Barnes & Noble Welcomes The Catholic University of America

August 13, 2012

Barnes & Noble College is proud to announce it has been selected to operate The Catholic University of America (CUA) campus bookstore. The five-year contract will allow Barnes & Noble to bring its years of experience, resources, innovative technology and the widest selection of course material formats to the students and faculty of Catholic University.


The CUA Bookstore will sell textbooks, course materials, emblematic clothing, supplies, gifts, and sundries. In addition, a number of new and innovative services focused on delivering cost savings and convenience will be introduced to students. Under the terms of the contract, Catholic University students will now have access to:

  • In-store and online textbook rentals – Students will now have the option to rent textbooks either online or in the bookstore. Students opting for textbook rentals will save more than 50 percent over the cost of a new printed book and can pay for rental fees by using cash, credit, or student financial aid.
  • Rapidly expanding selection of eTextbooks – In addition to offering savings up to 60 percent over new printed books, Barnes & Noble’s revolutionary and free Nook Study™ application serves up eTextbooks in an engaging format that enhances the overall learning experience.
  • Generous cash-for-books program – Students with books faculty plan to reuse next semester will be eligible for a 50 percent cash payout, up to needed inventories.
  • Registration Integration – A user-friendly Registration Integration system allows students to reserve and order textbooks immediately after they register for courses online, automatically populating carts with the right books for the right class and making the purchasing process more convenient than ever.


Barnes & Noble College will also be part of a two-year Gateway project that Catholic University is developing. In 18 to 24 months, the bookstore will move off campus as part of a joint development project between the University and a local developer. The complex will be a mix of housing, retail stores and restaurants. Upon completion, the new space will introduce a new Barnes & Noble College super store that will replace the current existing bookstore. The new store will also introduce a Starbucks café and a greater selection of trade books, apparel and much more.


Founded in 1887, The Catholic University of America is located in Washington D.C. and is committed to being a comprehensive Catholic and American institution of higher learning. As the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States, the University has an enrollment of 6,700 students, 12 schools and 21 research facilities.

The Catholic University of America is one of two higher education institutions Barnes & Noble College operates in Washington D.C.

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