A Bizarreness that would seem impossible to sustain in a world of fast-changing, global retailing.
That is the case at the University of Maryland, where the bookstore is going through an experiment in “retailing through digital” that is aimed at keeping its books in the hands of more than 500,000 students and staff.
It’s a unique approach for a university that has long relied on students, faculty and alumni for its sales.
But it’s also something that the university has had to contend with before.
In 2015, it was forced to shut down its flagship store in College Park because of a shortage of books.
It also shut down a branch in Alexandria, Va., that was one of the largest in the country, due to the same reasons.
“The challenge that we’re facing is the same thing we’ve been facing for years,” said John P. Sartor, the university’s vice president for academic affairs and provost for human resources.
The school has struggled to stay afloat amid a $5.3 billion budget shortfall over the past decade, which has forced it to sell books through the university library.
That’s made it difficult for the university to get new customers, including students.
But in the end, the strategy has paid off.
“We had to cut costs,” said Michael O’Keefe, the assistant vice president of business development at the university.
“That’s part of the challenge.”
A small library has helped keep books in stores The first step to creating a bookstore that doesn’t depend on students is finding a way to sell its books online.
The university is taking the digital approach to help get the books into the hands the students and faculty want to read, said Sarah M. Miller, vice provost and chief operating officer for university bookstore operations.
The first steps are typically in the form of a digital version of the library, such as a book from the school’s new online catalogue, or a digital book that is the perfect complement to a library book.
The books go to the library and the staff, who then bring the books back to the store to read.
“It’s not just about the physical books that you buy from a bookstore,” Miller said.
“You also have a digital product.”
The new online store is part of a plan to keep books at the library by making it easy for students to find them, but also by making the online experience more flexible.
Books will be available in their original form, rather than as digital copies that can be downloaded.
The library will also make it easier for customers to find books online by adding the option to buy digital books directly from the library.
In the end it could be the difference between keeping a book and buying a book, Miller said, which could be good for students, but bad for the library’s bottom line.
The new approach is different from a traditional bookstore, which typically has a physical book in its collection and sells it online.
In an online store, books have to be bought at the counter.
In a traditional library, books are shelved in a specific location, and the books are picked up and delivered by mail.
The online store will allow books to be picked up from the shelves and delivered in a timely manner.
Miller said that the digital store is similar to a bookstore because it will be open to students.
It will be the first bookstore on campus to offer the option of paying for a book online.
For a library, it will make it even easier for students who want to purchase books online and to get them delivered to their homes.
It can also be used to attract new customers to the campus.
The plan is to sell a handful of books a month, but it could grow to as many as 1,000 books a year.
Miller told The Globe that the online bookstore is expected to open this fall and open more stores over the next two years.
She expects the program will cost $5 million to $8 million, depending on the number of books it sells.
She said the plan is not dependent on the University’s future fundraising efforts.
The University of Michigan, which also has a library and online bookstore, plans to begin selling books in 2018, said David L. Jones, the vice providnet of human resources and public affairs.
“I’m confident that this is going to work well for the University,” Jones said.
The digital book sales will be more flexible than traditional books because the library is expected at the beginning to sell about 5,000 of them a year, he said.
Books that aren’t part of that book collection will be delivered to the shelves, he added.
“So there’s a certain amount of flexibility.”
The university will be able to sell more books than the current book collection.
In 2018, the library sold more than 1,300 books, including a large number of new titles.
“This is the first digital bookstore we have on campus that will be sold by the library,” Miller told the Globe. “And