Adelphi taps national firm to bump up bookstore

Under new management: A well-known manager of collegiate bookstores has taken control of Adelphi University's campus shop.

A global distributor of hardcopy and digital entertainment products for schools and other clients has taken the reins at Adelphi University’s campus bookstore.

Illinois-based Follett Corp. – known best for providing educational products to schools, colleges and public libraries through a number of subsidiaries – officially took over management of the Adelphi University Bookstore on July 30, according to the Garden City-based school.

Specifically, management of the store – located on the lower level of the Ruth S. Harley University Center – has transitioned to the Follett Higher Education Group.

The group will leverage several Follett subsidiaries – including Follett’s retail and Campus Tech divisions and, self-billed as “the world’s No. 1 online provider of textbooks and fan gear” – to deliver “new products, savings and support for campus-store customers,” Adelphi University said in a statement.

The university “selected Follett as the campus retail partner with the best resources, technology and product selection to support the unique needs of the campus community,” Adelphi added.

Clay Wahl: Book smart.

Faculty and students now have access to Follett’s expansive inventory and programs, including used books, a “text rental” program and other cost-saving print options, including a year-round buy-back option and a price-matching system.

The new bookstore manager also boasts a wide selection of digital-learning technologies and will freshen up the store’s general merchandise offerings to create “a one-stop shop for class and campus-life essentials,” according to the university, which said the new merchandise selections will “reflect local interests [and] national trends.”

Follett provides education technology and other hardcopy and digital content to more than 70,000 schools – including colleges, universities and lower grades – across the country. The Higher Education Group manages more than 2,850 physical and virtual campus stores in North America.

Follett also services public libraries and global retailers through its New Jersey-based Baker & Taylor subsidiary.

Follett Higher Education President Clay Wahl said the company’s main focus in Garden City will be “enhancing the Adelphi University experience.”

“You can expect a campus store that delivers great products, welcomes the community, celebrates campus spirit and promotes affordable course-material options,” Wahl said this week. “We look forward to serving Adelphi University students, parents, alumni, fans, faculty and staff.”

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  1. Unless I overlooked the reference, the article doesn’t say who ran it before. I think it was Barnes & Noble.

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