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The Bookshop

 A bookshop with a mission

Since moving to the Packing House in 2007, The Claremont Forum Bookshop is 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! We also have artwork from local artists, a selection of greeting cards, stickers and journals, bags and T-shirts.

Proceeds from all sales support the Prison Library Project.

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Shop, Read, Donate, Repeat

Our store is fortunate to be located in a city that loves books! We continue to get quality fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, classics, mysteries and more each week from the community. Our books are all in excellent or new condition (they have to be to make it to our bookshelves!).

Donations come in on a daily basis and we are continually restocking so be sure to visit us often to see what’s new. Our staff and volunteers have a passion for books and can assist you in tracking down a title that you are sure to love. Brick-and-mortar bookstores bring an experience that online sellers cannot match. Browse our shelves and find the books that you weren’t necessarily looking for but are perfect for you! Our frequent shoppers also know that they often run into books that are still on the bestseller list available for a fraction of the price.

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Donate Books

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 Dictionaries and Thesaurus, Spanish/English Dictionaries, Language learning books, DIY, Business (particularly how to start your own business), Nutrition, Medical, Composition books, Self-help, Spirituality, Puzzle books, Philosophy, Science, African American history, Arcana, Spanish, Architecture, Photography

We Do Not Accept:

  • General encyclopedias

  • Magazines (except for National Geographic)

  • Books on cassette

  • VHS tapes

  • Heavily worn books

  • Books with excessive writing or highlighting

  • Books that are damp or moldy

  • Out-of-date travel and computer books (should be no more than five years old.

  • Loose books: please make sure any donation you bring in is in a cardboard box or bag

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Supporting the Prison Library Project

All book sales help support the Prison Library Project (PLP). The PLP sends books and educational material to incarcerated men and women nationwide. 

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