Box of Books Program

Save time and money with the Box of Books Textbook Rental Program

The Box of Books Textbook Rental program makes it easier, more affordable, and convenient for you to get your textbooks and course materials to be ready for your classes.

How It Works

1. Register for Classes

Upon registering for classes, you will be automatically enrolled into the Box of Books program. The Bookstore will start preparing your textbooks and course materials.

2. Verify Your Order

One month before the start of classes, you will receive an email from Barnes & Noble College to your Hawkeye email address to verify your order and select your delivery preference: in-store pickup or shipped directly to you.

3. Receive Your Order

An email notification from Barnes & Noble College will be sent to your Hawkeye email when your order is ready for pickup or when it ships.

Digital materials for your course(s) will be available when you login to Canvas.

4. Return Your Rental Textbooks at the End of the Semester

At the end of the semester, you will receive email reminders from Barnes & Noble College to your Hawkeye email address to return your rental textbooks to the Hawkeye Bookstore.

Rental textbooks must be returned by the last day of the semester.

Box of Books Program Details

Important Dates and Deadlines

Box of Books Auto Enrollment

  • Summer 2022: Students that register for Summer 2022 classes March 21 – August 1, 2022 will be automatically enrolled in the Box of Books program.
  • Fall 2022: Students that register for Fall 2022 classes March 21 – November 2, 2022 will be automatically enrolled in the Box of Books program.

Charging Books to your Student Account

  • Books for Summer 2022 can be charged to your Hawkeye student account May 20 – June 6, 2022.
  • Books for Fall 2022 can be charged to your Hawkeye student account August 12 – 31, 2022

Opt-Out Deadline

  • Summer 2022: Monday, June 6, 2022
  • Fall 2022: Tuesday, September 6, 2022

See Opting out of the Box of Books program.

Box of Books Refund Deadline

  • If you've dropped a Summer 2022 course or withdrawn from Hawkeye, you must have your course materials returned to the Hawkeye Bookstore by Monday, June 6, 2022 to receive a Box of Books refund.
  • If you've dropped a Fall 2022 course or withdrawn from Hawkeye, you must have your course materials returned to the Hawkeye Bookstore by Tuesday, September 6, 2022 to receive a Box of Books refund.

What is included in this program?

The Box of Books program is a textbook rental program that provides all required textbooks, lab manuals, access codes, and electronic book versions.

What is excluded from this program?

The Box of Books program does not include consumables that cannot be returned such as lab goggles, dissection kits, molecular biology kits, engineering kits, nursing kits, art kits, or drafting kits.

Current high school students enrolled in Concurrent Enrollment courses are excluded from the program.

How much does this program cost?

The Box of Books program allows Hawkeye’s bookstore partner, Barnes & Noble College, to purchase materials for all courses in bulk, significantly reducing prices to students.

Through the Box of Books program you pay $23 per registered credit hour billed to your student account at the end of the Add/Drop period unless you have opted out of the Box of Books program.

This flat credit hour fee is charged on all classes regardless if the course(s) requires a textbook or course materials. For example, if you are registered for 12 credit hours, your student account will be billed $276 ($23 x 12 credit hours = $276).

Compare Costs

To calculate the cost of opting out of the Box of Books program and buying all your textbooks and course materials individually, enter your complete course schedule in the Hawkeye Bookstore's Find Course Materials tool to find everything you need for class. Select the term opt out option in the Term dropdown.

If you determine the Box of Books program is more expensive for you, you can choose to opt out of the Box of Books program and purchase your textbooks and course materials individually.

How do I enroll in this program?

All students registered for credit courses are automatically enrolled in the Box of Books program upon course registration.

Current high school students enrolled in Concurrent Enrollment courses are excluded from the program.

How do I get my textbooks and course materials?

You can choose to pick up your prepared package of textbooks and course materials at the Hawkeye Bookstore, located in the Brock Student Center, or have your textbooks and course materials shipped directly to you. An email communication from Barnes & Noble College will be sent to your Hawkeye email address one month before classes start for you to verify your order and select your delivery preference.

When do I need to return my textbooks?

Students are required to return textbooks issued through the Box of Books program to the Hawkeye Bookstore by the last day of the semester.

The deadline to return textbooks will be printed on a sticker on your textbook and on your receipt. You will also receive email notifications at the end of the semester from Barnes & Noble College to your Hawkeye email address to return your rental textbooks.

If you know you will need the same textbook for a continuation course you will still be required to return the textbook. For the next semester of the continuation course you will be issued the same title, but not the same physical textbook you returned.

Also see What happens if I drop a course or withdraw from Hawkeye?

Can I buy my rented textbook?

Students that would like to purchase their rented textbooks will be able to do so at a reduced rate during the return period.

What happens if I do not return the textbook by the due date?

A charge, as determined by the Hawkeye Bookstore, will be applied to your student account if you fail to return textbooks issued through the Box of Books program within the designated time period. See Returns and Refunds for more information.

What happens if I drop a course or withdraw from Hawkeye?

Students dropping a course or withdrawing from Hawkeye must return items issued through the Box of Books program by the Box of Books Refund Deadline to receive a refund.

If you drop a class and enroll in a different class, the bookstore will “swap” the required textbooks/codes so that you have what you need.

What happens if I add a course after the semester has started?

Summer 2022: Students that register for a Summer 2022 course before August 1, 2022 will be automatically enrolled into the Box of Books program.

Fall 2022: Students that register for a Fall 2022 course before November 2, 2022 will be automatically enrolled into the Box of Books program.

Can I opt out of the Box of Books program?

Yes, students can opt out of the Box of Books program and purchase their textbooks and course materials individually.

Opting Out of the Box of Books Program

If you decide to opt out of the Box of Books program you will be responsible for obtaining all required textbooks and course materials necessary for you to be successful in your classes.

The Summer 2022 Box of Books opt out deadline is Monday, June 6, 2022. If you wish to opt out for future semesters, you will need to re-submit the opt out form by that semester's opt out deadline.

The Fall 2022 Box of Books opt out deadline is Tuesday, September 6, 2022. If you wish to opt out for future semesters, you will need to re-submit the opt out form by that semester's opt out deadline.

Opt Out of Box of Books

Buying textbooks and course materials after opting out

To purchase the textbooks and course materials you need, visit the Hawkeye Bookstore's Find Course Materials tool to place an order or, if you are purchasing your textbooks and course materials elsewhere, to confirm the title and ISBN number for the current textbook being used for the course section you are enrolled in as editions can change frequently. Be sure to select the term Opt Out option from the Term dropdown.

Can I opt out if I’ve already received my rental textbooks?

Yes, students electing to opt out of the Box of Books program who have already received their Box of Books package from the Hawkeye Bookstore are required to return the rental textbooks to the Hawkeye Bookstore within 24 hours of submitting the opt out form. Students who fail to do so will be assessed the full cost of each rental textbook to their Hawkeye student account.

Upon opting out of the Box of Books program the Box of Books charge will be credited to your Hawkeye student account.

Once opting out, can I opt back in?

Yes, if you've opted out of the Box of Books program and would like to opt back in, please contact the Business Office.

Contact Information

Business Office

Hawkeye Center 122
319-296-4417
Email the Business Office

Regular Hours

Mon–Fri 8:00am–4:30pm

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