The Agora Bookstore is a student-owned, independent, learning organization dedicated to meeting the needs of the University of Ottawa community.
We accomplish this by:
- offering a wide range of products and services at the lowest possible prices;
- setting new standards in customer service with friendly, knowledgeable and bilingual staff; and
- remaining open to the ever-changing realities of the community.
We were opened by the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa over ten years ago. Before the Agora was opened, students faced hefty prices of textbooks up to 20% over the suggested retail price. This was because the campus bookstore, owned and operated by Follet, had no competition which could battle it as an equal. Once the Agora opened and priced its books below retail, the campus store had no choice but to do the same. The Agora has saved students hundreds of dollars on their textbooks and continues to do so. It is not only the student owned bookstore but it is also the reason the university bookstore can no longer gouge students as much as it did before. It remains an essential service and business of the SFUO.
In February 2006, students voted in a second referendum to invest $9/semester in the operations of the Agora. This levy will be used to allow for the continuation and amelioration of the Agora. Questions about the levy and how it is used can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location and Directions
The Agora Bookstore and Internet Café is located at 145 Besserer Street, between Dalhousie and Waller, across the street from Les Suites Hotel