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RMIT to open pop-up bookshops; plans underway for permanent shops

RMIT University in Melbourne will open two pop-up bookshops in June to cater for students buying their textbooks for the second semester of the university year.

The university said in a statement that plans are also underway to open ‘full-fledged permanent shop[s]’ at its campuses in the Melbourne CBD and Bundoora in the city’s north.

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, RMIT Bookshop, which operated as an independent student co-operative and was owned by the Melbourne Co-operative Bookshop Group (MCBG), closed at the end of April after trading for 53 years. MCBG operated an outlet on Little Latrobe Street in the CBD and one outlet at Bundoora. A third bookshop, which was located in the city, closed in August 2012.

From mid-June, the university will operate a pop-up bookshop at the city campus, in a building close to the Swanston Street Library, as well as one at the Bundoora campus at the former site of the RMIT Bookshop.  

‘For the longer term, RMIT is taking the opportunity to establish RMIT shops on its campuses that will provide learning materials as well as the merchandising provided in our recently opened Linktopia store,’ said the university. The university’s Linktopia stores sell RMIT-branded merchandise, including clothing.

RMIT said it will notify students when the pop-up stores open.

 

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