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News Contact:
Cathy Summa-Wolfe
, Director
Communications & Community Relations

New Textbook Rental Program Has Arrived At COM

Students Can Save Up To 50% By Renting

Kentfield, CA—August 9, 2010—College of Marin students can save money this fall by choosing to rent instead of purchase textbooks. Currently over 50 titles are available for rent and that number is expected to increase over time as demand increases.

The new textbook rental program will allow students to rent their textbooks for less than 50% of the cost of purchasing a new printed textbook. Plus, as an added convenience, students will be able to rent their books either in the store or from the store’s Web site:

“We are pleased to offer this service to our students,” said Al J. Harrison II, COM superintendent/president. “Making textbooks more affordable for our students is a priority and the decision to offer a textbook rental program was a joint decision made by the District and Barnes & Noble College Booksellers.”

“We are committed to providing students with the widest range of content options and price points available,” said Kimberly Otte, vice president at Barnes & Noble College Booksellers. “Whether students are interested in new books, used, digital, unbundled, or now rentals, they know they can find what they want at the College of Marin bookstore.”

Other program features include:

  • Students can pay the rental fees using any form of tender currently accepted by the bookstore – including student financial aid and campus debit cards. (Note: For security purposes, a valid credit card must also be provided regardless of the tender used for the rental fee.)
  • Students can highlight or mark the rented books just as they would if they purchased a book and planned to sell it back to the bookstore.
  • Students can convert their rental to a purchase during the first two weeks of class.
  • The rental period is for the duration of the term/semester. Books are due back at the bookstore no later than 10 days after the last day of finals. Students can return the books in person or mail them to the bookstore.
  • Courtesy emails will go out as the end of the term/semester approaches reminding students to return their books.
  • Books not returned (or returned in unusable condition) will be subject to replacement and processing fees.

Barnes & Noble began piloting their rental program earlier this year at 25 campus bookstores across the country. Response from students where the program was piloted was tremendous. In particular, students like having the option of getting their books immediately - as opposed to waiting for a shipment to arrive –and they appreciated knowing that the books they were renting were guaranteed to be the right books for the classes. More than 90% of the students surveyed said they would rent from their campus bookstore again.

Fall semester begins August 16. For more information about College of Marin bookstore, visit

About College of Marin
Founded in 1926, College of Marin is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. College of Marin offers a variety of credit, noncredit and fee-based courses that assist students in transferring to four-year universities, training for new careers, learning basic skills and enriching their lives. Two campuses serve Marin County. One campus is located in Kentfield, CA and the other, the Indian Valley Campus, is located in Novato, CA.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, operates 775 bookstores in 50 states. Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, also operates 639 college bookstores serving nearly 4 million students and over 250,000 faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States. For more information, please visit

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