Avoiding the bookstore lines

Photo by Matt Corkill

Photo by: Matt Corkill
Students find ways to pass the time in line

The spring semester has arrived and classes have begun.  Just like every other semester, students will need to get the required materials for each course. In the Saddleback College bookstore, students on average can spend anywhere from twenty to forty-five minutes to an hour-and-a-half during the lunch rush between 12:00-1:30 p.m.

If students have tried to buy their books in-between classes during these first couple weeks of the semester, most likely they have encountered the winding line around the store for a cashier or even worse had to put their items back because there was simply not enough time to wait.

“The absolute best piece of advice that I could give to students is to buy your books the week before classes start because the bookstore will be much more likely to have both new and used books in stock, with no lines and most importantly students will have the required materials available when the semester begins so they don’t fall behind,” the assistant manager of the Saddleback bookstore, Mark Yetman, said.  “Students really shouldn’t wait till the last minute to buy their books if they want to save time and money.”

Another option for avoiding the lines and saving time would be ordering online from the bookstore website.

“Orders that are in-stock are processed within 24-48 hours and students will either be able to pickup their materials outside in front of the bookstore, when available, or in a typically expedited fashion inside the store,” Yetman said.  “Rentals and used books are still available for many of the courses, but the longer  the student waits, the higher the risk of headaches.”

For students who don’t have the ability to order online, the best times to avoid the lines are early morning when the bookstore opens at 7:30 a.m. and at the end of the day for the last hour that they are open, according to Yetman.

Bookstore website: http://www.bkstr.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StoreCatalogDisplay?storeId=10239&langId=-1&catalogId=10001