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Guidelines for Developing Textbook Rental Schemes in Schools

These guidelines were announced by the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn in January 2013. The Guidelines provide practical advice to schools on how rental schemes can be established and operated.

Book Rental Schemes were phased out in primary schools in September 2023 when the new 'Free Books Scheme' came into effect. However the guidelines below may still be useful to secondary schools who implement book rental schemes.

Wondering where to buy books for your Book Rental Scheme
or where to get good quality book covers?

SchoolBook Rental Schemes
Do you offer a rental scheme to your students? Buy your new rental books for your school at Let us know what you require, and we will supply a quote to match your needs! Pre-schools, primary or secondary levels - Teachers, we have the titles you need! also offers covering service for €0.99 per book. Find out more .
Folens is a leading provider of educational content.  We specialise in producing high-quality, engaging books and digital resources, that help students achieve their best possible learning outcomes. Find Out More.
Book Haven
The Book Haven provide a Book Rental Scheme for all primary and secondary schoolbooks – both new and second-hand. As a thank-you to schools for their business, the Book Haven supply their ‘SpeedyCover’ machines on loan to schools FREE OF CHARGE. Find out more here.