Ithaca's cooperatively-owned independent bookstore since 2011
215 N Cayuga Street Dewitt Mall · Ithaca, NY · 607-273-8246
Indie bookstores like Buffalo Street Books do important work in our communities, but unfair competition from the Amazon monopoly and razor thin margins make it nearly impossible to earn a profit while paying our employees fairly. From the beginning of our cooperative bookstore, we’ve known we need extra support from our community to curate the store, put on events, and bring alive the literary arts. Please make a gift today to support our operations and our continuing commitment to pay our employees the Tompkins County living wage.
Buffalo Street Books is a cooperative, which means our mission is about offering books and literary events to inspire and empower our community, rather than making a profit. It also means that you can own a part of this bookstore! Ownership gives you a voice in how the bookstore is run, and the purchase price of an owner share becomes capital for running the store.
Click here to visit our Owner page & explore ways to become an owner.
In our community Buffalo Street Books:
You can support our efforts in the community by making a donation to our Community Books Fund. Your donation will go towards providing books and literary experiences to children and underserved parts of the community.
You can also support us by contributing to our Ownership Fund. Your donation will help others in the community become owners of the bookstore.