For many Buena Vista University students, the first week of the spring semester is one of the busiest of the year, as pupils must find their classes, begin homework, purchase books and sign up for activities around campus.
It's also a hectic time for Jacqueline Hansen and her staff.
Hansen, the manager of the BVU bookstore since 1992, and her staff of full-time and part-time workers help students find textbooks on subjects ranging from calculus to ceramics, and also aids members of the public who want to purchase Beaver apparel or the latest bestselling book.
The sole source for textbooks and school supplies on campus, the past few weeks have been time-consuming for staff at the business, as students purchased books for J-Term classes three weeks ago and are now buying academic texts for spring semester courses this week.
Situated in the heart of the underground Siebens Forum in the middle of campus, Hansen said the bookstore's address was perfect for the business.
"We're in an absolutely ideal location," Hansen said. "We're at the hub of everything that's going on, since the student mailboxes and the cafeteria are just down from us, and the information desk is right next to us. Sometimes we'd like a little more space, but I wouldn't want to trade our location at all."
The bookstore, which employs both adults and students, carries a full line of Buena Vista apparel, school supplies, music, fiction and nonfiction books and all of the textbooks professors require students to obtain for their classes.
While many of the items in the store are geared toward students, Hansen said the bookstore also caters to members of the public with its selection of non-textbook merchandise.
"We're really trying to fill a niche in town," Hansen said. "We don't have a big bookstore downtown, so this is a place where members of the public can come in and browse around for different books. We've always welcomed members of the community in the past, and we always will in the future."