The Lyman Beecher Brooks Library on the NSU campus (Photo by Kevin Coles)

Norfolk State University (NSU) is a public liberal arts university in Norfolk, Virginia. Originally established in 1935, Norfolk State is an historically black university that has an annual enrollment of about 7,000 students and employs about 300 academic staff members. The school’s athletic teams are known as the Spartans and compete in the MEAC. Green and gold are the official school colors of the university. Students at NSU know how important it is to shop around for textbooks and school supplies. These bookstores are the best places to check out for textbooks:

The official campus bookstore is simply called the Norfolk State University Bookstore. This store is housed inside the New Student Center in the middle of campus at 700 Park Avenue. With all of the required and recommended materials in stock, you can’t go wrong when you shop here. You can purchase books brand new. You can purchased used books for savings up to 25%. You can rent many of your books and enjoy savings of up to 50%, and you can also get digital e-textbooks and save over 60% off the regular price of a new textbook. All of these options are great for students who have their own ways of doing things while trying to save money at the same time. In addition to textbooks, you will find discounted technology items, lots of school supplies, Spartans gear, and even special offers from other retailers since the store partners with these local companies to offer even more savings for college students. Most books can be pre-ordered and ordered online for shipping right to your door.

Textbook Brokers is an excellent off-campus textbook outlet in Norfolk. It’s located at 345 Granby Street in downtown Norfolk, not far from the Norfolk State. Textbook Brokers is a national company with locations across the country in cities with major universities. You will find a great selection of new, used, and rental textbooks here – all at amazingly low prices. The staff here is very helpful, and they know how important it is for students to save money on everything they need to buy. This store serves Norfolk State students, Old Dominion students, and any other college students in the area, meaning it is not school-specific. Along with getting books here for your classes, you can sell back your books to the store for a competitive rate. By “liking” the store’s Facebook page, you will receive special offers and discounts on items that are already discounted when compared to other stores, so it’s a no-brainer to shop here.

Dominion Bookstore is an awesome independent bookstore that carries a huge variety of college textbooks. Located at 1074 West 47th Street and close to the downtown area of Norfolk, this bookstore tends to serve more Old Dominion students but also gladly serves NSU students and anyone who needs textbooks at low prices. It has a huge inventory of inexpensive textbooks. Not only can you buy cheaper new and used textbooks here, but also you can rent a large number of books. This bookstore offers a free newsletter with special discounts on books and other items. You will also school supplies and a nice clearance section here.