Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):


How do I return my textbooks at the end of my rental period?

Bring all rented textbooks back to Textbook Rental Returns counter located on the lower level of The Cornell Store, Main Campus by Saturday, December 21, 2019. If you will be unable to return your rented textbooks by the due date, you must contact us by email before December 21, 2019: textbooks@cornell.edu.


Where do I find my textbook's due date?

Rented textbooks for Fall 2019 are due back to The Cornell Store by Saturday, December 21, 2019.


What happens if I am late returning my textbooks?

If a rented textbook is not returned to The Cornell Store by the due date of December 21, 2019, you will be bursar charged for the buyout price: purchase price at the time of rental plus a 10% fee, less any rental fees already paid. Please do not mail or drop off any overdue rental books that have already been charged for buyout.


How do I know if I have any rental textbooks?

Reminder emails will be sent for each textbook that is rented under your NetID. If you notice an error or are unsure of which books you rented, please reach out to us immediately: textbooks@cornell.edu.


I mistakenly sold back a book that I rented. What do I do now?

A rented textbook that is sold back during buyback cannot be reversed. You will be charged the buyout price plus a 10% fee for the rented textbook that was not properly returned.


What if I have a damaged rental?


Rented books that have visible signs of water damage, missing pages, damaged cover or spine, excessive markings, or other physical destruction of the book will not be accepted for return. Rented textbooks deemed as an unacceptable return will be converted to a purchase plus a 10% fee and payment will be due at the time of buyout.


Can I extend my textbook rental?

At this time, we do not allow rental extensions. All rented books must be returned by December 21, 2019. If you require your rented textbook past the due date, you will need to purchase the book at the buyout price.


Can I purchase the textbook during my rental period?

Yes, when returning your rental textbook, let the cashier at the Textbook Rental Returns counter know you’d like to keep it. Payment is due at the time of buyout.


Can I have someone else bring back my rented books?

Yes. Rented books are checked in under your NetID, so the person you designate to bring back your rentals will have to know your NetID. For best results, we recommend returning your own books.


Do I receive any money back for rented textbooks?

No. Rental fees paid to rent the book for the semester are not refunded. At the beginning of the semester, rental refunds are permitted during the refund period. At the end of the term, rented books are simply “checked-in” the same way a rented car is returned at the end of its rental period.