Beginning July 1, 2011, the Fuller Seminary Bookstore and Café will be operated by Cokesbury, the bookstore arm of the United Methodist Church. Cokesbury, with an annual sales volume of $85 million, operates bookstores at 18 seminaries of various sizes and denominations across the U.S.—including Duke Divinity School and Princeton, Asbury, and Union Theological Seminaries.
The decision came in light of increasing economic challenges for bookstores, including those in seminary settings. “The changing world of internet marketing has profoundly impacted the very best of traditional bookstore operations,” noted Provost Sherwood Lingenfelter.
Affirming the strong foundation and legacy of excellence the Fuller Bookstore and Café have established over the years, Lingenfelter shared that Cokesbury will now bring its resources to the task of selling theological books and textbooks and continuing the coffee shop in its present location.
"Our bookstore has served us with an exceptional level of quality for many years,” stated John Ward, Fuller’s vice president for finance. “In this increasingly difficult time for bookstores overall, we believe Cokesbury will continue a very strong commitment to serving our seminary and larger community.”
More information about hours of operation and specific services provided will be available in the coming week.