Bookstores start second full week of back-to-school sales

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Students can also buy books online and ship them to store or home.

By Richard Montemayor

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

With the spring semester approaching, Alamo Colleges bookstores opened their doors last week so students can buy textbooks and supplies.

Students who don’t want to fight the crowds and wait in long lines can buy books online and have them shipped to their college bookstore or home.

Alex Garza, assistant manager for the Palo Alto College bookstore, said students can visit the bookstore’s website and search their classes to see a list of required books.

“Students can order the books through the bookstore’s website, and they have one of three options,” he said. “They can have them ready for pickup in the store or you have them transferred to another bookstore and pick them up there or have them shipped to their house.”

However, students who choose to have books shipped to their house will have to pay shipping costs.

This college’s bookstore, located in the basement of Loftin Student Center, is open this week and next week from 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

To contact this college’s bookstore, call 210-733-5960.

The St. Philip’s College bookstore, located in the campus center, is open this week 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, with regular hours starting Feb. 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

To contact the St. Philip’s College bookstore, call 210-534-8024.

Jorge Marines, store manager for the St. Philip’s College bookstore, said students should always have books for the first day of class.

“If you need to exchange a textbook or get a refund, you can because refunds will be offered the first two weeks that classes start,” Marines said.

That goes for all of the bookstores, he said.

The Palo Alto College bookstore, located in the student center, is open from 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 12-15, 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, with regular hours starting Jan. 26 from 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

To contact the PAC bookstore, call 210-486-9572.

Northeast Lakeview College Bookstore, located in student services, is open from 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday with rush hours starting next week from 7:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

For more information, contact the Northeast Lakeview College Bookstore at 210-486-5449.

The Northwest Vista College Bookstore, located in the Cypress Campus Center, is open this week 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, with regular hours starting Jan. 26 from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.

For more information, contact the Northwest Vista College Bookstore at 210-706-9291.

L&M Bookstore has two locations: 15503 Babcock Road and 1716 N. Main Ave.

L&M’s back-to-school hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan 21, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 22-24, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 25 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 26.

For more information, call the Babcock Road store at 210-695-8872 or the Main Avenue store at 210-222-1323. Or visit www.lm-bookstore.com.

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  1. Before buying college textbooks, you should always compare prices from most major bookstores. If you do it one at a time, it can be a pain. However, you can simply use sites like bigwords.com or cheapcampusbooks.com, which easily let you know where you can get the book for less. Plus, you can also compare whether buying or renting is the best choice for you.

    In my opinion, the campus bookstores always have the worst prices. The trick is to compare!

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