In the heyday of the 1980s and 1990s Ithaca was known for having more bookstores per capita than any town of its size. That bookstore environment has changed, but since 1975 The Bookery has remained strong. The Bookery started out in the historic Dewitt Building in downtown Ithaca as a small used bookstore in a space across the hall from its current location — the space actually used to be the safe for DeWitt High School, and the door was still the original bank vault type with a combination lock.
I was a Cornell graduate student who dropped out to join protests against the Vietnam War. I helped to start The Glad Day Press, where I edited and published Dateline Ithaca, a weekly newspaper, and became involved in Ithaca community development and education programs. In 1975 I founded The Bookery for used and antiquarian books, and in 1985 we expanded to The Bookery II for new books. During that time the journalistic bug bit again; I edited and published The Bookpress Literary Journal for twelve years. In 2005 I closed Bookery II, but am so pleased that it has been reborn as the Buffalo Street Books cooperative.
The Bookery has 17,000 books on location and online, updated daily by my three knowledgeable co-workers, Gabriela Cestero, Mandy Goldman, and Gina Nutt. The store is unique in that it holds a higher percentage of scholarly and rare books than most other used bookstores. I attribute the depth and breadth of the store to local ties and my long and happy residency in Ithaca.
I am always interested in buying books, from individual volumes to entire collections and libraries. Our books reflect both the academic and cultural elements of our community. We feature books in many genres and disciplines, including philosophy, literary theory, art, architecture, sciences, fiction and poetry, as well as rare books about New York, local history, and foreign language.
Welcome to The Bookery website, and we look forward to seeing you in the store!
Dewitt Mall downtown Ithaca, New York
Phone: (607) 273-5055 ext. 3
Fax: (607) 275-9221
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