Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle

Founded in 1878, the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle is Chautauqua's first arts organization and one of the oldest continuous book discussion groups in the United States.

Chautauqua Bookstore is proud to support the CLSC, and offers current members a 20% discount on all CLSC and current CLSC Young Reader books sold at the Chautauqua Bookstore and CLSC Octagon for the year, as well a 10% discount on all other titles.

During the CHQ summer season (June 22-August 25 2019) CLSC Memberships are only available to purchase at the CLSC Octagon, a historic CLSC facility located next to Pioneer Hall at the corner of Cookman and Wythe (near the Hall of Philosophy and Alumni Hall).

During season, we ask that members present their membership cards upon checkout in order to receive their discounts.  This policy helps us reduce checkout lines during our busiest months.

For more information on the CLSC, visit their webpage, or contact the CLSC Octagon staff at or 716-357-6293.

To browse or purchase recent CLSC selections, click here.

CLSC Octagon Summer Hours:

Mon-Fri 10-4
Closed Saturday
Sunday 2-5

sketch of clsc octagon building


Frequently Asked Question: How/where do I buy a CLSC Lifetime Membership?

This is a common confusion.  The CLSC does not offer life memberships; Life Memberships are only available for the Alumni Association of the CLSC (formerly The Society of the Hall in the Grove).  The Alumni Association, founded in 1882, is a separate organization with its own rich history and mission -- click here to visit their website

Please note that Alumni Association memberships do not come with Bookstore discounts.  The discount we offer reflects our involvement with and support for the yearly program presented by the CLSC.  Alumni Association members may continue to be yearly CLSC members if they choose.