Offiicals with the Community Colleges of Spokane have signed a deal with Barnes & Noble College to operate its campus bookstores.
Campus bookstores on both community college campuses will begin be operated by Barnes & Noble College, a division of Barnes & Noble, starting this month.
Barnes & Noble, an established online and retail store book dealer, will also spend about $150,000 for renovations at the bookstores, the district announced.
The schools said they hope to reopen the bookstores on Monday, Dec. 22, under the new management.
Benefits of the deal include access to B & N's College’s Campus Connect Technologies, an online service offering course materials, equipment and supplies. Students will be able to save money through an expanded selection of rental, used, digital and new textbooks.
The textbook rental service is designed to save on average 50 percent off the price of a new textbook. Students will have the choice to rent a new or used textbook with the option of purchasing their rental at the end of the agreement. CCS students will also gain access to one of the largest digital libraries in the industry.
“We believe this change will serve our students by making college learning materials more affordable and more accessible,” said Chancellor Christine Johnson, in a prepared release.