About Us

Welcome to Caliban Book Shop! 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. In our store, you’ll find a great selection of books in all fields for readers, collectors, and the intellectually curious. We also sell a choice assortment of indie books and zines by local authors. We choose our books with care and avoid best-sellers, romance novels, and the like.

Our storefront is also home to Desolation Row, a small, independent record store specializing in Indie Rock, Sixties Pop, Punk, Americana, Folk, Blues, and Jazz owned and operated by Kristofer Collins. Desolation Row now carries a small selection of new books on music and pop culture. Don’t see what you’re looking for? We order new vinyl, CDs and books in all fields!  412-681-9111 or desolationrowcds@yahoo.com. Also check out the Desolation Row Blog –and– Facebook for updates on new releases.

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Sunday 12pm-5:30pm

*open most Thursdays until 8pm

Our shop is located in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, a brief stroll from the Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Natural History Museum, Phipps Conservatory, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Call ahead if you have questions about hours, books in stock, our purchasing policies, etc. (412) 681-9111. Need directions?


Caliban Book Shop buys and sells books, autographs, photographs, printed material, and original art.  We purchase anything from single items to entire libraries, contemporary releases as well as rare items.

Caliban Books employs a number of knowledgeable and friendly assistants who know a lot about literature, history, books and old stuff. We look forward to helping you and are happy to recommend books to read, books for gifts (birthdays, retirements, special occasions), or books to collect.

Interested in selling?  We make free house visits in an extremely wide radius around the Pittsburgh area (we’re talking thousands of hectares). We pay generously and remove promptly.  We also purchase items brought into our shop during business hours (please call ahead if you are bringing in items to ensure a buyer is present).

We are no longer doing appraisals, but would happy to give free verbal evaluations for material brought into the shop (best to call ahead), and if you need appraisals for tax, insurance or legal purposes, we can certainly refer you to qualified appraisers.


(Google Map)

From the North:

From I-79, travel south and take the 279-S Exit. Go about 4 miles and take Exit 2-A, Veteran’s Bridge (579-S), across the Allegheny River and toward beautiful downtown Pittsburgh. Exit following signs for 376E/Oakland/Monroeville and merge on to Boulevard of the Allies going east high on a bluff overlooking the Monongahela River. About 1.5 miles later, take the Forbes Avenue exit and go uphill through Oakland’s business district. In about a mile, you will see the Cathedral of Learning (University of Pittsburgh’s tallest building) on your left and the sculpture of Dippy (a diplodocus dinosaur with a long neck, near the entrance to the Natural History Museum) on your right. A block later is S. Craig St.; turn left and look for parking – we’re a few doors up on the left

From the South:

Take 79-N to Exit 59-A, 376-E. Stay on 376-E for a little over 8 miles; it will take you downhill and through the Fort Pitt Tunnel and across the Fort Pitt Bridge. At the end of the bridge, turn right to stay on 376-E and go 2 miles to Exit 72-A, the Oakland/Forbes Avenue exit. Stay on Forbes Avenue 1.6 miles, with the same landmarks as above, and turn left on S. Craig St.

From the East:

From the Pennsylvania Turnpike, take Exit 57 to 376-W and take that just over 11 miles (you’ll pass by the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh and through the Squirrel Hill Tunnel toward Oakland and Pittsburgh’s downtown) to Exit 73-B Bates St./Oakland. Take Bates St. uphill to the stoplight at Boulevard of the Allies. Turn right on Boulevard of the Allies, and left a couple blocks later on Dawson. Turn left at the end of Dawson on S. Bouquet and take that up to Forbes Avenue; turn right and go a couple blocks (passing Schenley Plaza and the Natural History Museum on your right) and turn left on S. Craig St

From the West:

If traveling on the PA Turnpike, take 76-E to Exit 28 and follow signs for 79-S and then the directions are the same as from the North (see above).

If traveling on I-70, proceed East toward Washington, PA and follow signs for 79-N and then directions are the same as from the South (see above).

Our Friends and Other Places for Local Book News:

Pittsburgh Literary Calendar

The New Yinzer

Littsburgh – Literary Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series

Carnegie Museums and Library