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Bookstore Opens During Limited Hours

By Cassandra Maisonet, Editor-in-Chief

The Middlesex County College Bookstore is operating on a temporary schedule that began last month to reduce the store’s capacity in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Bookstore is now open from Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, according to the Middlesex County College Bookstore website.

Josie Tavarez, manager of the bookstore, said that there are several ways that she and her staff are adhering to social distancing protocols. 

“Masks are required for all employees and customers. We can only let 25 students in at a time,” said Tavarez.

According to the bookstore’s website, the staff added various other safety measures around the store, such as contact-free payment, cleaning protocols and countertop shields at checkout.

Alternatively, students can purchase textbooks and supplies at the bookstore’s website. 

“[Students] can also use their financial aid online when checking out,” said Tavarez.

Tavarez said that students can return textbooks without having to go to the bookstore. 

“[Students] can ship [materials] back using the return form that was included in their box,” said Tavarez.

According to the bookstore’s website, shipments are aimed to take one to two business days. 

However, Tavarez said, “With classes starting on Tuesday… it can now take up to 72 hours to process an order.”

“We kindly ask any students that are coming to the bookstore to have patience as we operate on a reduced occupancy schedule. They may experience long wait times when visiting the bookstore,” said Tavarez.

For more information, contact Tavarez at or visit the Middlesex County College Bookstore website at

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