Students walked the aisles of the old Liberty University bookstore in Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center for the last time today, as it officially closes at 5 p.m. But they will not have to wait long until they are roaming book aisles again when the new Barnes & Noble bookstore, located across from Williams Stadium, has its grand opening on Saturday, April 18.
“It’s got a little bit of Barnes & Noble and a little bit of Liberty,” said Ellen Mayes, general manager of Liberty’s new bookstore.
With Barnes & Noble providing more than 13,000 titles located upstairs, the new bookstore will include sections for trade books, children’s books, music, gifts for readers and a clothing department filled with Liberty apparel. There is also a full-service Starbucks café (right) holding up to 65 people, with additional seating available on an outdoor patio.
The new bookstore also has a special downstairs entrance facing the south side of campus, where students can buy textbooks or pick up pre-ordered textbooks.
Liberty alumni will receive discounts in the new store, which will also accept the Readers Advantage Barnes & Noble discount cards.
Festivities for the grand opening will kick off at 9 a.m. with music from LU Praise and special appearances by the LUnatics, Sparky and the Liberty cheerleading squad. A special ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. and other honored guests is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. Published works by Drs. Tim and Beverly LaHaye, the Rev. Jonathan Falwell and Macel Falwell will be available for purchase at an 11 a.m. book signing. Families are also welcome, as the grand opening will include balloon animals, face painting and free kettle corn, snow cones and cotton candy.