HPU selects Barnes & Noble College to operate bookstores

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Hawaii Pacific University announced Tuesday that it has selected Barnes & Noble College to operate its bookstores.

Barnes & Noble will prepare to take over operations at HPU’s Downtown and Hawaii Loa Campus bookstores in August before moving the Downtown Campus bookstore to Aloha Tower Marketplace in the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. It is also preparing to assume bookstore operations serving HPU’s Military Campus Programs.

“We are pleased to have selected Barnes & Noble College and are particularly excited about what this will mean for our Aloha Tower project,” HPU President Geoffrey Bannister said. “Its vast experience with other universities, including those in urban settings, will allow us to serve more effectively our campuses and the downtown community more broadly.”

HPU selected Barnes & Noble through a competitive bid process. While Barnes & Noble College operates more than 700 campus stores nationwide, this will be its first higher education bookstore in Hawaii.

Barnes & Noble College will provide course materials in a variety of cost-saving formats including rental, used, digital, and new. Faculty will also have access to an online community, FacultyEnlight, a streamlined textbook adoption platform that combines advanced search capabilities with detailed information on course material formats, pricing and reviews by other faculty.

Students will also have access to Barnes & Noble College’s textbook rental program, which can save students an average of 50 percent off the price of a new textbook. HPU students will have the choice to rent a new or used textbook, with the option to purchase their rental at the end of the agreement.

“We’re very excited to have formed our first partnership in the beautiful state of Hawaii with Hawaii Pacific University,” President & CEO of Barnes & Noble College Max J. Roberts said. “We’re looking forward to working with the university community to offer dynamic campus stores, focused on delivering a retail and digital learning experience that complements this renowned school and supports HPU students, faculty, staff and alumni.”

For more information, visit HPU’s website.

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