by London Bradshaw, Contributing Writer
“The bookstore would love to see every student on campus enrolled in Textbook Butler. We believe it is the new way of books, and we are excited to be on the cutting edge of it,” OBU bookstore Duncan Lyle said.
Textbook Butler, which started in 2013, is a program designed to get students their books in a convenient and easy way.
If a student opts to be in the program, books will be delivered to their room on before the semester starts.
Lyle said that textbook butler was started with student’s convenience in mind.
“We wanted to revolutionize the textbook process,” he said.
“We set out with the goal of helping students get books as easily as possible,” Lyle said.
“So, if we provide a service that takes the hassle out of the students hands and lets the bookstore take care of the books for them.”
Lyle said that there are many benefits to Textbook Butler.
“The most significant benefit of Textbook Butler is the ease and peace of mind that it gives our students about the book purchasing [and] renting process,” he said.
“Books at notorious for being a stressful, expensive and complicated, but with Textbook Butler the bookstore takes on all the work to provide the best books at the best prices.”
While Textbook Butler seems to be very beneficial to the campus and to the students, it is not without its own set of challenges.
Lyle said that organization and distribution is the main challenge.
“The biggest challenge that we’ve had so far is just trying to make sure that 1,000 plus orders get fulfilled and delivered accurately and in time for move in day,” he said.
“But we continue to grow and improve to make sure that we get better every semester.”
Some students also have found disadvantages to the program.
“I do not like how you are automatically signed up for it,” senior nursing major Kyra Gilbert said.
“I had already bought my books in the summer, and then when I came back I had to go through the hassle of returning the books from textbook butler because I had two copies of each book.”
Other students have found that not every book is actually delivered when using Textbook Butler.
“I love how I can get my books delivered directly to my dorm room,” sophomore nursing major Cara Hammon said.
“I hate how I never get all of my books and I have to go to the bookstore anyways.”
Sophomore nursing major Hannah Baughman said that using Textbook Butler isn’t always worth the convenience.
“It is very easy to fall into the trap of just clicking your preference and letting them do the work of finding your books for you,” she said.
Despite the challenges, Textbook Butler is improving and will be available on campus for a while.
“I never got to experience Textbook Butler from the student side while I was at OBU, but I personally believe it is a worthwhile and beneficial service for our campus and our students,” Lyle said.
“I truly enjoy being a part of it.”