Claremont Bookstore, Gallery & More

A Bookstore with a Mission

The Claremont Forum Bookshop & Gallery collects gently used books and sells them to raise money for the Prison Library Project. We send hundreds of books every week (over 16,000 a year) to inmates across the country. Since moving to the Packing House in 2006, The Claremont Forum Bookshop & Gallery has been an eclectic Claremont bookstore that is fun, well-stocked, and lovingly maintained. Whether you’re a student, a collector searching for a unique vintage find or a rabid bibliophile, you’ll find something great to read at a low price! Books start at just $1! Thousands of titles for just $3 and $5.

We also have quarterly $1 book sales storewide – keep an eye out for our next sale on our Events page.

Bookshop & Gallery Hours

Sunday – Thursday • 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Friday – Saturday • 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Bookshop Events

Children’s Book Drive

We would like to increase our collection of children’s books for sale and welcome more families to visit the bookshop. So, during the month of May, we are asking folks to donate 10 used children’s books and we will give them one new children’s book free.

Free Titles are:

  • Marshmallow –  by Clare Turlay Newberry
  • The Day the Crayons Quit – by Drew Daywalt  (Author), Oliver Jeffers  (Illustrator)
  • They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel

Children’s Story Time

For the month of May, one of our volunteer staff will offer “Reading Corner” for 30 minutes. Thursdays and Fridays, 4:15-4:45.

Dollar Sale

June 13 – 15, 2019
All books just $1.

We Need Used Books

Drop off used books in good condition any time we’re open.

Our project depends on donated books to survive. We always need quality used books and as a 501(c)(3) your donation is tax deductible. We will gladly accept donations of new or used books from individuals, publishers, and booksellers.

What We Need:

paperback fiction and nonfiction books in good condition, recent bestsellers, children’s books, westerns, puzzle books, journals (without writing)

We Do Not Accept:

  • multiple copies of the same book should be limited to 10. Talk to our bookshop manager if you have a larger donation of the same title.
  • books that are damp or moldy
  • general encyclopedias (World Book, Britannica, etc.)
  • textbooks
  • magazines
  • VHS tapes
  • cassette tapes, books on cassette
  • computer software, computer games
  • books that are loose: please make sure any donation you bring in is in a cardboard box or bag.