The Early Years
In 1990, Rob and Michelle bought a small business from an advertisement in the newspaper – Lamont Books. The business only had three employees - all sales representatives who travelled around to schools selling new release books.
Back then, the business was small enough to be run from Rob and Michelle's garage at home.
Between raising their four kids, they started building the business by focusing on providing schools with great customer service and the best books available.
As the number of schools that Lamont serviced grew, it was clear that schools needed to be able to order titles that specifically met their needs – things their students were interested in, replacement or additional copies of popular books or things that their teachers wanted to teach and so our library ordering service began. Michelle took on the challenge of providing schools with the best ordering around with one aim – get schools the books that they want as fast as possible. Over time, our ordering service has grown and we now receive hundreds of school orders every week.
In the mid 1990’s, Lamont expanded into supplying textbooks to a select number of Victorian secondary schools. All this growth meant more staff and more space and the business became far too big for the garage!
So Lamont moved to a warehouse in Hallam and, after outgrowing the first warehouse, moved again in 2011 to the larger warehouse that it operates from now.
As the premises grew so did the business – we are now the official textbook or stationery supplier to many schools in Victoria and employ around 30 - 40 staff during peak periods.
Lamont Standing Order started operations in 2008 and now distributes thousands of the best quality new release titles to schools all around Australia, and Lamont Book Fairs started in 2013 to sell the best quality books to children and raise money for their school at the same time!
Despite all these changes, the business that exists today remains a product of its beginnings - a commitment to the best quality books, the best customer service and an overriding family culture.
We hope to continue supplying great books to our wonderful customers for many years to come.