Did you know? Caliban is open seven days a week!


Late Nite Thursdays are now Sale Night Thursdays! Browse the shop every Thursday night from 5:30 to 8:30pm for revolving sales: Thursday nights in July, we’re offering 24% off storewide! Check out who else is open Thursday evenings on Craig Street here. Overall, we’re trying to expand our shop hours to meet your reading needs. We’re open seven days a week, now 11:00am to 6:00pm, plus later on Thursday nights.

Exciting announcement! The Craig Street Summer Sale will be back the weekend of August 3rd & 4th! Find sales at shops up & down the block — stay tuned to find out who will be participating besides Caliban.

It’s Christmas in July! Take 30% off Christmas books all through the month of July. Meanwhile, don’t miss our overstock sale on Film Studies & Cultural Studies! Until we whittle down our shelves, take 20% off each of these sections.

We hope you’re beating the heat! Caliban has some lovely air conditioned aisles to offer you, in addition to our frequent new arrivals and abundant book selection.

Note: We are in the process of migrating our mailing list to Get in touch with us if you’d like to receive news about goings on around the shop. (Don’t worry, we’re too busy to flood your in-box!) If you’d like to help ensure we get through your spam filters, add to your email Contacts list.

A reminder for “destination shoppers” that there is a parking lot on Zebina Way — off Filmore Street and parallel to Craig Street (behind the Irish Design Center) — that is free to Craig Street shoppers on Saturdays, and street parking is always free on Sundays.

In the interest of keeping covid (and flu etc) transmission rates to a minimum, we encourage masks for browsers inside the shop. We have masks on hand if you wish to wear one.

We’re still fielding books requests, taking remote payments, scheduling private browsing appointments, and doing curbside pickups by request. Click here to learn more about the steps we’re still taking to mitigate COVID-19 spread, including shop policies and customer safety precautions.

Thanks to a partnership with, Caliban Books offers customers a way to have new copies of the books you want to read or gift (that we might not have in stock) delivered to your door. We have Staff Picks, Read of the Week and other Book Lists to help readers discover something new and are happy to facilitate requests for specific titles. Ask us about custom lists–for reading, research, gift-giving, book clubs, or course requirements.

A portion of every sale made through our page at goes to Caliban, and we thank you for your support during these unusual times. More information about exploring Caliban on can be found here.

For anyone seeking to fill background shelves for a film, play, or photo shoot, you should know about our new Book Rental Program! Click here for more info.

We are still looking at your books in-store and making house calls—both by appointment. Please call or email us to make arrangements.

You can learn more about our buying and selling policies on the About Us page.

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Caliban Books buys and sells used and rare books for readers and collectors. We choose our books with care and avoid bestsellers, romance novels, and the like. Our prices tend to be 25% lower than online sellers, and we have a basement full of paperback fiction, mysteries, science-fiction, all priced way below retail. Learn more about our buying and selling policies on the About Us page.

Our shop also has a corner devoted to record albums and CDs; specializing in Indie Rock, Sixties Pop, Punk, Americana, Folk, Blues, and Jazz. We’ll be adding Spoken Word and some Classical to the mix, too.

Although Caliban Books no longer lists books for sale online, you can check out what’s new around the shop on our New Arrivals page.