Bowdoin Store COVID-19 FAQs

Is the Bowdoin Store open?

Yes! We're here to serve the whole Bowdoin community either in-store or online. The Bowdoin Store in Smith Union is currently OPEN ONLY to students, faculty, and staff who are carrying active Bowdoin IDs and are part of the campus testing program. All other community members are invited to shop online or by phone.

Though the store in Smith Union has limited operating hours (currently 10:00-4:00, Monday-Friday), we are available by phone or email from 8:30-5:00, Monday-Friday, and will be happy to assist you.

While many of our operating procedures may have changed to provide a safe shopping experience, the Bowdoin Store staff remains the same, and our commitment to providing you with excellent customer service is unwavering.

I'm part of the testing program and I want to shop in the store. What should I expect?

As with all other locations on the Bowdoin campus, masks that cover the nose and mouth are required.

Only 5 customers are permitted in the store at one time.

We ask that you use the hand sanitizing station at the store entrance as you enter.

Plexiglass protection barriers have been installed at all checkout and service counters to separate and protect customers and employees.

Our fitting rooms are closed, and we ask that customers refrain from trying on merchandise.

Scheduled cleaning and sanitizing protocols have been implemented, paying attention to high touch areas such as checkout counters and pin pads.

Credit card machine pin pads are covered with a washable top layer and are cleaned regularly after use.

We've implemented contactless payments. Customers will scan, swipe or tap their own credit card or One Card at the cash register.  Receipts will only be printed upon request.

Social distancing signs have been placed in the store, and outside the entrance to help maintain a six foot (6’) distance between customers.

Shopping baskets have been removed from the store.


I live near campus and want to buy something. Do you offer curbside pickup?

Unfortunately, the Bowdoin College campus is closed to visitors. Therefore, we are unable to offer curbside pickup.

If I buy something, can I still return it?

Yes! Our normal return policy remains in effect. We isolate all returns for at least 48 hours before returning them to the sales floor.

I still have questions...

Call us at 1-800-524-2225, or email us at bookstore@bowdoin.edu, and we'll be happy to assist you.