Students faced a new bookstore this semester as they entered Mabee Student Center.
The usual long line for purchases trailed into the SUB due to the renovations that took place during the holidays. By closing off the hallway to the right of its doors, the store created more space and hopes to increase efficiency.
Bookstore manager Debbie Cottrell thinks the changes were a surprise to students, but have been received well. The most notable renovations are the wall and window where the hallway once was.
“It is a much – needed change as it will be utilized to allow students to pick up online orders quickly. We process many book orders through our online
site, but up until now students still had to wait in the regular lines to get their paid orders picked up,” she said.
They also plan on using it for textbook returns and exchanges.
Inside, students are greeted by new carpet, a dressing room, new shelves for
books and a new display area.
The lengthy lines students are used to experiencing will be shorter as the renovations will allow for a third register during the bookstore’s busiest times of the year.
The store continues to get flooded with business at the beginning
of every semester, but some students are opting to get their books other places.
Sophomore nursing major Courtney Hudspeth decided to rent her books this semester after buying her books on campus in the fall for nearly $800.
“I chose to rent because it has saved me a small fortune. It is easy and convenient,” she said.
Cottrell noted that renting textbooks is getting a lot of attention in the bookstore industry these days.
“Our sales have remained consistent, and I think one reason for this is the effort we make in getting used textbooks,” she said.
Cottrell said the bookstore may consider renting books to students in the future.
Hudspeth thinks this idea is worth trying, but only if it would mean significant savings.
“We are college students that need to save as much money as possible. If they could give me a decent price, I would definitely consider it,” she said.
Junior business systems major Adam Long has seen the renovations to the bookstore, but still thinks it needs some more work.
“It is still small and crammed,” he said.
Long purchases his books at the bookstore, mostly out of convenience.
“I like buying my books on campus because you can use your loan to cover the cost,” Long said.
He believes the bookstore could take further action to cut down the wait.
“They need to promote online book buying more, so that all you have to do is go in and pick them up,” he said.
Cottrell believes the space is important, but Crusaders are first priority, so their needs will be addressed first.
“We gained some additional space, but more importantly, the changes help us to better accommodate our student body,” she said. “Our goal is to better serve our students especially during the really busy times such as the beginning of classes.”