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Emmanuel Lalande, assistant to the vice president of Student Affairs, and JoAnn Holmes, bookstore manager, stand in the new DSU Bookstore that opened on Jan. 7 in the MLK Student Center.

  DSU Bookstore Opens in New MLK Student Center


 

The DSU Bookstore opened its doors Jan. 7 at its new location in the almost completed Martin Luther King Student Center on campus.

While workmen are putting the final touches on the new student center, the DSU Bookstore began selling books and merchandise from its new location as students begin preparing for the spring 2010 semester.
 

Bookstore students workers Brianna Swanston (l) and Tanisha Wilson do a final inventory of books in preparation for the Jan. 7 opening.

The 7,000 square foot bookstore – located on the first floor east side of the student center, is much larger than the previous ones.
 
“The additional space allows us to grow in all of our departments,” said JoAnn Holmes, bookstore manager. “For instance, we can now offer more nursing apparel and supplies.”
 
In addition to more room for textbooks, the larger facility also allows for growth in supplies, clothing, gifts, health and beauty, campus living items, snacks and beverage offerings.
 
Ms. Holmes said the new facility will permit the store to have more cash registers to serve the customer. She added that in comparison to the previous two locations that had no windows, the new location has natural light from outside that enhance the atmosphere on the inside.
 
“The natural lighting is good for the morale of the bookstore workers,” she said.
 
The store will also be equipped with a 52-inch flat screen television and a DMX music system to make shopping more enjoyable. 
 
“It’s all about serving the needs of our students,” Ms. Holmes said.
 

On Jan. 11 the bookstore commenced its regulars semester hours:

 
Monday         8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday         8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday    8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday        8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday            8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday        10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday          Closed
 
Purchases can also be made online 24 hours a day and 365 days a year at www.dsu.bkstr.com .