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

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
  • westerns
  • urban fiction
  • 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.

You may drop off your donations during business hours:

Sunday through Thursday:  12:00-7:00 PM

Friday and Saturday: 12:00-9:00 PM