Fall 2022 Textbook Buyback & Rental Return Info:

Fall 2022 textbook rental return deadline is December 16, 2022.
The buyout fee will be charged to your Ubill for all books not returned
by this deadline and the book(s) will be yours to keep.

Buyback & Rental Return Hours

Rental Return Deadlines by Term

  • Fall 2022: December 16, 2022
  • Spring 2023: May 12, 2023
  • Summer 2023: August 4, 2023

Although we'd love for you stop by and see us, we understand this may not be possible. Please use the links below to sell your purchased books online! To return your rented textbooks by mail, please see the return textbook instructions above.


  • Your ID is required to sell back textbooks and return rented textbooks.
  • Books must be in reusable condition. We reserve the right to refuse to purchase a used book based on its condition.
  • Buyback operates on a first-come, first-serve basis. The quantity being bought back is limited and may be reached at any time.
  • The price listed is not a guaranteed buying price.
  • Buyback prices are subject to change without notice.
  • Prices listed for selling your books online (below) may not be the same as what is offered in the store or listed using the search above.
  • Bring all your books, even if you didn't buy from us! We work with multiple companies to buy books so we'll check them all to see what the best price we can offer!


    • Get a list of your rented books with our rental look up tool in your ISU Book Store account:
      1. Login to your account with your ISU ID (must log in with your ISU ID)
      2. Go to My Account
      3. Select Purchases
      4. Choose My Rentals to view a list of your rented books
    • Return your books to the ISU Book Store in the Memorial Union during store hours.
    • Ship them back to the ISU Book Store: Attn: Textbook Rental Return, 2229 Lincoln Way, 1150 Memorial Union, Ames, IA 50014.
      Don't forget to provide your ISU ID number! We also recommend insuring your package and requesting a tracking number.
    • If you have questions about your rented textbook please contact us.

    Get paid for your textbooks by selling them back online. We cover shipping, so there’s no cost to you!
    All you have to do is search for the book(s) you want to sell back, print a prepaid label, and ship your book(s).

    • DO NOT INCLUDE RENTED TEXTBOOKS from the ISU Book Store or any other company you may have rented from.
      Please be sure to return rented textbooks to the respective providers.
    • This service is provided by Nebraska Book Company. The purchase agreement is between you and Nebraska Book Company.
    • Your book(s) must be in good condition - no water damage, pages missing, or other damage.
    • Payment for your books will be issued by check within 3 weeks after receiving your shipment.
    • A prepaid shipping label will be provided. You have 7 days to ship your package after creating the label.

    • Sell Purchased Books Online