Welcome To SIUE
Now that you are here the first thing you need to know is Textbook Service is the source for all your undergraduate textbooks;
SIUE students save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on textbooks every semester because of the Textbook Service rental program.
You may have to buy a few books and supplies from the University Bookstore
such as goggles, lab manuals and optional books.
To check for additional class requirements or to place an order,
please visit: www.siuebookstore.com and look for your course and section number.
To assist you, we have developed this quick guide as well as some handy tips to aid you.
Where do you get your textbook?
- TBS is located on the campus perimeter, in the 200 University Park Drive building on the lower level. (3D CAMPUS MAP).
- If you are driving, please use parking lot P4, unfortunately, there is no public parking at the building.
- Once parked, look away from the main campus (behind you) for the gray building.
- Cross the street to the sidewalk leading to the rear entrance of 200 University Park.
- There is also Cougar Shuttle Service to the sidewalk leading to Textbook Service’s entrance.
- Once inside the building, follow the hallway signs to the correct entrance.
How to rent your books (it's easy)
1. Register for classes, and get your Cougar Student ID.
All students must have a valid SIUE Cougar ID card to rent books.
(Student IDs are available at the Student Service Center in Rendleman Hall)
2. Check In - Scan your Cougar Student ID.
Once you come to Textbook Service, step up to one of our check in computers
and scan the barcode on your Cougar Student ID to receive your book list.
Please note - it takes 24 hours for class registry to complete in the computers. Please bring us a copy of your week at a glance (from Cougar Net) if you added a class the day you come to rent books.
(HINT: ask the floor staff and they will happily show you how to find your book(s).)
3. Pick out your books.
Look at your print out booklist - it shows the title and location of every book you need for the semester.
For the most part, books are shelved alphanumerically by class. Books listed as Bulk are located along the back wall.
If you need help ask any of the floor staff they will be happy to help.
Once you have all your books proceed to the checkout counters.
You are responsible for the condition of the books you check out.
4. Checkout your books.
Jump into the checkout line, you are almost done. This line can seem long at times, but don't worry it moves really quick.
Have your Cougar Student ID out and ready for one of the checkers to scan.
You are responsible for the condition of your books.
If you notice any damage on a book please point it out to a checker.
5. Bag your books & enjoy your semester.
Textbook service is environmentally friendly... we no longer have bags...
so remember to bring your own. Book bags work wonders!
Don't forget to return your books at the end of the semester.
Take Care of your Books
Because Textbook Service is a rental facility, we ask that you please take good care of your rental books. Books are reissued each semester. If books become damaged beyond normal daily use, they will not be returnable and you will have to pay the replacement cost. Upon picking out your books you should take a moment to examine them. Books that are issued with slight damage will have a Textbook Service label indicating what type of damage the book has. If the book has no label, please point this damage out to a staff member so they can label the book appropriately. If you receive a book(s) that is damaged with no label contact Textbook Service immediately.
Students are responsible for the condition of their books. Books must be returned in similar condition to what they were rented in.
- Do not: highlight write-in, draw, doodle, or scribble.
- Do not rip out pages for homework or origami projects.
- Do not feed them to roommates, small children, and pets.
- Do not get them wet, keep them in your car, in your shower, or fish tank.
If a book becomes lost during the semester we can issue a replacement.
You are still responsible for both copies.
If the book is not found by the end of the semester we recommend purchasing it as a LOST book.
Lost books are returnable if you find them.
Contact Textbook Service for more information on how this service works.
Textbook(s) provided from Textbook Service are rental books. Remember, the textbook(s) are the property of SIUE.
You are responsible for the care and condition of your rental textbooks.
All books - books that become lost, damaged, or have not been returned by the return deadline
automatically become the students and will not be returnable.
Books will be billed to the student's account at the replacement cost of the books.
This damage can include but is not limited to: writing, highlighting and water damage.
How much does textbook rental cost me?
Rental fees for students are included with your tuition, so there is no payment due at the time of your rental. Rental fees are based on the number of credit hours taken.
TBS provides SIUE undergraduate students with a unique textbook rental program. The textbook rental program is an economical alternative to purchasing most textbooks. At many universities students are required to purchase many costly textbooks every semester. However, at SIUE we take pride in the fact that we help students save money by providing most textbooks for them. No matter how many books you need for a class the rental fee stays the same. The current Undergrad textbook rental fee is $11.70 per credit hour (effective FY2010). This fee is included in your student fees so you do not need to bring money to pick up your books!
- You must bring your scannable student ID to rent books.
- Only you can rent your books.
- You do not need your id to return your books.
- Anyone can return your books.
- You can rent and return books all semester long.
- If you added classes the day you come to get your books you need to bring a week at a glance printout.
- If you drop a class you need to return your books within 3 days or you may be charged the replacement cost of the books.
- You must be enrolled in a class to pick up a book for that class.
- CDs and other supplemental material must be returned with the book, they are sets.
Top 10 Helpful Hints of things NOT to do with your books
10. Use a textbook as a parking break.
9. Do you homework in the rain or shower.
8. Let your cat us it as a litter tray or scratching post.
7. Throw them at the geese near the lake.
6. Feed them to wild, pets, children or roommates.
5. Leave them in the trunk of your car, or the bed of your truck. These places are not waterproof.
4. Get blood, kool-aid, coffee, soda or water on them.
3. Highlight, draw, write or fill in the answers in or on them.
2 Rip out pages to turn in homework on or make origami projects.
1. Keep them…. We are a rental school; you do not have to…
This list may seem a bit silly. But every semester students attempt to return books that are damaged. These are some of the things students have done with their books and they had to buy them.
If you don't believe us visit our bad book page.
Thank you and enjoy your semester
If you have any questions please contact Textbook Service customer service.