Our Heritage

Innovators in course materials distribution, store systems and retail technology, MBS brings decades of experience and stability to your doorstep. Leading the way today and setting the stage for tomorrow, MBS will be here for as the industry evolves.

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MBS Wholesale

We believe one of the best ways to help independent college stores succeed — and stay independent — is to offer access to one of the largest inventories of used books in the industry. Over the years, new connections and new partnerships have widened our network, and company-wide, our mix of new, used and digital course materials is unparalleled.

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MBS Systems

What does it take to offer a total store solution? Is it superior support? State-of-the-art hardware? Software that continually delivers? All of the above. A complete solution has to fit the needs of stores of all sizes and that's what MBS Systems has been supplying since 1984. Continually evolving products and services, and the training to put them to use makes operating your store easier than ever before.

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MBS Direct

MBS Direct has led the industry, partnering with over 700 schools since our direct-to-student course material fulfillment model launched in 1992. In 2017-2018, we served 169,829 K-12 students and 440,855 higher education students. Our numbers grow each year. Over the years, our network has expanded to include more than 2,100 vendors and publishers of all size, allowing us to provide our partner schools with the security of knowing their students will receive the course materials they need, before class begins.

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We've really appreciated the personal relationships that we've developed. MBS has met all of our needs.

Jeremy Johnson

Executive Director, Auxiliary Services, Kennesaw University Bookstore

MBS, from the beginning

  • 1909

    The Missouri Store Company

    The Missouri Store Company is founded, dealing in school furniture and teacher supplies

  • 1973

    University Book Services

    Missouri Store Company becomes University Book Services, switching focus to buying and selling textbooks

  • 1984


    TEXT-AID® textbook management service debuted, the beginning of MBS Systems

  • 1985

    MBS Textbook Exchange

    MBS becomes the primary wholesaler for Barnes & Noble, prompting expansive growth and greater market share

  • 1991

    Ash Street

    Relocated to current Ash Street location

  • 1992

    MBS Direct

    MBS Direct is created to provide an online bookstore solution to fit any program

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  • 2000


    Automatic Storage and Retrieval and Radio Frequency picking are added to the warehouse to shorten out-the-door time and increase capacity for distribution

  • 2005


    MBS Systems inSite eCommerce suite released

  • 2006


    MBS creates a fully integrated rental system for both brick-and-mortar stores and their eCommerce sites

  • 2008


    The Beumer Crossbelt High-Speed Book Sorter streamlines order fulfillment with the capacity to process up to 20,000 books an hour with unmatched accuracy

  • 2016

    Arc: the All-new Browser-based Retail Management Suite from MBS

    Arc is introduced

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  • 2017


    MBS Textbook Exchange is purchased by Barnes & Noble Education — finding synergies to offer solutions to all aspects of the course materials industry

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  • 2018

    MBS Direct

    MBS SimpleSource is released, revolutionizing the way stores order from MBS by combining traditional want listing and marketplace sourcing into a single step.

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