MU Bookstore gearing up for fall semester
HUNTINGTON -- It's a month away from the start of the fall semester, but the staff of the Marshall University Bookstore is already preparing for the busiest time of the year.
New books and online orders are arriving each day for the fall semester while there are a variety of sales on apparel throughout the summer.
"We are getting everything. We are stocking our shelves right now," said Mike Campbell, store manager. "All of our incoming back to school supplies are being stocked with a new 'planogram.' So we will be ready for the fall book rush. We're planning on expanding our supply selection. We have some books on the shelves and ready for fall. We have another round of purchase orders for back-to-school text books so we will be in good shape."
Campbell said the freshmen orientation sessions went well for the bookstore.
"We have a lot of incoming clothing and gifts as well as an expanding selection of Marshall apparel," he said. "We're very excited for this coming rush. We will have new back to school apparel, gift items, and even our convenience items are being expanded. We have coming purchase orders every day. Textbook adoptions come in from various faculty members, we get the books ordered and on the shelf for back to school."
Incoming students who want to avoid the lines can now place online orders and have the books ready for pickup in time for the fall term. The store also offers book rentals and e-books for students looking to save money.
"What is very convenient about online shopping is that anyway a student can purchase a book in store a book can be purchased online," Campbell said. "We have a variety of purchasing options available for the majority of our books at this time. We have new and used books for sale. We also have a wide variety of books available for rental in both new and used copies. If you rent a book you can save a minimum of 50 percent over the purchase price. We also have a number of digital books. About 40 percent of our classes offer e-books which you can access on any online device."
Students looking to rent a book need to be over the age of 18, have a form of ID and a credit card to serve as collateral. All books are due back at the end of the semester and in acceptable condition.
"We are also holding a clearance sale throughout the end of July," Campbell said. "We have some apparel marked 20 to 75 percent off and you can save an additional 20 percent off some items at checkout. We recommend that new students come in and shop early so they can get acclimated to our store and layout. We can also explain some common misconceptions about how the rental program works. When you rent a book you can use it like any other text book including highlight in it but you can't abuse it."
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