About the Book Cellar

Operated by The Friends of Webster Library (FoWL). The Book Cellar at the Webster Branch is a used bookstore like no other in Manhattan. Managed and staffed entirely by volunteers, The Book Cellar affords bibliophiles the opportunity to purchase used books at incredible prices while at the same time supporting the branch library system of the New York Public Library (NYPL).

All books are donated, and all net proceeds go directly to the branch libraries. Over the past number of years, The Book Cellar has contributed $100,000 annually to NYPL.

We get new books constantly so it makes sense to drop in regularly. If you are interested in donating to the store, please call ahead to confirm what materials we accept. You may drop off donations any day Webster branch library is open.  As FoWL is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, upon request you will receive a tax receipt for your  donations.

Shopping at The Book Cellar is a pleasure. Not only are the prices great, but all the books are carefully arranged in categories including: art and design; biography; business; classics and literature; current affairs and politics; general fiction; fantasy; math; mysteries and thrillers; nature and pets; romance; science; science fiction; self-help; and travel. There is a large children's section, and a varied selection of DVDs, CDs, and even a few VHS tapes.

First editions, signed books, and leather bound volumes are available at significantly discounted prices.

The Book Cellar – a place where you can feed your book addiction and do good for the community at the same time!

Book Shop Hours

Tuesday and Wednesday 12-5pm
Thursday 2-6:30pm
Saturday 11am-4pm

We are located downstairs.


Email is the preferred method of contact.

thebookcellar - at - earthlink - dot - net

Webster Library
1465 York Ave (78th St.)
NY NY 10021

+1 (212) 288-5049

(Ask to be connected to The Book Cellar
when you call)