Big news: Caliban is now open seven days a week, 12-5:30pm!

NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED! For the safety of all, we are welcoming (no more than) six mask-wearing book lovers inside the shop at a time. If there’s a wait at the door, we hope you’ll enjoy our sidewalk shelves.

Weekday browsing appointments are still available for those who want to ensure a time slot, as well as private browsing appointments for those with health needs. Learn more and request an appointment online to reserve your time slot.

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

Thanks to a new partnership with, Caliban Books now 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 curated 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, holiday gift-giving, or course requirements.

Proceeds from every purchase made through our page at go back to supporting Caliban and other independent brick-and-mortar bookshops fighting the good fight against Amazon. More information about exploring Caliban on can be found here.

*** We are still BUYING 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.