Columbia University Bookstore (Morningside Heights)
The main Columbia University Bookstore, located in the basement of Lerner Hall, is a Barnes & Noble College Bookstore dressed up with Columbiana. The walls are adorned with photos of the likes of Low Library and the Big C, while portraits of notable alumni, including DeWitt Clinton and Madeleine Albright, hang along the main aisle.
Before the bookstore was in Lerner, it was in Journalism (now Pulitzer) Hall.
The store sells school supplies, accessories, computer software, Columbia paraphernalia, textbooks, and Columbia-branded shit of every size, type, and quality here. A big draw is that you can get your parents to pay for your purchases by using Flex (when mom and dad get the bill, you can always chalk it up to school expenses).
At the beginning of the semester, when flocks of students descend to purchase textbooks, and near the end of the spring semester, when graduating students are seeking robes, the lines in the store can be epic.