When you get to campus, you’ll be faced with many bookstore options—I'm here to help you break down the differences

By Virginia Tech student Aidan Kincaid       "For Hokies, by Hokies" Summer Academy Blog       2/23/2017

University Bookstore

Virginia Tech’s 100 percent certified, actual on-campus bookstore. Sitting right across from Newman Library and right next to the Graduate Life Center, this one is the closest to most dorms. The University Bookstore has textbooks for sale and textbook rentals, computers and electronics, office supplies, Tech clothes/gifts/merch, and a convenience store downstairs.

Virginia Tech Bookstore
Photo by Peter Means
Virginia Tech Bookstore
Photo by Peter Means

 

Volume Two Bookstore

The sister location to the University Bookstore, Volume Two is Tech’s official off-campus bookstore. Volume Two is located at University Mall (at the end opposite the Math Empo). Services as far as textbooks, supplies, electronics and Hokie merch at Volume Two are gonna be extremely similar to the on-campus location. The biggest differences are Volume Two’s extra parking space but lack of a convenience store department. But it’s in a mall, so that’s pretty convenient.

Virginia Tech Volume Two Bookstore
Photo by Peter Means
Virginia Tech Volume Two Bookstore
Photo by Peter Means

 

Hokie Centric

One more official location of the university. Hokie Centric is Tech’s premier store for electronic school supplies. Notebooks, tablets, headphones and fitness trackers are the main attractions here, but HC also has Hokie merch and some office supplies. Hokie Centric is a part of North End Center, on Gilbert Street.

Virginia Tech Hokie Centric
Photo by Peter Means

 

Tech Bookstore

The bookstore with the most confusing name. The Tech Bookstore is NOT actually a part of Virginia Tech. They offer textbooks, rentals, laptops, and gifts. It is located on South Main Street, across from Cabo Fish Taco.

Bookholders

Bookholders is a service offered at many different college campuses. Their store specializes in value textbooks and rentals, as well as used books. They also accept trade-ins and carry some merchandise. Bookholders is located on Main Street across from the post office.

Aidan Kincaid, a contributor to the For Hokies, by Hokies Summer Academy blog, is a senior majoring in creative writing/literature and serves as an intern in the Office of Summer and Winter Sessions.

The views expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of Virginia Tech or The Office of Summer and Winter Sessions.