Ryerson closes a campus bookstore to make way for more academic space

February 9, 2012

Ryerson University has shut down one of its 2 campus bookstores to make way for more laboratory and classroom space needed in the psychology and urban planning departments. There is no permanent home yet for the displaced textbooks, and Ryerson president Sheldon Levy does not believe that anyone will want to construct another facility just for books in this digital age. "I sure wouldn't invest a lot of money into bricks and mortar for analog books," he told a student newspaper. Last term, a group of students studied how e-books were being used and how better they could be used. They observed student traffic flow through the 2 bookstores and the Bond Street location was not getting many customers mid-semester. Ryerson's director of business services disagrees with that assessment, stating that for the most part, the Bond Street location was "actually doing quite well." What the university needs, he says, is a new, larger campus store that would house the displaced books and other student necessities. The campus store does carry e-books, but they do not sell very well, he says. Toronto Star | The Eyeopener (student newspaper)