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


Beginning June 24th:

Chautauqua Summer Season Hours:  7am - 9pm

Winter Hours: 9am-5pm

We are CLOSED on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days 

We close early on Christmas Eve



Extended Hours:
Our full summer hours, 7am-9pm, begin June 24th.  This week, our hours will be extended from our typical spring hours as follows:
Monday & Tuesday, June 19-20: 8am-5pm
Wednesday & Thursday, June 21-22: 8am-7pm
Friday June 23: 8am-9pm


The Chautauqua Fair Trading Company, located in the Colonnade building, is now open for the season!
10am-5pm Daily
10am-6pm Fridays

   Recently Announced:

 The 2017 Chautauqua Prize Winner


The 2017 CLSC Young Readers Selections





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.