New bookstore arrangement is organized chaos

Photo by Evan Ludes/The Gateway Textbooks in the UNO Bookstore are now arranged by authors' last name
Photo by Evan Ludes/The Gateway
Textbooks in the UNO Bookstore are now arranged by authors’ last name

By Kaitlin Vickers, Contributor

Many University of Nebraska at Omaha students, ranging from freshman to graduate students, are finding the new layout of the UNO Bookstore difficult to navigate. The bookstore recently had a grand opening in the Milo Bail Student Center, and many students were excited to see the new layout.
The new bookstore consists of apparel, school supplies and other related items on the top floor, while the bottom floor contains all of the textbooks.
I did my initial book shopping online, but I ended up needing a few extra books when classes started. When I walked down the stairs to find two textbooks, I thought I would only be in there for a few minutes.
The next thing I knew, I was walking in circles trying to find my books, which were now sorted by author. This had to be the most frustrating aspect because I had no idea who wrote my books. After about 15 minutes of circling the bookshelves, I finally found someone to help me out.
To my relief, I am not the only person that found the new bookstore layout complicated and time consuming.
“I wanted to buy my books one day before class. Ibrought my schedule to see I needed authors,” said sophomore Susie Philbin. “Then I wasted 20 minutes [when] MavLink crash[ed]. I would prefer the old layout.”
Another factor which contributed to the confusion was the possibility of multiple textbook authors, which is often the case for engineering and science books.
“It can be very confusing for books with several authors,” graduate student Sara Robbins said. “Also, keeping track of the list of books and authors can be much more confusing than just remembering your class numbers.”
I also noticed how terribly confusing it was to find a book with multiple authors. I felt like the books were put in alphabetical order, but it was hard to find them, unlike the ease of finding books at a library.
I feel that the original setup to the bookstore was much more efficient as do many other Mavericks. As Stephanie Hanson put it, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”


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