Welcome to Caliban Book Shop, Pittsburgh

We buy, sell, and appraise books, autographs, photographs, printed material, and original art. We carry everything from quality paperback fiction, poetry and philosophy, to scholarly books in many fields, to rare books dating back to the 16th Century. Read More

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Caliban Book Shop is located in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh at 410 S. Craig St., and our hours are Monday-Saturday 10am - 5:30pm ('til 8pm on most Thursdays), Sundays 12pm - 5:30pm. Call ahead if you have questions about hours, books in stock, our purchasing policies, etc. (412) 681-9111.  In our store, you'll find a great selection of reasonably priced hardbacks and paperbacks in all fields for readers, collectors, and the intellectually curious. We also sell a choice assortment of indie books and zines by local authors. Housed within the shop is the music store Desolation Row, specializing in indie, folk, jazz, Americana, and blues in a select mix of new & used LPs and CDs. Need directions?

Our warehouse is located about four miles to the east in Wilkinsburg and contains approximately 150,000 books, including everything we list online. Questions regarding items found online should be directed to (412) 242-9040 or info@calibanbooks.com. We occasionally can host visitors at the warehouse, by appointment.


November 19, 2018. Early next week, Pittsburgh will be celebrating her 260th Anniversary, and (as you can see on the carousel up above) we're acknowledging the Number One Most F**king Liveable City's birthday by advertising the first published map of Pittsburgh called Pittsburgh.  So be sure to wear your party hats on November 27. We've also acquired a wonderful library of books on the history of medicine that we'll be cataloging over the next couple weeks. Those wishing to get the doctor in the family a holiday gift need only call us for a plethora of suggestions.