Glendale Community College is shopping its student bookstore around to outside companies, a move that could help it keep pace with the digital transition sweeping the publishing industry, officials said.
The college began soliciting proposals to operate the store from private companies last month. College officials said they anticipate hearing from some of the biggest names in the college bookstore arena, including Follett, Barnes & Noble College Booksellers and Nebraska Book Company.
The deadline for proposals is Wednesday, although college officials say they have made no final decision on whether to farm out bookstore operations.
“The goal is to see if there is a better option for the bookstore that could enhance the educational experience for our students,” said college President/Supt. Dawn Lindsay.
The student bookstore — which includes a 5,329-square-foot retail space and a small coffee shop on the main campus as well as a satellite store at the college’s Garfield campus — currently is run by Associated Students, the student government organization. Income generated by the store helps fund Associated Students programming, including activities put on by the college’s roughly 50 clubs and associations.