The University of Tennessee VolShop

First Bookstore:

In 1892-93, a College Book Store was established and given a room in the Y.M.C.A. building.  In 1897, it was moved to East College.  Professor Charles Ferris, a former UT football player who carried significant professional duties in Engineering, urged that the store become more established.  In 1901, the UT Bookstore became incorporated, and moved to South College.  The profits from the bookstore went to help maintain the athletic program.

Present Day

For over 50 years, the VolShop (formally the UT Bookstore) has been a part of the University of Tennessee tradition, enjoying a strong and mutually beneficial relationship with the University community.  As a self-supporting, University-owned, auxiliary operation, our store management team is directly responsible to our University administration, ensuring compliance with the University's mission and continuation of specialized services for students, faculty and staff.

We firmly believe in furthering the University's commitment to educational pursuits.  This conviction forms the backbone of our operational goals as outlined in our mission, which are:

Our Vision is to serve as the vital retailer that is a dynamic resource for the University of Tennessee.

Our Mission is to serve as the source of retail services for the University of Tennessee. We provide a diverse community the resources and materials necessary to foster academic success and the university experience.

Our mission is implemented in the following ways:

  • The UT VolShop offers quality products and services at competitive prices.  We regularly benchmark against peer institutions in order to ensure that our prices remain reasonable and our services remain current.  We continually review, revise, and/or implement services and programs based on customer input, as well as internal and industry assessment.
  • The UT VolShop offers convenient locations to better serve our customers.  We currently have the following locations on campus:  The VolShop, Lobby Store, and Technology Store, all of which are in the Student Union; a VolShop located at 17th & Cumberland Avenue, and a branch store in the Art & Architecture Building.  We operate the Tennessee Official Team Shops, located in Neyland Stadium, and event trailers outside of Thompson Boling Arena. As well, we also operate the VolShop at the University Commons and the VolShop UTHSC, in the Madison building on the Memphis campus.   
We support Vol Vision 2015: Pursuit of the Top 25.  In fact, all revenue earned annually by the VolShop helps to provide financial support for scholarships, student activities, and many campus projects.   

We are here to help and serve you!  We can offer a wide variety of school supplies, text and trade books, study guides, technology, and BIG ORANGE apparel.  Our Store, Campus Stores and Tennessee Official Team Shops have practically anything and everything that Vol fans need to get into the Tennessee spirit.  We often have team worn merchandise and special collector items that simply cannot be found elsewhere.  Our focus is to continually meet the needs of our students, alumni, faculty, staff, and supporters of the University of Tennessee.  As you look through the pages of this e-commerce site, please feel free to offer suggestions or ask about anything you do not see.  The merchandise in this site is only a representation of what we have available in our store.  You can contact us via email at 
[email protected], or via telephone at 1-865-946-SHOP (7467).