COLUMBUS (WCMH)–The university community and Campus Partners have plans to develop the area around the old Long’s Book Store on High Street. The bookstore was a significant part of the university community, but will soon fall under the wrecking ball.
For nearly 100 years, generations of OSU students bought books from Long’s. The developer said it is just a matter of getting construction equipment here before this building is demolished.
Historian Doreen Uhas-Sauer knew the Long family and is one of the last to tour the inside of the store at 15th and High.
“Long’s was so iconic it didn’t even use an address, it just said it was at the gateway of the university,” said Uhas-Sauer, a neighbor who is on the University Area Commission.
The book store was a natural part of OSU life.
“It is going to be very bitter sweet when Long’s goes. Because there are generations who will remember it in its heyday. That is where you went and got your books, it was like everything in the world, it was like a universe to itself,” Uhas-Sauer said.
Most present-day students pass by the old store with hardly a glance. But Uhas -Sauer said its past is significant.
“Long’s was by the 1940s the largest and richest book store in the world,” said Uhas-Sauer.
The neon sign on the front of the Barnes and Noble’s Book Store was brought there from the Long’s Book Store on 15th and High. Ironically, the 11th Ave. and High Street is the site of the first Long’s Book Store in 1902. The Long family moved the store to 15th Ave. in 1909.
The Long family sold the book store to Campus Partners in 2000 and Barnes and Noble took over the store and name in 2005.