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Barnes & Noble College chosen to manage WSSU’s campus bookstore

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) has named Barnes & Noble College as the new operator of its on-campus bookstore. The WSSU bookstore will transition to new management beginning on June 12.

“We are excited about bringing the resources of Barnes & Noble College to Winston-Salem State University," said Jesse Batten, assistant vice chancellor of Business and Auxiliary Services. "Barnes & Noble is recognized for its ability to bring innovative programs to college and university campuses. The selection will allow the bookstore to offer students a variety of affordable materials."

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Barnes & Noble College also is committed to having a significantly larger presence to serve students, faculty and staff, Batten said. Under the contract, Barnes & Noble will nearly double the size of its location in the Cleon F. Thompson Student Services Center, from 3,658 square feet to 6,067 square feet.

As part of the transition, please note the following:

  • Monday, June 12: Bookstore will close under current management at 5 p.m.
  • Monday, June 19: Bookstore reopens under Barnes & Noble College name and branding.

Barnes & Noble College offers a variety of affordable course materials, including in-store and online rental textbook program, an extensive selection of used, new and digital textbooks, OER Courseware, as well as a new price matching program – offering even more savings to students.

Barnes & Noble College will also offer WSSU students a bookstore that reflects the university’s unique brand, including an expanded selection of Rams logo apparel, laptops and other technology products, school supplies, reference and reading materials, as well as gifts for alumni, friends and family. A variety of beverages, food and snack items also will be offered at the bookstore. 

Barnes & Noble College will create and manage WSSU’s online bookstore website, offering students, faculty and alumni the choice and convenience to shop in-store or online.

WSSU faculty also will gain access to an online community called FacultyEnlight, a streamlined textbook adoption platform that combines advanced search capabilities with detailed information on course material formats, pricing and reviews by other faculty.

WSSU is one of 20 higher education institutions that Barnes & Noble College partners with in the state of North Carolina, including North Carolina A&T State University, Wake Technical Community College, Salem College and Academy, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Barnes & Noble College operates 770 campus stores nationwide.

“We’re very proud to partner with Winston-Salem State University.” said Patrick Maloney, president of Barnes & Noble College. “This valued partnership will allow us to echo your mission of delivering an affordable education by offering WSSU students and faculty a multitude of resources, innovative technologies and an array of cost-saving course materials.”

For more information about Barnes & Noble College’s services and locations, visit To learn more about Barnes & Noble College’s affordable textbook rental program at WSSU, visit

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For 125 years, Winston-Salem State University has fostered the creative thinking, analytical problem-solving, and depth of character needed to transform the world. Rooted in liberal education, WSSU’s curriculum prepares students to be thought leaders who have the skills and knowledge needed to develop innovative solutions to complex problems. WSSU is a historically Black constituent institution of the University of North Carolina with a rich tradition of contributing to the social, cultural, intellectual, and economic growth of North Carolina, the region and beyond. Guided by the motto, “Enter to Learn. Depart to Serve,” WSSU develops leaders who advance social justice by serving the world with compassion and commitment. Join us in celebrating our 125th anniversary with events throughout 2017. Learn more at

About Barnes & Noble College

Barnes & Noble College, a Barnes & Noble Education company (NYSE:BNED), is a leading operator of college bookstores in the United States.  Barnes & Noble College currently operates 770 campus bookstores and the school-branded e-commerce sites for each store, serving more than 5 million college students and faculty nationwide. As a strategic partner, Barnes & Noble College is committed to offering a complete support system and an unmatched retail and digital learning experience to foster student success in higher education.

General information on Barnes & Noble College can be obtained by visiting the company’s website

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