Chatham News

Students enjoy new campus bookstore text rental program this fall

By: Paul A. Kovach, Vice President for Public and Community Relations
August 23, 2010

PITTSBURGH (August 23, 2010) … Chatham University today announced that its campus bookstore will begin offering textbook rental services beginning this fall. Rent-A-Text will offer students a rental option on textbooks – savings that represent 50 percent or more off the price of new textbooks.

Chatham’s textbook rental program will be available to students in store and online with in-store pick up. The program is designed to allow students to choose a preferred form of payment and give students the choice to buy their textbook at the end of the term if they want to keep the book. Also, students will still be allowed to highlight and take notes inside the textbook, all within the normal wear and tear associated with coursework.

Rent-A-Text will be offered through Chatham’s partnership with Follett Higher Education Group. The program is based on Follett’s comprehensive pilot program that saved students nearly $2 million on their course materials in just one semester at seven schools. More than 90 percent of students surveyed, who rented textbooks, expressed satisfaction with the pilot program.

“We have been at the forefront of cost-savings programs for more than a century,” said Thomas A. Christopher, President of Follett Higher Education Group. “Helping to reduce the costs of higher education is part of our mission and we look forward to working with Chatham University to deliver substantial textbook savings to students.”

Follett’s Rent-A-Text is expected to reach more than 400 campuses nationwide for the 2010 academic year. For more information, or

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Every Chatham student – women in Chatham’s historic women’s residential college, and men and women in Chatham’s graduate programs – receives a highly individualized, experiential educational experience that is informed by Chatham’s strong institutional commitment to globalism, the environment and citizen leadership. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with Chatham Eastside and the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Farm Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit

About Follett Higher Education Group
Follett Higher Education Group of Oak Brook, Illinois, is the leading provider of bookstore services and the foremost supplier of used books in North America. Follett services five million students and over 400,000 faculty members through more than 850 stores. Follett also services more than 1,600 independent campus stores with its wholesale services, and has the most visited ecommerce collegiate website,, that provides services and products through a network of more than 900 campus stores.

About Follett
Follett Corporation is a $2.7 billion, privately-held company that provides products, services and solutions to the educational marketplace. Follett Corporation was founded in 1873, and today is headquartered in River Grove, Illinois.