Bookstore marks Centennial with $100,000 donation, new student award
Queen’s Campus Bookstore marked its 100th Anniversary with a donation to Queen’s University Library valued at $100,000, to support the purchase of course-related electronic books, journals and other information resources. It also announced the creation of a student award in honour of long-time Campus Bookstore General Manager, Christopher Tabor.
“We wanted to celebrate the anniversary in a manner consistent with our mandate – distributing course material to students at the lowest possible price,” says Jordan Black (Sci’09, Arts’10), chair of the bookstore’s board of directors.
As the only campus bookstore in Canada owned by students, and one of a few in North America to offer discounted course materials, the Bookstore returns excess revenue to students in the form of textbook discounts of nine per cent, on average.
"The library is a campus partner that shares our commitment to providing students with access to necessary materials and information,” adds Mr. Black. “Through our gift, we’re helping the library supply additional electronic information for student use.”
Although the university continues to invest in library acquisitions, it is a challenge to keep pace with increasing costs and continuously evolving lists of new titles. “With this generous gift, the library can purchase additional course-related electronic information resources that we could not otherwise afford,” says Paul Wiens, University Librarian.
The Christopher Taber Campus Bookstore Award, which will annually provide one new Queen’s student with the academic materials necessary for the year, is another way the Campus Bookstore will help meet student needs. The bookstore’s board of directors announced the award in recognition of Mr. Taber’s outstanding contribution to the store and to the university’s students.
Founded in 1909 by two students from the Queen’s Engineering Society, the Campus Bookstore is a student-owned and operated not-for-profit enterprise.