WASHINGTON — The Baylor University Library will begin accepting book orders this month for students in the fall, and the online bookshop will be open in the spring.
The new book shop will be called AnyThink, and it will allow users to shop books, access courses and classes from any computer or device, and access content from any platform, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play and Apple.
It is a move that is aimed at bringing more students online and to boost library services and library-related spending, said Steve Jones, chief executive officer of the library system.
“I think it’s a step in the right direction,” he said.
“We’re seeing a big shift in the way we use digital technologies, and so that’s the thing we’re focused on right now.”
The library system launched its online book shop in 2012 and was one of several big chains to open a dedicated online book store in the past year.
However, the new shop is the first to use a cloud-based technology that allows students to access their books and study materials from anywhere.
The Baylor library system is not the only major institution in the country to open an online bookstore.
Some colleges and universities have started to sell online textbooks.
In May, the University of Texas at Austin began offering online textbooks in the summer for its students.
But for the Baylor library, the move is a major step toward bringing more library services online.
The new online bookseller will allow students to buy textbooks, register for classes and access courses, among other services, and Jones said the program will continue to grow.
Baylor has had a digital book store for some time, but it was not part of a nationwide initiative until recently.
Its digital bookstore, a unit of the university that specializes in digital textbooks, is a separate unit from the library.
“The library has been a pioneer in offering online access for students, but our library service is limited to students enrolled in the library’s online programs,” said Dan Wieden, executive director of the school’s Center for Learning & Enterprise, in a statement.
“In order to meet this need, the Baylor Library will now open an independent digital book shop.”