Hot Take: campus bookstore offers more for students than textbooks

Courtesy of Matt Reynolds/JSU

Whitney Ervin, Features Editor

The JSU Bookstore is an integral part of our campus life, and it’s important to support it. Luckily, there are a variety of ways the bookstore can help you throughout the entire semester.

First and foremost, the bookstore should be your first stop at the beginning of a new semester. There’s been an increased number of students who opt for a third-party supplier for their textbooks. 

 In an interview at TMB on Thursday afternoon the manager of the bookstore, Annaleigh Harris, spoke about the importance of students considering using the bookstore for their needs. One of the main points Harris emphasized is that ultimately the bookstore is staffed with friendly people who are there to help you. 

“If you purchase a book and then find maybe it’s not required or you purchased the wrong edition they’re not really going to help you,” Harris said. “We’re going to help you find the right edition or get your money back.”  

Often these third parties aren’t always the cheapest or most reliable options. Harris pointed out that often students come to the bookstore to purchase books after using a third party because they were sent a photocopy instead of the real thing. Or not all the materials, like online codes, were included. 

The bookstore offers a wide variety of purchase options to fit any budget, including rentals and digital copies. They’ve also recently begun the First Day program, which makes a digital copy of your textbooks available to you through Canvas to help ease some of that first-day stress. 

 Now that classes are in full swing and textbooks have (hopefully) been purchased, it might be easy to let all thoughts of the JSU Bookstore fall away. However, there’s still a number of ways the bookstore can still help you. They offer a wide variety of school and art supplies. 

If you feel like you need a break or a way to raise your spirits, the bookstore hosts a variety of events throughout the semester.

On September 13, the campus bookstore will be creating a “good vibe” collage composed of positive sticky notes contributed by the campus community. The collage will be displayed all month long, and will surely be a source of positivity for everyone.

September 25 will see them hosting an author signing event with Chief Wanda Dunham, who will be signing copies of her book “Becoming Chief” for anyone interested! 

During the month of October, they will be hosting “Noon-Time Notes” which will be a mini-concert series. 

And of course, they will be taking part in the Halloween fun as well! They will be hosting a costume contest and a trick-or-treat event on October 29. All staff will be dressed up in costumes as well! 

The bookstore staff is available to help you five days a week. 

Monday & Wednesday- 7:15am – 6:00pm

Wednesday & Thursday- 7:15am – 5:00pm

Friday- 7:15am – 4:30pm 

The bookstore is open for every home football game, and they always post their game day and special event hours on their social media.

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