May 26, 2015 | by Jonathan Shar | in Partnerships

Mary Baldwin College Launches Akademos Virtual Bookstore Platform

Mary Baldwin partners with Akademos to improve student success and increase textbook affordability, becoming the third Council of Independent Colleges member in Virginia to move to the Akademos solution within the last 12 months.

Mary Baldwin Selects Akademos as Virtual Bookstore PlatformWe are pleased to announce that Mary Baldwin College, a private liberal arts college in Staunton Virginia, has joined our rapidly growing list of partner schools. Mary Baldwin joins Roanoke College and Bridgewater College as the third Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) member institution in Virginia to adopt Akademos' virtual bookstore platform within the last 12 months. 

Starting in Fall 2015, Mary Baldwin College students can shop for textbooks and course materials in the money saving format of their choice and place orders anytime, anywhere through the mobile optimized online bookstore and marketplace. 

“We are confident that Akademos’ online bookstore platform is the right choice to connect Mary Baldwin students with the course materials they need to thrive academically,” said Crista Cabe, Vice President for Communication, Marketing, and Public Affairs at Mary Baldwin College. “Students will get the right textbooks, at the most competitive prices, and on time.” Mary Baldwin students will be able to order their course materials through the new school-sanctioned online bookstore and seamlessly choose between New, Used, Marketplace, Rental and eBook options, dramatically expanding their access to lower cost textbooks. At the end of each term students will have the option to sell back their textbooks through the Akademos peer-to-peer marketplace to recoup some of their cost. 

“I am pleased to welcome Mary Baldwin College to Akademos and look forward to teaming with students, faculty, and administrators to lower the cost of course materials, enhance textbook adoption efficiencies, and ultimately to achieve our mutual goal of improving learning outcomes for students,” said Chief Executive Officer John Squires. “Our solution will encourage students to use the school-sanctioned bookstore website by offering competitively priced textbooks and a mobile-optimized easy to use shopping experience.”

To learn more about expanding affordable textbook options for students and the Akademos’ virtual bookstore offering, visit

About Mary Baldwin College
Mary Baldwin empowers leaders to pursue lives of purpose in a changing world. As a distinctive small university committed to its rich heritage as an inclusive, women-centered liberal arts college, Mary Baldwin fulfills its mission by providing undergraduate, graduate, and professional education to a diverse population of women and men. It emphasizes high ethical standards and the development of critical, creative, and reflective reasoning as the foundation for fulfilling, engaged, and meaningful lives.

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