This might seem like a scene from the MBS warehouse, but these are some of the 20 pallets of books that were delivered straight to students' rooms at Belmont University.
This can make picking up books a pain, but some bookstores have found a way to help their students out with dorm-room delivery.
The Belmont University Bookstore in Nashville, Tenn. and West Chester University Bookstore in West Chester, Pa. loaded up the carts recently to bring orders placed during a certain time frame directly to students in their residence halls.
Belmont University Bookstore posted on their Facebook that they had 20 pallets of books ready to go out for dorm delivery. Bookstore Manager Catherine Murphy said the school has been doing delivery since 2007 and it was a big hit with students.
“We delivered to just about half of the residents living on campus,” Murphy said. “It’s a great service, students and parents both love it. They come in on move-in day and the books are already waiting for them there.”
At Belmont University, students can either fill out a form to have the bookstore pull all of their books for them based on their classes and charge it to their student account, or log into the bookstore website and pick and choose which books they want delivered. Either way, students can choose their preference for new, used or rental.
Murphy said the bookstore also slides in apparel coupons to the bundles to get students back in store.
To deliver the books, the bookstore donates $4 for each bundle delivered to Belmont’s Office of University Ministries, and $1 per bundle to Residential Life for distributing the books. Both organizations use the funds for various service projects throughout the year.
Murphy said the bookstore also features a more traditional in-store pickup program which attracts most of the other half of students living on campus.