Our Origin Story
In the summer of 2007, a college student couldn’t make sense of textbook prices and the inefficiencies that drove them up. He thought renting textbooks might be the answer and founded our first identity, CampusBookRentals. The concept took off, becoming one of the fastest-growing companies in America and forever changing the higher-education content industry.
While we still rent textbooks, we changed our name to Sidewalk in 2013 to reflect our vision of a digital future and a passionate belief that — with the right technology — independent, autonomous college stores offer immense value to students as local retailers. We are making higher education more affordable and accessible by revolutionizing how educational materials are acquired and used by college stores, professors, and students. We’re changing the world in our own small way!