The Duck Store
The Duck Store is the bookstore for the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, United States. It is a not-for-profit corporation governed by an elected Board of Directors composed mostly of students. It serves primarily students, faculty, staff and alumni of the University of Oregon. The store is divided into five sections:
- The Literary Duck (on the second floor) provides class texts and general interest books
- The Creative Duck (on the lower ground floor) provides art and school supplies
- The Spirit Duck provides sportswear and Oregon memorabilia
- The Digital Duck provides computers and electronics
- The Duck Stop cafeteria
The first University of Oregon bookstore was organized by the Associated Students of the University of Oregon (ASUO) in 1916 in a rented house that was on the site of the present store. After World War I, the ASUO found itself in financial difficulty and sold the bookstore to a local druggist. By 1920, it became clear that the university needed a bookstore, and a supporter from Portland, stationer J. K. Gill, set up the University of Oregon Cooperative Store. Stock in a separate corporation, the University Supply Company, was sold to department heads and faculty, including university president Prince Lucien Campbell. By 1933, the bookstore was financially solvent and the supply company was dissolved.
The bookstore changed locations several times. In 1959, the Board of Directors voted to buy the College Side Inn, which was located at 13th and Kincaid streets, the site of the present bookstore. A new bookstore building was completed in 1961, with several additions being made to it since then.
In keeping with the not-for-profit mission of the bookstore, students, faculty and staff of the U of O receive a 10% discount off publisher's suggested prices on all course texts.
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