Textbook Rental

It's like a scholarship for every student

Welcome to the Textbook Rental Department! Southeast Missouri State University offers a unique benefit for our students. As a long standing tradition, we have a textbook rental system that is convenient and an economic benefit. Students pay a fixed rental fee per course. It is our mission to rent the main textbook required for students at a fraction of the cost of the textbook.  This cost savings benefit is for Undergraduate and Graduate students who are enrolled in 100-599 level courses and/or cross listed 400/600 level courses where the primary textbook is available at Textbook Rental.

Textbook Rental is owned and operated by Southeast Missouri State University for the benefit of our University Community. You help support the University through renting your books at Textbook Rental since all the proceeds from our operations are returned to the University. Thank you for your support!

Information for Southeast Bookstore go to www.semoshop.com  

Fall Textbook Rental Books Are Due December 18, 2017 before 4pm or postmarked on or before December 18, 2017 to avoid additional charges. We will accept late semester book returns, which will be subject to a late fee of $25.00 per book December 19 through December 21, 2017. Textbooks postmarked Tuesday, December 19 through Friday, December 22 will also be eligible to return with the late fee of $25.00 per book. The University will be closed December 22, 2017 through January 1, 2018.

Textbook Rental :(basement of Kent Library)

(Monday- Thursday), December 11-14, 2017 730am-6pm,
(Friday), December 15, 2017 730am-500pm,
(Saturday), December 16, 2017, 11am-3pm

Towers: Check in table near the front desk Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm, and Friday 9am-3pm,
River Campus: At the Art Resource Center (Seminary Bldg), Monday-Wednesday 9am-8pm, Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday 9am-3pm
Regional Campuses: Kennett, Malden, Sikeston, and Cape College Center, and at the Poplar Bluff SEMO office (check each location's hours in the links)

After Hours: The Big Red Drop Box is located in Dearmont's Main Entrance Lobby, it will be there beginning the Monday of finals week and closing the following Monday at 8am. Enabling students to return textbooks when Textbook Rental is closed and over the weekend following finals and up until the deadline.

The Drop Box is available:

December 11-14, 2017 (Mon-Thu)—6pm-730am
December 16-17, 2017 (Fri-Sat)—5pm-11am
December 17-18, 2017 (Sat-Mon)—3pm-8am

Please do not use the Kent Library's book return wall slots.

Textbook Rental Important Information

Dates Information

Jan 8

First day to pick up Spring Textbooks

Jan 13

Open 10am-4pm

Jan 14

Open 1pm-4pm

Jan 15

Textbook Rental Open 10am-5pm MLK Day no classes

Jan 16

Spring Semester begins

Jan 16-19

Please check our contact and hours page for hours of operation for these two weeks

Jan 22-26

Please check our contact and hours page for hours of operation for these two weeks

Mar 5-9

Discontinued Textbook Sale

Mar 12-16

Spring Break- Our Hours are 8am-4pm

Mar 30

Designated Holiday-Closed

May 12


May 14

Spring Textbooks are due by 4pm to avoid additional charges


Kent Library 123
Textbook Rental
One University Plaza, MS 2020
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
Redhawk Food Pantry
Located inside Textbook Rental/ Monday-Friday 12noon-4:00pm