Of course, textbooks are always a part of the start of the new year. Textbook purchases typically cost students hundreds of dollars each semester. For the past year, Eastern has been offering students a new cost-saving option through a textbook rental program that allows students to rent textbooks for 45 percent of the cost of purchasing a new textbook. Faculty are encouraged to make students aware of the offering by Barnes & Noble. For more information about the textbook rental program, please contact Benjamin Blake at (860) 465-5283.