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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and U of T Bookstore's Response

2020-04-13

To our customers,

With Spring term course lists releasing this week, and the new semester of classes fast approaching, we are re-opening our digital platform to support the U of T community by providing required materials.

At this time, we will remain closed in-store to align with government mandates, but will be shipping purchases made on our website, UofTBookstore.com, to help provide our community everything you need for a successful academic term.

Please continue to reach out to us at weborders@uoftbookstore.com should you have any questions or concerns regarding your online orders. We are eager to help during this challenging time.

We wish you all the best for this upcoming semester.

Thank you.

Lotta Lindblom
VP Retail, University of Toronto Press


2020-03-24

To our customers,

As the Canadian situation around COVID-19 evolves, we at the University of Toronto Bookstore have continued to adapt our business operations to follow the recommendations of the Canadian government and health officials. The health and safety of our customers, employees, and community are our top priority at all times.

Following the provincial government's announcement yesterday regarding mandatory non-essential business closures in Ontario, we will unfortunately be required to temporarily cease operations at the end of the business day today. We will remain closed until further notice.

As a result of this government-mandated closure, we will be unable to fulfill any online orders placed after today, with the exception of eBooks, access codes for digital course materials, and the digital version of Toronto Notes. Our team is working hard today to fulfill as many orders as possible that have already been placed or that are placed during the day today.

Our team will continue to be available to answer your questions during this closure period.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out at any time to the following resources:

We look forward to continuing to serve you in the near future.

Thank you.

Lotta Lindblom
VP Retail, University of Toronto Press


2020-03-17

To our customers,

As mentioned in our note last week, the health, safety and well-being of our customers and employees is the University of Toronto Bookstore’s top priority, and we are following the lead of Canadian public health authorities at this important time. Following the University of Toronto's announcement regarding the closure of buildings on campus, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close all of our stores as of the end of the business day today.

We are committed to continuing to meet our community's needs during this challenging time, and will be open online, fulfilling all orders at www.uoftbookstore.com.

We are also offering free shipping Canada-wide to ensure that our U of T community and beyond can continue to receive the materials and supplies they might need.

We continue to monitor this situation closely and will provide updates as needed.

Thank you.

Lotta Lindblom
VP Retail, University of Toronto Press


2020-03-13

To our customers,

With growing global concerns around COVID-19 ("coronavirus"), I wanted to provide you with an update on our response to date and our commitment to you moving forward. The health, safety and well-being of our customers and employees is the University of Toronto Bookstore’s top priority and we are following the lead of Canadian public health authorities at this important time. We are committed to providing a comfortable and safe shopping experience at each of our retail locations, and are strengthening our online shopping to facilitate our customers’ need to shop from home.

First and foremost, I want to assure our customers that we are taking all appropriate measures to ensure our retail locations are safe and that we have existing measures in place to ensure they stay that way. We have stepped up our cleaning and sanitation of our stores throughout the day. We continue to provide hand sanitizer stations at our entrances. While the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the current public health risk associated with coronavirus as low, we will continue to monitor for developments very closely.

To protect yourself and others, we ask that our Team Members and anyone who is feeling unwell refrain from visiting us so that together we can ensure a safe and comfortable experience for everyone. We are also offering $3 flat rate shipping Canada-wide to ensure that our U of T community and beyond can continue to receive the materials and supplies they might need.

Again, we continue to monitor this situation closely and will provide ongoing updates as needed. At present, our store hours remain unchanged, however we will continuously assess our customer needs and will inform you if this changes.

Thank you.

Lotta Lindblom
VP Retail, University of Toronto Press