Some of the busiest places at Amarillo College are the AC bookstores.
In-person or online, the employees spend their semesters stocking, selling, renting and buying back books and supplies and helping students with everything from their first Scantrons to their caps and gowns.
“The feeling of knowing someone in this school just passed a test, quiz or homework assignment because of us makes our job that more important and that more fulfilling,” said bookstore manager Dennis Leslie.
Two locations, one on the Washington Street Campus and another on the West Campus, give students the chance to buy their books in person. They also can order them online and have them ready for pickup. Staff members are on duty at each of the stores, ready to help students navigate the aisles.
“When students come to this store, I want them to understand they are a priority and that they are the reason our work day is successful,” Leslie said. “In college there are deadlines to be met and studying to be done, and who are we to slow down the progression of our future?”
Students on the Hereford and Moore County campuses can order books online and have them shipped at no cost to their campus within four to five business days.
Purchases can be made with financial aid with a student ID and with cash, check or credit card.
Leslie said the store has an obligation to try to keep prices low for students but that it’s not always easy.
“It’s hard enough to go to school every day, go to work and pay for the things you need,” he said. “These students understand these books aren’t free, but they also understand that as a team, we try our hardest to bargain with them.”
Extended hours at the beginning of each semester and summer hours are posted on the bookstore home page at www.actx.edu.