Boston College to sell the last remaining copies of CSN Books in 2021
Posted On July 5, 2021
The Boston College campus bookstore, CSN, will close at the end of 2021, the college announced Tuesday.
The bookstore has been the flagship of the College of Communications at Boston College since 2011, when the college bought CSN for $2.8 million.
In January, the College’s president, George Bridges, said the college would take the title “college bookstore” off its register of historic landmarks.
The College’s website said the campus bookstore “is the last surviving bookstore in the United States, and will be closed to the public by the end [of 2021].”
Boston College President George Bridges (Photo: John Meore, AP) The college’s president has said he would like to “extend a huge hand to the community and to those who have served on the faculty of Boston College.”
In the announcement, Bridges said the College would donate the last CSN book to the college library.
The college announced the sale of the bookstore’s last copies in January.
The store is expected to be sold at a sale price of $30 a copy, with proceeds going to the Boston Foundation, which supports the college’s academic programs.
The last remaining CSN books, published between 1959 and 1970, have sold for more than $2 million, according to the book’s publisher, David Simon and Co. In recent years, the book has been auctioned off by Simon and Schuster and online auction house Christie’s.
The sale was first announced in April 2018, but only lasted until March 2021, according, to the university’s website.
The purchase of CSNs is the third for the College in the past year.
In 2018, the bookstore sold its last copy of the bestselling fantasy novel series A Song of Ice and Fire, which was first published in 2003.
The first CSN Book, published in 1987, was sold at auction for more $4.5 million in October 2018.
The university sold the first copy of its classic college library collection in 2014, but the College still has some books in the library that have not been digitized.
The second CSN Collection was sold in January 2018 for $3.7 million.
The final CSN Library Book, written by author and professor William Golding, was auctioned at Christie’s in March 2017 for more, with the proceeds going toward the college building renovations.
In December, the library will be sold for the first time, with plans to convert it into a “modern, multi-use space.”
The new space will have “high-speed Internet access, a large conference room, and a dedicated reading room,” according to a statement from the college.
The next book to be auctioned is the book The Lost Tribes, written in the 1930s and published by the author.
The book was written by writer and poet Charles Dickens, who died in 1923, according the university.
The school’s purchase of the book was not a public announcement, according.
“As a student of Dickens, I have a special connection to this work,” Bridges said in a statement.
“The books are a treasure and they are an important part of the history of this college.
We will be donating the books to the library.
I am confident that the new space and the new collection will be a wonderful addition to the College.”