Vanderbilt University has announced it has entered into an agreement with Barnes & Noble College to operate its university bookstore. Beginning this fall, the bookstore will relocate to the former Borders bookstore located at the corner of 25th Avenue and West End Avenue. The existing Vanderbilt bookstore will continue to operate on campus in Rand Hall until the relocation can take place.
“A strong and thriving bookstore where a campus community can easily gather for literary and intellectual offerings is critically important to a university,” said Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos. “This new location and partnership give us an even greater opportunity to advance our academic mission for the campus and the larger Nashville community.”
The lack of a major bookstore in the area was a consideration in the decision, but Richard McCarty, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, also noted the new bookstore will be convenient to campus in an area already frequented by students. “It will be well positioned for the community and add quality to the campus,” he said.
Several factors came into play in the university’s decision to relocate the existing bookstore. Its location in the middle of campus with very limited parking makes it difficult for off-campus patrons to reach. The new location has access to a 200-space garage and 100 surface spaces. The new bookstore will also have evening hours and remain open through the weekend. Because the new store will be near Memorial Gym, Vanderbilt Stadium and other athletic venues, it will be more convenient for sports fans to purchase Vanderbilt spirit apparel.
In addition to trade books, magazines, and gift items, the new bookstore will also offer a wide variety of textbooks options, including new, used, rental and digital; course materials; apparel; and other university items. A café is also planned for the new location. McCarty said the new site makes possible the scheduling of authors’ nights, book signings, and other programming that the limited Rand space could not accommodate.
“We’re honored to have formed this new partnership with Vanderbilt University and look forward to bringing them what’s next in educational content and retailing excellence,” said Max J. Roberts, president, Barnes & Noble College. “Our commitment to driving innovation, delivering advanced technology, understanding what students need, and supporting the needs of higher education will help us to transform the Vanderbilt bookstore into a robust and vital part of the university and the surrounding greater West End community.”
Barnes & Noble College operates more than 630 campus bookstores across the United States including eleven in the state of Tennessee at schools like UT at Martin, UT Chattanooga, and Roane State.
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