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In 2018 the Univeristy of Kentucky opened its brand new bookstore in partnership with Barnes & Noble College. Located in the Gatton Student Center, the bookstore is a hub for academic and social activity on campus. 

The two-story, 33,000 square feet space features a wide selection of textbooks and school supplies, general reading materials and an assortment of merchandise items, including a Nike store with UK-branded apparel. The bookstore is also home to a fully licensed Starbucks with café seating for 70.

The UK Bookstore is also an authorized Apple reseller and an authorized Apple service provider where students, faculty and staff can have their devices serviced and purchase Apple products at education pricing.

"Our vision for the new UK Bookstore — as a welcoming and inspiring space — reflects the University of Kentucky Wildcat spirit,” said Patrick Maloney, president of Barnes & Noble College. “The new bookstore will act as a central gathering place, promoting and enhancing the University of Kentucky experience with a campus store that welcomes the community and delivers great products and affordable course material options."