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Booklist Nets Dimond Library $100,000

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
May 11, 2011

President Mark Huddleston and Sherry Vellucci, dean Dimond Library, receive a $100,000 check from Glen Hoyle, regional manager for Barnes and Noble.

This year, for the first time since taking over the UNH Bookstore in 2001, Barnes and Noble was able to offer students textbooks for 79 percent of the courses taught at UNH. As a result, the bookseller has donated $100,000 to the Dimond Library.

“This is certainly a welcome gift,” said Sherry L. Vellucci, dean of Dimond Library. “We’ll be able to use this money to buy new materials. In light of the fact that one journal can cost $100,000 a year, it will make a difference.”

Added President Mark H. Huddleston. “We are very thankful to Barnes and Noble for this contribution, especially in light of the decline in state funding. This is a good example of the partnerships that we talk about all the time.”

Barnes and Noble took over management of the MUB-based store 10 years ago. In 2002, the textbook lists were at 49 percent.

Five years ago when the university entered a new contract, Barnes and Noble offered the $100,000 as an incentive to receive 75 percent of the book lists. While the number of lists received had been increasing, this is the first time they have surpassed the 75 percent mark.   

“I am very pleased that our efforts finally made this a reality. Sarah Hutz (bookstore manager) went above and beyond to help us achieve the percentage needed.  Without her hard work and excellent working relationship with the faculty, the goal could not have been met,” said David May, assistant vice president of Business Affairs.

When faculty members post their book lists, the bookstore puts them online the same day. The students can check to see if the books they need are in stock, how much they cost, and place their order all in one step.

The bookstore is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday s from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the academic year.  The hours are extended at the beginning and end of each semester and during major campus events such as Parents’ Weekend and Home Coming.


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