COLUMBUS, Miss.--Mississippi University for Women’s official bookstore is taking steps to serve students in an unprecedented time.
Barnes & Noble College has made it possible for students to access content remotely and to return textbooks without being on The W’s campus.
Rita Robinson, manager of the Barnes & Noble store at The W, said the moves were made to best serve students following the decision to move classes for the 2019-20 semester online in an effort to prevent the potential spreading of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
“To help maintain consistency and ensure students are equipped to learn wherever they are, BNED has joined VitalSource and leading publishers in providing free access to e-textbooks through the remainder of the spring semester,” Robinson said. “Students at BNED campuses that have been moved to online classes due to COVID-19 will be able to access these e-textbooks free of cost to help them successfully complete their academic year.”
Students can access VitalSource Helps content and free access to e-books by going to bookshelf.vitalsource.com. Before students can begin searching for and reading e-books, they will need to log in or to create a Bookshelf account with their institution-provided email address.
Here are instructions for students who are accessing Bookshelf for the first time (creating a Bookshelf account ). Once students create an account with an institution-provided email address, they should login and click on the “Explore” tab in the upper left corner of the screen to search by ISBN, title or author to find their free e-books.
Students with Bookshelf accounts linked to their institution-provided email address will see a new tab called “Explore” when they log in in the upper left corner of the screen to search by ISBN, Title or Author to find their free e-books.
If students need additional assistance gaining access to the site or have questions, please visit https://support.vitalsource.com/hc/en-us/articles/360044467674-Student-and-Instructor-Frequently-Asked-Questions
“We appreciate Barnes & Noble doing this for our students,” said Mark Ellard, the vice president for administration and chief financial officer for The W. “The efforts will help ease the transition students will face moving to online classes.”
Robinson said students who also have any rental books will be given a free UPS label to ship books to us at the end of the semester. She said the store will extend the grace period for returning the books as long as possible. The labels will be emailed to every student with outstanding rental books, she said.
“We are also providing free shipping for all items on our website to ensure students can get what they need,” Robinson said. “Buyback periods will be extended once students return to campus to ensure they can continue to sell books back.”
Robinson said BNED will provide free digital self-tutoring and writing services for students through its bartleby, an online database of homework solutions with subject matter experts on standby to provide homework help. You can find bartleby at https://www.bartleby.com/.
For more information about the free e-book initiative and the link for students to access e-books, go to: https://investor.bned.com/investor-relations/news-and-events/news/press-release-details/2020/Barnes--Noble-Education-Joins-VitalSource-and-Leading-Publishers-to-Make-eTextbooks-Free-for-Students-Impacted-by-COVID-19-Campus-Closures/default.aspx
The W’s Barnes & Noble will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, March 23. It will close Tuesday, March 24, for the foreseeable future.
If you have any questions, please contact Robinson at (662)329-7409.