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Sales floor, books limited

Service hindered by shrinkage of Bookstore

Published: Friday, February 28, 2014

Updated: Friday, February 28, 2014 18:02


Qing Huang / The Advocate

Students walk into the temporary college Bookstore, which has moved to the modular portable in Lot. 9. The Bookstore has had to cut back on the number of copies of books and materials offered during construction due to a limitation of space.

From a spacious room full of books to a classroom-sized portable, the Bookstore has shifted its location to a smaller facility but continues to serve about 6,000 students.

The Bookstore moved to Lot 9 at the beginning of the spring semester when construction of the new Campus Center began and its old home in the Student Activities Building was demolished, leaving students with a smaller space and limited supplies.

Nick Dunn, Bookstore supply buyer, said the store is also experiencing problems such as leaky ceilings, alarm sensors malfunctioning and doors not shutting properly.

And some of the most important elements to ensure the Bookstore’s merchandise is not stolen are already falling apart.

In addition, Dunn said the Bookstore needs more storage space.

“There isn’t enough room to stock books, so if something runs out we have to put in another order,” he said. “We can’t just grab it from the back like we used to. There’s not much variety anymore.”

Before, students were able to skim the aisles and find their books. Now, they present an employee with the name of the book and wait for him or her to retrieve it.

Dunn said, “From my knowledge, the new center for the Bookstore will be opening in fall 2016. So as of now we will remain here.”

When the temporary Bookstore first opened, the lines were outrageously long, extending outside the doors while the narrow aisles inside the building were jam-packed with bodies. Some students said they waited nearly half an hour in order to check out.

Student worker Jacqueline Alejandre, however, said they established a system at the start of the semester where the first two aisles go to register one and two, and the other two aisles go to the other registers.

One of the biggest concerns many students had about the new location was book buybacks.

Because there are only five book buybacks throughout the year, Dunn and his team pushed book buyback back to the beginning of February, in hopes of slashing the long lines mid-semester.

Due to the increasing use of online book renting, the book buybacks have not been as time consuming, which has benefitted the student workers in the more compact space.

Apart from the obvious changes, Alejandre said, “It’s the same amount of work, we just have to condense the items to fit within a small space.”

Some students voiced their displeasure with the space and location of the Bookstore.

Culinary arts major Ciarra Streater said, “It is very tiny and it’s hard to make a trip from class to the Bookstore and back to class in a timely fashion because of its new location.”

As the semester has progressed many students, on the other hand, are adjusting.

Rickala Geeter, a student worker, agreed that nothing has really changed. There are still lines just as there were at the beginning of the spring semester.

Faculty and students have been forced to adjust to the location and smaller space, by determining when the busiest hours are at the store to avoid long lines and crowds, she said. 

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