Celebrating 100 years of service to the Queen’s community, the Campus Bookstore is marking its Centennial with a donation of $100,000 to Queen’s University Library to support the purchase of course-related electronic books, journals and other information resources.
Founded in 1909 by two students from the Queen’s Engineering Society, the Campus Bookstore is a student-owned and operated not-for-profit enterprise with a mandate to distribute required course material at the lowest possible price to students.
“We wanted to commemorate the Bookstore’s 100th Anniversary in a manner consistent with our mandate” says Jordan Black (Sci’10), Chair of the Board of Directors. “The Campus Bookstore focuses on required readings like textbooks and course packs, but we recognize that students also need access to secondary course-related readings and information. Supporting the Library in this way is a natural extension of our mission.”
“While the University continues to invest in library acquisitions, it is always a challenge to keep pace with increasing costs and continuously evolving lists of new titles,” says Paul Wiens, University Librarian. “With this generous gift from the Campus Bookstore, the Library can purchase additional course-related electronic information resources that we could not otherwise afford.”
The Campus Bookstore at Queen’s University is a unique enterprise, focused on saving students money rather than making money. Under its not-for-profit mandate, the Bookstore returns excess revenue to students in the form of textbook discounts of about 9% on average.
“Like the Library, we aim to serve all Queen’s students in all disciplines,” says Chris Tabor, General Manager of the Campus Bookstore. “Allocated to the purchase of electronic resources, this gift ensures that these materials will be available to Queen’s students any time of the day or night, and from any location on- or off-campus.”