LTCC enters partnership with Barnes & Noble College Booksellers
Students will see the same familiar faces, but the look, design and merchandise selection at Lake Tahoe Community College’s Bookstore is changing.
On Tuesday, the LTCC Board of Trustees approved a contract with Barnes & Noble College Booksellers for the retail giant to take over the operations of the LTCC Bookstore in November.
“This will mean greatly enhanced services for our students as a result of the resources and programs the company has developed for the 625-plus campus bookstores it operates across the nation,” said Guy Lease, LTCC’s interim vice president of business services. “By introducing cutting edge technologies, our students will be able to purchase college textbooks online or in the store at prices lower than our small independent operation has been able to provide. Our store has done a wonderful job of meeting our students’ needs, but the resources of this national firm will only enhance our ability to serve our students more effectively and with greater satisfaction.”
Barnes & Noble’s proposal includes multiple ways for students to purchase books, growing the bookstore’s “used” textbook sales, digital textbooks, an enhanced pilot program for textbook rentals, and a broad selection of general reading titles and merchandise for students and the South Shore community. The company will also be taking over the operation of the college’s coffee service.
Student Trustee Alexandra Aguila was on the review committee who heard the proposals offered by Barnes & Noble and Follett Higher Education Group.
“I’m very excited. The prices are good, the availability of books they have is great and they offer a rental program. And they offer great opportunities for student internships,” Aguila said. “It will become the community bookstore.”
The college will receive a percentage of the store’s gross sales. This percentage will go directly into the college’s general fund; past bookstore profits stayed within the bookstore budget. The bookstore had gross sales of $753,000 in the 2008-2009 fiscal year.
Barnes & Noble has also committed up to $10,000 to re-merchandise the bookstore and $30,000 for upgraded computer systems. The company also committed to $1,000 for annual textbook scholarships to be awarded at the discretion of the college.
Barnes & Noble College Booksellers operates on 26 campuses in California, including Sierra Community College and several California State campuses. Each bookstore is tailored to the campus.
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