Barnes amp; Noble partnership offers real savings to students

Maysville, KY. (February 11, 2011) Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) students now have another option when it comes to obtaining textbooks. MCTC and Barnes amp; Noble have teamed up to offer a textbook rental program that will provide tremendous savings for students.

Our College is always looking for ways to reduce the cost of education for our students. This partnership with Barnes and Noble should help our students with the ever rising cost of textbooks; thus, enabling them to attain their educational goals more easily, said MCTC President Ed Story. Our prime focus continues to be student success, and we will continue to seek avenues that will allow our students to experience quality affordable higher education.

MCTC, a member college of Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), is part of a select group of colleges/universities offering students a textbook rental program. More than 20 percent of titles are offered at KCTCS 16 colleges across the state, at up to half the cost of purchasing a new, printed textbook.

This multi-channel program allows students the following flexibility and conveniences: including:

  • Renting books either in the bookstore or from the bookstores website;
  • The ability to moderately highlight and take notes in rented books;
  • The choice to return rented books to the bookstore in person or via mail;
  • A wide variety of rental fee payment options including the use of financial aid;
  • Reminder e-mail notifications noting when the rental period is ending and when all textbooks need to be returned to the bookstore.

Barnes amp; Noble has been under contract to manage KCTCS college bookstores since July 1, 2004, with the initial five-year contract having been renewed in June 2009.

The management of KCTCS bookstores by Barnes amp; Noble has given rise to significant economies of scale in operations systemwide, resulting in additional and enhanced services, while significantly helping to contain and reduce cost. Barnes amp; Nobles introduction of book rental will further enhance the options to KCTCS students while enabling greater affordability.

For most Kentuckians, higher education begins at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Our statewide system of 16 colleges, 68 campuses and more than 100,000 students is a critical component to transforming the states economy by providing citizens with the education and training needed for high growth, high wage careers. For more information, visit the KCTCS website.