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Our Why
Campuses are no longer a captive market. We are not the only source for course materials, logo product, or any of the other things we sell on a daily basis. Technology has made the world smaller, and we all partake in the freedom of choosing who we do business with. You can purchase books anywhere, so why should you buy from MSU Bookstore?

In 1931, the idea that a campus bookstore could be more than just a place to sell books and products to students became the genesis of MSU Bookstore, Inc. Its goal has always been, and always will be, to lower the price of course materials for MSU students.
"Its goal has always been, and always will be, to lower the price of course materials for MSU students."
We do that through the profits from the sales of all of our other merchandise. Because of this model, we believe that it is the experiences and the reasons behind why we exist that make shopping with us important.
This ethos is reflected in every product we sell. To the untrained eye, our tees are just another shirt, but to us, they represent real dollars towards reduced course materials costs. The same goes for any logo product, convenience item, pen, notebook, and even the outdoor equipment we sell.
It’s a simple thought, yet quite unique, both in its concept and its challenges: to provide quality products in a manner that also lowers the cost of education. We believe it’s the right type of model for MSU, the type of forward-thinking that sets the entire University apart. It’s an idea that is rooted in the values and ideals that are central to the Montana way of life. If you are a student, or prospective student of MSU, you’ll recognize it as the type of thinking that is woven into the very fabric of our campus, and something we work to support every day at MSU Bookstore.
Our Mission

The MSU Bookstore Inc. is dedicated to supporting the goals of the University by satisfying customer needs with the best possible service, products and prices in a customer-friendly environment.


Vision

The MSU Bookstore, Inc. is a resource providing a comprehensive and diverse offering of goods, services, information, and advice to the University Community. These resources directly and indirectly support and enhance academic course work and life within the University Community. These services will be self-sustaining, sensitive, and responsive to the community and will emphasize quality and value. The Bookstore will serve as a public focal point and enhance the image of the University's and the industry's highest standards, commitment to learning and to service.


History
The MSU Bookstore had its beginnings in 1931 as a single clerk-serve counter in the office of the university registrar. It was later moved to a small room in the foyer of the Romney Gymnasium, and finally, in the early 1940's, to the basement of the Strand Student Union. Over the years, the Bookstore space has expanded, and now the store occupies 30,000 square feet and maintains a staff of about 85 full-time, part-time and student employees. From a beginning of selling only a few required text books, we have evolved into a small department store, featuring not only required and recommended
course materials, but also insignia clothing and gifts, health and beauty aids, school and art supplies, snack foods and candy, computers and accessories, and a large selection of general interest books. The store is independent of the university, owned by the faculty and students of the MSU, and is governed by an elected board of directors that includes both faculty and students. Its excess revenues are rebated back to its ownership in the form of discounts on text and trade books, making MSU Bookstore the leader in lower-cost textbooks in the United States.




"The Bookstore will serve as a public focal point and enhance the image of the University's and the industry's highest standards, commitment to learning and to service."


Ownership


MSU Bookstore, Inc. is owned by the students and faculty of Montana State University.