A campus visit is not complete unless it includes a visit to the college or university bookstore but don't be surprised if you find more than books and college garb available for purchase.
How about a cup of coffee or a some fruit with that book?
According to Charles Schmidt, Director of Public Relations of the National Association of College Stores, “The college bookstore isn’t just for textbooks anymore. As an association, we’ve been active in seeking out what a successful college store of the future looks like, and encouraging and educating our more than 3,000 members to spread their wings."
One school who has spread its wings far beyond the average reach is the University of California – San Diego Bookstore. At UCSD, you will find:
- A Certified Farmers Market (certified by the California Department of Agriculture offering only locally grown vegetables and fruit) – on campus every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- A coffee shop adjacent to the General Book Department that seats 60, serves only fair trade certified coffee, tea, sugar, and chocolate, and features a fireplace and comfy chairs, tables, and free Wi-Fi.
- A small grocery store, the Sunshine Market, that serves the campus community for grab & go prepared food.
Services you may find at other campus bookstores include computer repair centers, jewelry departments, and wellness shops.
The College of Wooster's Wilson Bookstore offers dry cleaning, package shipping, faxing, report binding, and financial services which include check cashing, sale of campus event tickets, and accepting deposits onto the campus debit card.
And, at the Bearkat Bookstore, which serves Sam Houston State University in Texas, tanning beds are what's hot in the expanding the range of campus bookstore services.
Making time to visit the bookstore at the end of your college tour is likely to provide an experience that is educational, nutritional, and, most definitely, memorable.