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March 17, 2011

2 Pitt book stores merging


Pitt’s Health Book Center is being transplanted from its location in Forbes Pavilion to Pitt’s Book Center.

The Health Book Center will remain open for business at its current location through Friday, March 25, but as of Monday, March 28, its health-related books and merchandise will be available at The Book Center. The Health Book Center’s three employees will make the move as well, said The Book Center manager Debra Fyock.

The Health Book Center’s general books will be added to the general books section on the first floor of The Book Center while textbooks for the Schools of the Health Sciences classes will be included in the textbook department.

Health-related supplies and gift items also will make the move to The Book Center, said Fyock.

Plans to relocate the Health Book Center got underway last fall, she said.

“We wanted to respond quickly to the rapidly changing face of the book/publishing industry. With an increased variety of delivery methods, such as eBooks and rentals, and the rise of Internet sales, the Health Book Center no longer required the amount of space it had in the past.  Add to this the convenience of one-stop shopping, and the move to The Book Center seemed obvious,” Fyock said.

The Health Book Center moved to its current location on Forbes Avenue in 1988 after 20 years in Scaife Hall. No plans have been finalized for the space the Health Book Center will vacate.

Fyock said the merger of the two book centers is the first phase in Pitt’s plan for a renovation of The Book Center. Details for the renovation have not been completed but student input has been sought in surveys.

— Kimberly K. Barlow

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