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New Program Will Reduce Cost of Textbooks, Course Materials for Students

Donna Klinger

Emmit's book pack

Mount St. Mary’s University has announced a new partnership with Barnes & Noble College (BNC) to implement Emmit’s Book Pack, also known as First Day® Complete, a course material delivery model that gives students access to all their course materials at greatly reduced cost without the needs to shop around. The university’s bookstore is managed by BNC.

Beginning with the Fall 2022 semester, Mount St. Mary’s students will have the ability to bundle the cost of materials such as textbooks and lab manuals into their tuition and fees at a flat rate. The program results in a 35% to 50% average reduction in cost to students and ensures they have all of their materials for the semester available to them on or before the first day of class.

“We know that books are often a cost many families overlook,” said Vice President for Business and Finance William E. Davies. “This program will ensure all Mount students are fully prepared on the first day of classes while saving students money.”

All eligible students will be automatically enrolled in the Emmit’s Book Pack program each semester. After students have registered for their courses, they will receive an email from the Mount bookstore prompting them to select their preferred fulfillment method or to opt out of the program. The bookstore will prepare the materials for students and notify them when the materials have shipped or are available for in-store pickup. Digital materials will be delivered directly through Canvas, the Mount’s student learning management system.

All textbooks, hardback, softcover and electronic, are considered to be rentals under this program at a cost of $25 a credit. Students have the option of purchasing textbooks at a reduced rate during the return period.

BNC, a Barnes & Noble Education company, currently operates more than 770 campus stores nationwide.

Donna Klinger