Category Archives: Your Co-op


The QR Walls

Earlier in the month I let you know about our second semester QR Walls in the post Off the wall.

The walls have helped many uni students get their texts without queuing, or even having to shop during store trading hours. As a bonus, those who try this new way of shopping and check out with PayPal have been treated to a limited $10 cash back offer.

If your book is on the wall there is still time to scan with your app and buy in a snap and get the PayPal cash back.

Now for a trip around the country…

Macquarie University

University of Sydney

University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)

University of Western Australia

University of Melbourne

La Trobe University, Bundoora campus

Australian National University (ANU)

University of Canberra

Griffith University, Nathan campus

University of Queensland, St Lucia campus


What do you think of the walls, and would you shop this way? Let us know what you think.


Calling Video Producers

We’ve got a brand new app in production and now we’re putting the call out to find a budding filmmaker to create a short video (60 seconds) to introduce and explain all the awesome features of the app.

What you need:

  • Interest in social media and apps
  • Currently studying – film / TV / media / IT (or really good at producing videos)
  • Examples of previous video work

What you get:

If you are chosen as our app video producer we’ll shout your name from the rooftops (on our website, blog, Facebook, Twitter…) and you’ll get a $500 Co-op Bookshop Gift Voucher.

Sound like you? Interested?

Complete the form below with your details and we’ll take a look.

Applications close COB Wednesday 8th August.

We’ll then be in touch with the chosen producer with a full brief (including details of the app).

The chosen designer will have 1 week to produce the clip.


2012 stArt Winners Announced


Back in 2006 someone at the Co-op had an idea to run a student art competition – the idea was that student artists could submit artwork that would be suitable for a printed greeting card that would then be sold in-store at every Co-op Bookshop as well as online. It was a good idea, and the start of stArt:studentArt.

In 2012 a new category was added – Salon De Co-op, a category that any Co-op Member could enter.

Yesterday the winners were announced on the studentArt website and Facebook page, with 3 images from the four categories – Fine Art, Photomedia, Digital Media and Salon De Co-op selected.   The 12 designs (below) will be turned into greeting cards that will be available later in the year.

Until these new designs are available you can pick up one of our 2011 range from the Co-op Online, or at any Co-op Bookshop.

Dreaming of Red Umbrellas

What do you think? Was your favourite from the 2012 Gallery picked by the stArt Jury?

My fav from the winners is from the Photomedia category – Where the past and present meet by Bethany Schneiders (line 2 position 1), and my favourite overall, one that didn’t make it in the Jury’s selection, Dreaming of Red Umbrellas by Bec.

Well done everyone who entered – there’s lots of great work, and congrats to all the winners for 2012.


The Co-op comes to Melbourne University

This weekend has been a massive weekend for the Co-op, we are getting ready to open the doors on two brand new Co-op Bookshops tomorrow morning!

The newest editions (yes, it should be additions, but we are in the book world) are on campus at The University of Melbourne.

Late last year the University of Melbourne made the decision to cease operating the bookshops on campus and earlier this year they put out to tender the contract for bookshop operations on campus. With only 3 stores in Victoria on campus at the Bundoora, Bendigo and Wodonga campuses of La Trobe University we had our fingers (and toes) crossed when we put out tender in.

We were awarded the contract, and after ‘getting the keys’ on Friday the weekend has been spent Co-opifying the spaces previously occupied by Melbourne University Bookshop and SPP Medical & Legal Books. So what does it take, other great staff and some solid cleaning products?

At The Co-op Bookshop University of Melbourne it involved:

New door signage

A lot of re-labeling …

and an amazing amount of re-shelving …

until it was ready for the doors to open

While over at The Co-op Bookshop Melbourne SPP there was a lot more external signage involving the use of scissor lifts

glass cleaning, more re-labeling and re-shelving …

and as this doesn’t make for good photos, we’ll just go straight for the ta-dah with one looking at the entrance to the store:

The Co-op Bookshop Melbourne SPP

It was a big effort from all involved, and we think they look like bookshop’s you’d like to browse in. So, if you are in Melbourne come and visit us either at The Co-op Bookshop University of Melbourne in the Baillieu Building, or The Co-op Bookshop Melbourne SPP in the Alan Gilbert Building  after the doors open tomorrow morning!!




Welcome to the brand new Co-op Bookshop Blog!

We know there are a lot of book related blogs out there, but we also know that we’re a little bit different to other bookshops – which means that this blog will be different to most out there.

What you will find here is the usual reviews and updates about books and the industry, but you’ll also find tips and tricks – survival stories – for getting through uni and beyond, product road-tests as we expand our offering and look for new and exciting things we can bring to you, competitions, and much much more.

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