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(Neb)-CSC Moves From On-Campus Bookstore To Online Bookstore  Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 08/04/2016 07:35 AM
CHADRON -  In another example of the changing world, Chadron State College no longer has an on-campus bookstore and instead has an official online bookstore through MBS Direct, which serves more than 675,000 students at over 750 colleges and universities.

     Chadron State Vice President of Enrollment Jon Hansen says when CSC explored options after the previous holder of the bookstore contract was sold, online was clearly the best choice for students - giving them the chance to buy or rent books and digital course material.

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Hansen says MBS guarantees books will arrive when needed and points out that eligible students will be able to utilize electronic vouchers from their financial aid packages to pay for their course materials.

      Another advantage Hansen sees for students with the switch to MBS Direct is more opportunities to buy and sell used textbooks through the Barnes and Noble Marketplace.

     All in all, Hansen sees the switch to online and MBS Direct as a win-win for the college and its students, saying they could save a third or more on the cost of textbooks and materials.

    The CSC Student Center will still appear to have a bookstore. That's because Outlaw Printers in Chadron has a contract to operate what Hansen calls a "sundries and apparel" store that will look similar to a traditional college bookstore...just without textbooks and class materials.


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