Last month, I wrote about some of the changes that were going to be taking place with the Michigan State University Extension Bookstore, and now the time has come! On October 1, the bookstore will become part of the MSU online store, shop.msu.edu. At that time, MSU Extension products that are currently being sold at the bookstore will be available on the shop.msu.edu online store. This new partnership allows MSU Extension to continue to produce high-quality products while taking advantage of a robust, cyber-secure online retail store.
The bookstore is closed until October 1, during which time no orders can be placed. Beginning October 1, all orders must be placed and purchased via shop.msu.edu. Any customers with existing MSU Extension accounts will have to set up new accounts if they don’t already have shop.msu.edu accounts. To do so:
- Go to shop.msu.edu.
- Click on “My Account” at the top of the page.
- Click “Continue” under “New Customers.”
- Enter your email address and create a password. Click “Continue.”
- Enter the rest of your contact information.
- Beginning Oct. 1, click on “MSU Extension Bookstore” at the top of the page.
- Start shopping.
Those interested in picking up their orders in person can do so at the shop.msu.edu fulfillment center at University Stores in the Angell Building, 166 Service Road on the MSU campus. You can also learn more about shop.msu.edu on their website.
I think this is a great opportunity for MSU Extension and shop.msu.edu to showcase the strengths of each distinct entity. MSU Extension will continue to provide its customers with the highest quality materials via a platform that has a successful history of retail sales on the university level. I look forward to introducing our products to a much larger audience as well.