The Rhode Island Book Company is 100% better than the union bookstore. The books are cheaper, the employees are more personable and always willing to find exactly what you need, their merchandise is a lot more interesting and useful, and…
Alternative to the URI Bookstore.
I've generally found their books and supplies to be cheaper than the URI Bookstore. They also have a more modern selection of non-class books. Go there before the masses come back as it gets really crazy.
This store is mostly student run, as it sells college textbooks. However, this is problematic as the students tend to socialize more often then they should, and this leads to a difficult and slow purchasing environment.