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Huskie Books and Gear has students covered

August 26, 2019

Back to school means back to the book store and Huskie Books and Gear is ready. While construction is currently underway on the completely renovated store located in the Holmes Student Center, NIU students still have access to a full lineup of Huskie apparel, gifts, supplies and campus life essentials through the online shop.

Huskie Books and Gear, located in the Holmes Student Center, has all the apparel, gifts, supplies and campus life essentials that students need.

This is the second year that Huskie Books and Gear is being run in partnership with Follett, the nation’s largest operator of college bookstores.  

“The campus community has readily adapted to a new approach to book adoptions and purchasing,” Mike Stang, assistant vice president for Student Affairs, said. “Students have been able to secure their books using Follett’s Discover online platform which immediately provides students with required course materials and the ability to easily acquire them.”

Through the online system students have the option of buying or renting their materials and choosing either new, used or digital edition formats.

“We have a variety of brands sure to meet any budget,” Stacy Zapko, Follett group vice president, said.

“From new editions to used textbooks, digital courseware and rental options, you’ll find lots of ways to gather the course materials you need in whatever format you need and at the best possible price.”

For example, the rental program saves up to 80 percent off the retail price of a new textbook, and Follett offers a price match program if students find a lower price locally or online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Follett is committed to driving affordability and student success. In the past year, the partnership between Follett and Huskie Books and Gear store has saved students nearly $200,000 via rental textbooks and around $50,000 via used textbooks. Also, the book store bought back nearly $20,000 in books from students over the course of the year.

“We are looking forward to the opening of the physical bookstore later this fall,” Stang said.

NIU has a Textbook Taskforce along with a guide for textbook affordability for students and faculty. For information and resources visit University Libraries’ online textbook affordability guide.