The College was notified that Barnes & Noble College Booksellers will close all of its campus bookstores due to the virus. A reopening date has not yet been determined.
The important thing for Wharton County Junior College students is that the Barnes & Noble website is still open and ready to take online orders. Barnes & Noble has agreed to provide free standard shipping for all WCJC students.
Students can continue to access the bookstore website by going through the College's Homepage and clicking on the bookstore link. Everything there is still functioning as normal. Students needing books for the summer school sessions should click on the campus where the course is taught, and then on the Summer 2020 semester to get started.
Barnes & Noble is also making online material free to all WCJC students through their agreement with VitalSource. Students can access VitalSource from the Bookstore website and setup their own free account. When setting up your account for the first time, your email address should be your official WCJC email. By using that address, Barnes & Noble can confirm that you are indeed a WCJC student.We will keep you informed of any other changes as we work through this situation.
TEXTBOOK BUYBACK & RENTAL RETURNS
The Bookstore will buyback your used textbooks. The issue is that the campuses are closed and so is the bookstore. Once the Campuses reopen, and there is at least a resemblance of normal activity, the Bookstore plans to publish a 2 or 3 week buyback time where students can bring back their books and sell them for cash. You will still have to show some form of ID, but that's been a requirement for years. Watch your emails and College Webpage for information.
If you have textbook rentals and need to return them before you're charged.... You can go on the WCJC Bookstore webpage, click on Textbooks, then click on Textbook Rentals. A page will come up that says “Renting is Easy”. Scroll to the bottom of that sheet and you’ll see a link on the right that says, “Rental Return”. Click on that and it will take you to the instructions for printing your UPS Free return label. The only 2 things you will need are your “Order ID or Order #” and your email that you used when renting the book(s). Your Order ID or # is located on any email you received from the bookstore regarding your rented books. Make sure you have all your rental books listed before printing the label. Only 1 label per Order # is allowed. Print off your UPS mailing label. Simply box your books, put on the label, and take them to a UPS drop off spot. That's it. The due date has been pushed back till June 1st so you have an extra 2 weeks.
If you experience issues with completing your rental return, you can email the bookstore staff at firstname.lastname@example.org Even though their stores are closed, they do have limited staff available to return your email.
General Bookstore Information
Welcome to Wharton County Junior College. We have several options available to you to make purchasing your books and supplies as easy as possible. The college offers books, supplies, and gift items through its official bookstores managed by Barnes & Noble College at its Wharton and Richmond campuses. Students may shop in person or they may choose to make online purchases. Barnes & Noble’s online purchasing option offers convenient delivery either at home or pickup in-person at the Wharton and Richmond campus bookstores.
Information Regarding Financial Aid Students
Wharton County Junior College students who receive financial aid are provided in-store credit only at the Wharton campus and Richmond campus Barnes & Noble bookstores. This approved financial aid credit can be used for textbooks or supplies purchased in person or ordered on online.
Information Regarding the Sugar Land Campus
Beginning in the summer of 2019, Barnes & Noble will no longer be the bookstore provider at the Sugar Land campus. The new bookstore vendor at the Sugar Land campus is affiliated with the University of Houston and will not be able to provide in-store credit to Wharton County Junior College financial aid students. Students registered for classes at the Sugar Land campus may purchase their books online through the online WCJC Barnes & Noble Richmond Campus Bookstore link found at wcjc.edu and should select the “Free Shipping” under Shipping Options and they will not be charged a shipping fee. Barnes & Noble will have staff members available at the Sugar Land campus to assist students with on line ordering from 8am till 5pm on January 13th through January 17th & January 21st through January 24th in the computer lab located in Brazos Hall room 372.
Students are not required to purchase text books from the Barnes & Noble college bookstores. Textbooks may be purchased from other retailers not affiliated with Wharton County Junior College.
Barnes & Noble online purchases may be made by accessing the following links:
Barnes & Noble College Bookstore Locations, Hours, and Contact:
Wharton Campus Bookstore
Hutchins Memorial Center
911 Boling Highway
Wharton, Texas 77488
NormalHours: Mon. – Thur.: 7:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fri.: 7:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sat. and Sun.: Closed
Richmond Campus Bookstore
5333 FM 1640
Richmond, Texas 77469
Normal Hours: Mon. – Thur.: 7:45 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Closed 2:00 - 3:00 pm for lunch
Fri.: 7:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sat. and Sun.: Closed