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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 28 - April 13, 1995

Located in the University Mall, the Blacksburg off-campus store, University Volume Two Bookstore, offers our customers ample parking, convenient hours, and is conveniently located near the Virginia Tech campus and apartments, as well as a main stop on the Blacksburg bus transit.

University Volume Two Bookstore is approximately 25,000 square feet of space as compared to the University Bookstore on-campus location with approximately 35,000 square feet.

This location focuses on offering the university community a full selection of textbook as well as offering the best selection of general books in this area.

University Volume Two Bookstore is operated by Virginia Tech Services Inc. Virginia Tech Services Inc. is a nonprofit corporation that was created in 1968 and provides textbooks, general books, supplies, computer supplies, software and services to the university community.

Virginia Tech Services Inc. operates the University Bookstore, Dietrick General Store, Student Services Store, University Volume Two Bookstore, the Northern Virginia Graduate Center, the Golf Shop, campus vending services, student laundromats, and food and gift concessions.

Funds from these operations are transferred to the university for scholarships and facility improvements. Since 1968, more than $18.5 million dollars has been transferred for such uses.

The Volume Two Textbook Department offers a full range of new and used textbooks, course packs, and supplemental class materials. The Textbook Department buys back textbooks daily. An additional service offered is the textbook reservation system. This service gives entering students the option of placing their textbook order in advance (during designated periods) and having the order held for them until they begin school. This helps avoid the search for books during the first busy days of the semester.

The service is provided at no cost. Both the University Volume Two Bookstore and on-campus University Bookstore location discount new textbooks 10 percent , saving students thousands of dollars. It is the only store to do this in comparison to other colleges and universities across the country.

The Clothing and Gifts Department offers a wide selection of official Virginia Tech clothing and unique gift items to the university community. These include t-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts, caps, mugs, umbrellas, picture frames, and stuffed animals. The Volume Two location will also serve as an outlet for graduation materials such as cap, gown, tassell, announcements, and diploma frames.

Faculty members may rent regalia they need at this location as well. The Supplies Department offers a large selection of school and office supplies, art, architecture, biology, geology, and engineering supplies. The store has the largest selection of personal computer software in the New River Valley, including productivity packages, multimedia, games, and utilities, computer supplies and accessories.

The Administrative Department of Volume Two supports customers and Virginia Tech departments with a team of managers, buyers, customer service staff, and support staff.

The General Books Department offers more than 40,000 titles for nearly any level or interest. The store features a large variety of popular titles as well as New York Times Bestsellers, which are discounted by 33 percent.

The store carries more than 450 magazine titles and academic journals, more than 30 editions of newspapers of local, national, and international interest, and one of the largest selections in the area of regional titles and publications by faculty members.

Children's hardcover bestsellers are offered at discounted prices, and there is a selection of children's books for CD-ROM. The Volume Two "Reading Wizards" kids' book club offers events such as storytelling, book-character appearances, and other theme parties.

The store offers a bargain/promotional book section, a line of environmental and nature tapes and CD's, and a large selection of reference and study guides for students.

Services that are offered at the Volume Two location include special orders of any books at no additional charge, domestic and foreign shipping service, gift certificates, free book gift-wrapping, incoming and outgoing FAX service, postage stamps, film developing, discount New River Mall movie tickets for University faculty, staff, and students; on-campus delivery of special orders for Virginia Tech Departments, thesis binding, and book restoration.