COLUMBUS, Miss. — Mississippi University for Women announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Barnes & Noble College to manage and operate the school’s bookstore beginning Monday, March 18. The transition will take place during spring break, March 11-15.
Dr. Martin L. Hatton, MUW associate vice president for academic affairs and campus textbook coordinator, said, “Barnes & Noble is bringing a lot of excitement to campus. We know the quality Barnes & Noble establishes both in product and service, and we look forward to having more to offer to campus and the local community as a result of this partnership.”
Max J. Roberts, president, Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, added, “We’re very proud to have formed this new partnership with a university that has a long tradition of excellence in liberal arts and professional education.
“We’re fully committed to providing the Mississippi University for Women campus with a strong and thriving bookstore, dedicated to providing the latest in educational content and technology and an unmatched retail experience.”
The bookstore will continue to offer textbooks, course materials, school supplies, apparel, gifts and other branded merchandise. In addition, a number of innovative services focused on delivering cost savings and convenience will be introduced to students. These offerings include the following:
· In-store and online textbook rentals – Students will have the option of getting rentals either online or in the store. Students opting for textbook rentals will save more than 50 percent over the cost of a new printed book. Students will be able to pay rental fees using cash, checks, credit, or student financial aid.
· Rapidly expanding selection of eTextbooks – In addition to offering savings of up to 60 percent over new printed books, Barnes & Noble’s revolutionary and free Nook Study™ application serves up eTextbooks in an engaging format that enhances the overall learning experience.
· Generous cash-for-books program – Students with books faculty plan to reuse next semester will be eligible for a 50 percent cash payout, up to needed inventories.
· Registration Integration – A user-friendly Registration Integration system allows students to reserve and order textbooks immediately after they register for courses online, automatically populating carts with the right books for the right class and making the purchasing process more convenient than ever.
The MUW Bookstore will also have its own locally managed Facebook page and will have access to FourSquare promotions as well as the student-focused blog, thecollegejuice.com.
Barnes & Noble is committed to a smooth and successful transition for the MUW Bookstore. Its knowledgeable and experienced transition team has handled countless bookstore changeovers using processes and procedures that work effectively in making the transition as painless as possible – without undo interruptions for student and faculty.