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Chatham, New York: Librarium

Jerry Stratton, February 23, 2016

Librarium, East Chatham: The Librarium used bookstore in East Chatham, New York.; New York; bookstores

In the greatest fantasy stories, there are mysterious paths, and signs that lead the astute traveler to hidden lands. One such place is Librarium, a bookstore surrounded by the foliage outside of East Chatham, New York.

We were in the area for a friend’s wedding. I was there with my girlfriend, who also reviewed it, in a more timely manner than I.

This bookstore is why I was willing to drive onto someone’s ranch in Arizona when I saw a bookstore advertised there on Yelp. Librarium is in a house on a large plot of land just outside Chatham. We didn’t go looking for it—we were leaving the area, about to turn onto NY–295 W, when we saw the sign that said it was nearby. We pulled up into the parking area, which is just a grassy driveway near a barn.

Then we had to knock on the door, because this is also someone’s home.

It is exactly what a used bookstore ought to be: rambling but well-organized, occasionally having to duck through tight openings, and filled with old books.

I wouldn’t be surprised if it occasionally blinks in and out of existence, so you might want to call ahead first.

126 Black Bridge Road II
East Chatham, New York

May 26, 2014

The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck $1.50 mass market paperback
The Common Ground Dessert Cookbook $2.00 unknown print
The Complete Round the World Meat Cookbook Myra Waldo $3.00 unknown print
The Complete Chess Course Fred Reinfeld $3.75 hardcover

In response to The bookstores less traveled: These aren’t the bookstores people travel across the country to visit. But if you’re already traveling across the country, you’ll want to take advantage of the opportunity to visit them.

  1. <- Bay Leaf Books
  2. Ophelia’s Books ->