Campus bookshop to close
By: Alison Field
Last updated: Monday, 18 March 2019
The bookshop in the University Library is set to close from May.
The education company John Smith’s Group has decided to permanently close the store it operates on the entrance floor of the Library, near to the cafe, from May. The store relocated to the Library building in 2010 from its previous premises in Bramber House.
The vacated area will be returned to the Library for use by students, who will be given the opportunity to feed in to plans as they develop.
Jane Harvell, Director of the Library, said: “This will give us welcome additional space in our busy entrance area – something students have told us they really want.
“We have an excellent and longstanding relationship with John Smith’s and still plan to work with them but in a more flexible way.”
The bookshop specialises in academic texts but also sells other books, stationery and greetings cards.
Instead of a permanent presence, John Smith’s is exploring a pop-up presence on campus at the start of each term. A tailored online store, linked to suggested readings, will continue to be available for Sussex students.
A consultation with the bookshop’s staff has concluded today.
Peter Gray, Chairman of John Smith’s Group, said: “It is always sad when we have to close one of our retail stores, especially one where our relationship goes back over so many years.
“However, we are excited about working with the University on new ways to serve the campus community that better reflect current behaviours and trends.”