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 and MP3 recordings of the programs given daily at 9:15, 10:45, and 2PM as well as the CLSC (Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle) 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. 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. 




Open year-round

Winter/Spring Hours:  9am - 5pm

Chautauqua Summer Season:  7am - 9pm

We are CLOSED on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days 

We close early on Christmas Eve




As part of the Institution’s annual road improvement work, crews will begin work on Roberts Avenue and the parking lot between the Chautauqua Bookstore and the Colonnade on Monday, April 17, through the end of April. This will require intermittently closing these areas to traffic.  The Bookstore will remain open at its usual hours.


We are hiring for the 2017 summer season!
Click here to view available positions and apply


The Chautauqua Fair Trading Company, located in the Colonnade building, is closed for the winter season.




Call: 716-357-2151

Fax: 716-357-5477


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.