Bookstore News

10 Reasons You’ll Love a Summer Job at Chautauqua Bookstore


  1. We’re a hop, skip, and a jump (almost literally) from a beautiful lakeside park – the lunch break location of your dreams.
  2. Employees get a free CHQ gate pass – so you can attend world-class lectures & performances all summer long.
  3. Booksignings!  At the height of the summer season, we can have 3-4 signings per day.
  4. Flexible hours.  During the summer, we’re open 14 hours a day, 7 days a week – which gives more opportunities to find a schedule that works for you.
  5. The bibliosmia!  The Bookstore might be 100+ years old, but nothing beats that new-book smell.
  6. Your bookshelves are calling – shhhh – there’s an employee discount.
  7. Our association with the Chautauqua lecture platform and programs gives the opportunity to discover great books on interesting subjects (and occasionally meet the authors).
  8. Two words: Candy Bucket.
  9. Your fellow employees. (Trust me; we’re pretty great.)
  10. We appreciate you!  With our full gamut of book and non-book departments, we welcome diverse skill sets, interests, and experience in our staff.

[Edit: our seasonal positions are just about full.  Feel free to check in.]

We hire a number of seasonal employees to help with our busy summer season, with positions geared towards customer service, accounting, and stockroom operations.

Several positions run spring through fall, while the majority are based around our 9-week summer Season.  All positions include a free gate pass to Chautauqua Institution and its general programming.

We welcome your interest and expertise.

Chautauqua Bookstore employees c. 1930.


June 14th is GIVE BIG CHQ

Chautauqua Institution joins more than 60 local nonprofit organizations in the region's first 24-hour online fundraising event, GIVE BIG CHQ. Sponsored by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, #GiveBigCHQ celebrates the spirit of giving, and participating nonprofits have the opportunity to leverage the generosity of its supporters with $15,000 being offered in cash prizes throughout a 24-hour window.

[Edit: Thank you everyone for your support.  Chautauqua Institution raised 139% of its goal to to support its partnership with local schools and educators to offer free arts experiences for students throughout the year.  Check out the links below for more information on the results of the event for all participating organizations.]

More information on GiveBigCHQ

Donate to GiveBigCHQ [and see donation results]


The CHQ Season is almost here, and the Bookstore is expanding its hours

Monday, June 18th: 8am-7pm
Tuesday, June 19th: 8am-7pm
Wednesday, June 20th: 8am-8pm
Thursday, June 21st: 8am-9pm
Friday, June 22nd: 7am-9pm

The Bookstore's Full Season Hours of 7am-9pm will continue until the close of the CHQ Season in August.


Last Chance for Sleigh Rides -- February 24th and 25th

No time to horse around!

This is the final weekend that sleigh rides through Chautauqua will be offered by the Stateline Draft Horse Club.

The rides through the grounds will take place Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. 

Tickets are available for puchase at the Bookstore ($5/adults and $3/children) on the days the rides take place (no reservations). 

If there is not enough snow for sleigh runners, the rides will still take place on wheels.  For the safety of the horses, the rides are weather/temperature permitting.

Oh What Fun!

Sleigh Rides at Chautauqua will be offered by Stateline Draft Horse Club on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of February from 1-3pm.

Tickets are available at the Bookstore ($5/adults and $3/children) on the days the rides take place. 

If there is not enough snow for sleigh runners, the rides will still take place on wheels.  For the safety of the horses, the rides are weather/temperature permitting.

Stateline Draft Horse Club offers sleigh rides at Chautauqua

Open for Limited Service during Inventory

Due to our annual inventory, the Bookstore will sell only coffee and newspapers, by cash or pre-payment, from Tuesday Jan 2nd to Thursday the 4th, and will open late on Friday after the post-inventory audit is completed.  The rest of our store's offerings will not be available for purchase or browsing. 

(Feel free to keep ordering online, however!)

Thank you for your understanding.

'Tis the Season!

Create and share Chautauqua Bookstore Holiday Wishlists with any friends or family who may be stumped for gift ideas!


  • Sign into your account
  • Click the "Add to Wishlist" button on any items you're hankering after
  • Click "Email Your Wishlist" at the bottom of your Wishlist
  • Enter the recipients email addresses & personalize your message

As always, thank you for supporting the Chautauqua Bookstore!

The Chautauqua Bookstore Celebrates the Winter Village at CHQ

As part of the Winter Village at CHQ, the Bookstore will have extended weekend hours November 24th through December 30th.  The holiday hours will be as follows:

M-Th: 9am-5pm
F: 9am-8pm
Sa & Su: 9am-6pm

Come take care of your holiday shopping with our selection of books, toys & games, greeting cards, and assorted gift items.  And don't be shy about browsing for a good read for your next cozy night-in!  Gift wrapping will be available for any purchases.

Shuttle service will be offered from the South Lot to Bestor Plaza during Winter Village hours ( 4–8 p.m. Fridays, 11–6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays).  There are no fees for entry, parking, or shuttles.

Carriage & Sleigh Ride tickets will be sold at the Bookstore on the days the rides take place.  Numbers are limited.  For the safety of the horses, the rides are weather permitting.