February 2, 1994
Media Contact:Gary Stephenson
Phone: (410) 955-5384
E-mail: Gstephen@welchlink.welch.jhu.edu

Over the next several months, the Medical Book Center at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions will undergo a face-lift costing more than a half-million dollars. At the same time, its inventory of medical titles will be increased to nearly 19,000 volumes from its current 3,800.

The bookstore, located on the ground floor of the 1830 Building on East Monument Street, has been leased to Matthews Medical and Scientific Books Inc., a subsidiary of Matthews Medical Books, based in St. Louis, that also operates 18 other health-sciences bookstores across the nation. It will remain open as its renovation, financed by Matthews, is carried to completion by April.

Matthews views the Hopkins partnership as an opportunity to capitalize on the Hopkins name and create "a world-class medical bookstore, its flagship enterprise," according to Richard A. Grossi, senior associate dean of finance and administration at the School of Medicine, which oversees the book center's operations.

Jean Williams, who spent two years as Matthews' territory manager in California, has been selected as the bookstore's new manager. She formerly was the medical book buyer and assistant manager of Stanford University's Medical Bookstore.

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