Kinugasa Campus Co-op Bookstore at Ritsumeikan University was re-opened in 2013 as Book Center Furatto.
15 years have passed since the last renovation of this co-op bookstore. Students stated their opinion on the bookstore, saying that the bookstore is dark, unlike a bookstore, and that it offers what they need, but not what they want. At the Annual General Meeting in 2012, it was decided that the old Zonshin Hall Book and Service Center is going to be renovated. The concept of the new store is as follows: 1) A store that invites everybody to come in; 2) A special corner for textbook will be established in the store, leading to efficient textbook sales, which eventually results in high variable sales floor.
The new bookstore aims at becoming a “bookstore in your neighborhood”. With this concept in mind, the Student Committee chose its walls, furniture, floor color, as well as signboard at the entrance with an emphasis on the using of wood grain. The co-op staff thought the store layout thoroughly based on the current product analysis.
When it was re-opened, students said things like “It’s now like a bookstore!” and “It’s totally changed!” The renovation has been highly acclaimed. On the other hand, many graduated students criticized the new bookstore as an on-campus bookstore, but lacking specialized books. After hearing their wish to increase the number of specialized books, we made a new book corner for specialized books. This is part of an effort to have a variety of products that meets the members’ dynamic demands.
Cash register and service counter are located in one location
Members can read books or talk to friends at the sofa
Corners for specialized books and textbooks
We also hold book fairs regularly and established a corner for recommended books
Re-opened in September 2013.
Location: Kyoto City, Kyoto
Faculty: College of Law, College of Social Sciences, College of International Relations, College of Policy Science (moved to Osaka Ibaraki Campus in 2015), College of Letters, College of Image Arts and Sciences, Inter-Faculty Institute for International Studies
Population: 18,148 people (undergraduate and graduate students)
Store space: 395 m2
Hours: 10.15 – 18.30 (weekdays), 10.30 – 15.00 (Saturdays)
Average number of users: 400 people/day (weekdays average in December)