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By Virginia Johnston

With the end of the semester approaching, the campus bookstore is the best place to support your school pride and get prepared for any upcoming classes. The charming store, located in the Commons, offers a variety of items for the community, not just textbooks as some may expect.

“The Cape Cod Community College (4Cs) campus store aims to be the ‘one-stop-shop’ for all class and campus life essentials,” said the store manager, Casey Pinsonneault. “The store currently carries custom Cape Cod Community College apparel and gift items, as well as popular non-emblematic items such as supplies, technology, convenience, accessories and much more.”

If a student finds themselves needing anything from a notebook planner to a set of headphones, or even a new record player, the bookstore carries it all. According to Pinsonneault, one of the most popular items has been the Hydro Flask water bottle for hot and cool drinks. The shelves are stocked full of merchandise, so much so that one could walk around the store ten times and see something new with each lap.

“They seem to have a lot of what I use throughout my day,” said first-year student Ava Levis. “I don’t think they’re really missing anything.”

Levis also mentioned that she has ordered her textbooks through the easy online process and picked them up at the store. This allows a student to search for books on the website either by course or with their student ID number. The personalized list lets the student choose the condition of their books and if they want to pick them up in-store or have them shipped to their house.

“The campus store is a ‘click-and-mortar’ business and therefore students can also purchase their materials on our website at capecodccshop.com,” said Pinsonneault.

There are online exclusive items such as typing keyboards and coffee grinders available to buy for those who explore the website.

Pinsonneault explained that purchasing textbooks on campus is also very simple. All students need is their student ID number when buying their books, as opposed to bringing in their schedule. The bookstore now has in-store tablet kiosks to ease this process.

“Our goal is to ensure that each student has affordable access to their needed materials,” said Pinsonneault.

To achieve this goal, the store offers used books, text rental, digital content and a price match guarantee, all of which can save students lots of money. Pinsonneault said that students who utilize the rental options can save up to 80% compared to purchasing new books.

Feedback from shoppers guides the selection process for new merchandise. The various items are reviewed twice during the academic year to ensure fresh and exciting materials. With graduation coming up in May, an expanded selection of products is being introduced. For the Fall 2019 semester, new apparel and gifts are expected as well.

“There are a lot of fun new pieces that are on their way,” said Pinsonneault.