The Chautauqua Bookstore serves the community and mission 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.
Alongside our books, we also carry a wide selection of Chautauqua-themed clothing and souvenirs. There are sweatshirts, t-shirts, mugs, stationery, pens and pencils, magnets, stickers, etc. sporting the Chautauqua logo. A variety of Chautauqua images and landmarks can be found on our collection of greeting cards, note cards, and postcards.
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, as well as an assortment of locally produced and international Fair Trade items.