Chautauqua Bookstore

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Welcome to the Chautauqua Bookstore



The Chautauqua Bookstore serves the mission and community of the Chautauqua Institution.


Located on Bestor Plaza, the Bookstore is open all year round and carries a variety of merchandise similar to the mix one will find in a college campus bookstore.   Certainly you will find books, with an emphasis on titles about the Institution's history and community, books written by speakers featured in the Institution's current lecture platforms, and titles from both current and previous seasons’ CLSC selections.  There is also a good selection of books by local authors, current New York Times Bestsellers, and a strong assortment of titles in the subjects Chautauquans most typically focus on: literary fiction, science, religion, history, and the arts.


If you enjoy the lectures given during the summer, we can provide you with CD recordings of the programs given daily at 9:15, 10:45, and 2PM as well as the CLSC and Contemporary Issues Forum talks.


Typical of a campus store, we carry a wide selection of Chautauqua themed clothing and souvenirs.  There are sweatshirts, tee shirts, mugs, stationery, pens and pencils, magnets, stickers, etc. all sporting the Chautauqua logo and brand.  The variety of greeting cards, note cards, and postcards featuring Chautauqua images is excellent. 


We also pride ourselves on having a unique blend of gifts and greeting cards, many of them related to Chautauqua's four pillars of education, religion, the arts, and recreation.  This includes an outstanding selection of creativity and educational toys for children. 


Sleigh Rides

Sleigh rides through Chautauqua Institution run every Saturday and Sunday, 1-3 pm, through Sunday, Feb. 26.

The rides begin at the Chautauqua Bookstore on Bestor Plaza and average around 30 minutes.

Adult tickets are $4; tickets for children under twelve are $3. They can be purchased in the Bookstore starting at 12:30 the day of the rides.

There may be cancellations due to poor weather - especially extreme cold, heavy rain, or very icy conditions on the streets.  If there is a lack of snow, rides will still take place (albeit on wheels).


See you there!

Sleigh Rides


HOURS                                                                   CONTACT INFORMATION

Open year round                                                                                                                        Call 716-357-2151

During the nine week Chautauqua Season =  7am – 9pm                                               Fax 716-357-5477

The rest of the year =  9am – 5pm                                                                                  E-mail:

CLOSED on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days 

We close early on Christmas Eve

The Chautauqua Fair Trading Company, located in the Colonnade building, is closed for the Winter season.
But don't worry -- a selection of Fair Trade merchandise has been moved to the Bookstore and is still available for sale -- come check it out!


                                                                    Contact the general manager by calling 716-357-6464 or e-mail


Chautauqua Bookstore
67 Bestor Plaza
Chautauqua, N.Y. 14722 / 716-357-2151 / F: 716-357-5477

P.O. Box 28
One Ames Ave.
Chautauqua, N.Y. 14722
Institution website

Chautauqua Institution is a non-profit organization, dependent upon your gifts to fulfill its mission. Gate tickets and other revenue cover only a portion of the cost of your Chautauqua experience. A community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state, Chautauqua Institution comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. Visit our website for more information.