Long Beach City College Viking Bookstores Now Managed by Barnes & Noble

August 01, 2012

Barnes & Noble College is proud to announce it has partnered with Long Beach City College to operate both its Liberal Arts campus and Pacific Coast campus Viking Bookstores. 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 Long Beach City College.


Both bookstores will sell textbooks, course materials, emblematic clothing, supplies, 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, Long Beach City College students will now have access to:

  • In-store and online textbook rentals – Students will have the option of getting rentals 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.


Long Beach City College is a large, 2-year, public community college located in Long Beach, California, and offers certificate and associate degree programs. With approximately 26,000 undergraduates, Long Beach City provides degrees in business, social science, creative arts, applied sciences, health sciences, physical education, trade and technology. In addition to the Liberal Arts campus, the Pacific Coast campus offers a variety of occupational programs, general education and English as a second language courses, and a Basic Skills Learning Center.

Long Beach City College is one of the 33 higher educational institutions that Barnes & Noble College partners with in the state of California, including Loma Linda University, California State University-Los Angeles and Solano Community College.

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