New University of Belize Book Store opens in Belmopan Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 November 2012 00:00

The new UB BookcentreA fully outfitted bookstore with modern architecture opened on Wednesday, November 21st, at the University of Belize Campus in Belmopan. To recognize the achievement, University of Belize faculty and staff gathered in community settings to witness the ribbon-cutting and their finished product of over three years of work. Present for the occasion was Simeon Lopez, the Mayor of Belmopan.

Students will now be able to select their own books from a wide array on the bookshelves, in a book store, that has received reviews to be the best University Book Store in the Country. Once the books are selected, the items will be processed with the help of modern scanners at the cash register. But books are not the only items on the offering as there are numerous clothing and other merchandise with the University of Belize markings. Additional sections of the facility provide for students to replenish their energies. A spacious deck at the back of the building has been constructed to allow for community links to be forged on a University environment, where wireless Internet is the order of the day.

“It provides an onsite campus location for students to socialize in terms of a cafeteria but more importantly, by linking the books and food together, we give food for thought and food for work,” says Dr. Cary Fraser, President of the University of Belize.

In her remarks at the opening ceremony, Dr. Wilma Wright, Interim Provost, expressed that the facility will meet basic levels of human nutrition and books to provide intellectual food and self- actualization. Dr. Wright thanked the great team, which included Dr. Cynthia Thomson, Assistant Provost, for making the book store a reality. The new book store will serve as a model for the University of Belize Campuses in Belize City and the Toledo District.

The opening of the new book store is a further expansion to the University of Belize. Dr. Cary Fraser told The Guardian on Wednesday that he looks forward to the further expansion of the University of Belize Campus and the building of more facilities to meet the needs of those desirous of a university education.