Campus bookstore transitions to exclusively online

GW’s bookstore is switching to online only.

All course materials, including textbooks, previously sold in the campus bookstore will exclusively be available online at gwshops.com, the University announced in an Infomail Thursday. Textbooks can be delivered to the bookstore’s Marvin Center location with no cost for shipping and “most items ship within a business day depending on time of order,” according to the email.

“This change means you will no longer be able to purchase a textbook in person at the store but will need to order online in advance,” the Infomail said.

All course materials will be available and shipped from a local distribution center to decrease delivery time. Used textbooks will still be available and the website will also continue to offer text rental as an option with discounts up to 80 percent, according to the email.

More universities have transitioned their bookstores online in recent years, including American University and the University of Toldeo. Officials at American announced last summer that their bookstore would no longer sell books at the campus store location and the University of Toldeo made the switch to online textbook purchases last fall.

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