The Eclectic Reader

Located in the Cimarron Plaza at the corner of Drake and Shields in Fort Collins.  We are on the west side of the plaza between Vine’s Vintage (more browsing) and Gryphon Games and Comics and The Purple Cup Cafe (stop in for coffee and treats).  1119 W. Drake, C-18.
The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 12 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monty-cat is usually in from Tuesday to Friday.

"What's Your Favorite Book?" (Dewey)

News Flash: We’re Moving!!!
Well, not very far. We will be moving the south side of our bookstore to the north side. Yes, it will be a bit more crowded than it is now. New bookcases are being built that will be seven feet tall and extend down the center of the north side to add space. A wall will be constructed between the retail units.

What this means:
First: All books will be on sale throughout the rest of March and April. 10% off rare books, 15% off all other stock.

Second: We would love to have your help with the moving process. If you have any time off and would like to volunteer to help – especially on week-ends – we would welcome your support. Just contact us at 970-223-4019 to add your name to our list.

Third: Many of our small bookcases will be for sale. $10 to $50. We can reserve one for you now.

The move is planned to take place over the next month. We must be totally out of this side by the end of April.



What kind of books do we carry?

IMG_1582Our ever-expanding collection of over 17,000 books includes an eclectic variety of non-fiction subjects, modern fiction and literature, with a dash of entertainment reading.  We have one of the best selections of natural history and probably the best horticulture section of any bookstore in town.  We also carry:

  • Children’s books
  • Religion/spirituality/philosophy
  • Science/math
  • Western history
  • World history
  • Psychology and self-help
  • Art/music/theatre/film
  • Metaphysics
  • Folklore and mythology
  • Outdoors and mountaineering
  • Cookbooks
  • Automotive/aviation/trains/nautical
  • Biography and memoir
  • Pets and horses
  • Agriculture and sustainable living
  • Health/nutrition/fitness
  • Sports
  • Crafts/hobbies/games
  • Construction/architecture
  • Humor
  • Travel and foreign lands
  • Foreign language
  • Language- reference, literary criticism
  • Business

Where did we get our Name?

As a child I remember my grandmother (born 1882) reciting passages she had memorized from The McGuffey’s Eclectic Readers, school textbooks first published in 1836, selling 120 million copies between then and 1960, and continuing to sell 30,000 copies a year today.

The McGuffey’s Eclectic Readers contained carefully selected material for all grade levels to be used in the one room schoolhouses of the past.

An “eclectic reader” today is a person who reads a variety of things, and this describes me perfectly – I am likely to be reading anything: a juvenile picture book, Harry Potter, John Adams by David McCullough, Stiff – the Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach, modern fiction, Emerson’s Essays, Loren Eiseley, or The Children’s Blizzard (of 1888) by David Laskin.

The Eclectic Reader bookstore is dedicated to the freethinkers and independent readers of the world who love to browse until their next book finds them.

What is our Mission?

Besides our main goal of connecting people with the books they need/want in their lives to help them on their individual paths, it is our hope that we have created a learning environment where community events will promote connection with each other and the place we call home.

What about Sustainability?

This green business combines many ecological and community- building principles, from recycling to being an advocate for reading, writing and meaningful conversation.  We support local authors and poets and offer many free community events.

Only local people have been hired to create the unique, individualistic style of the bookstore  carpenters, craftspeople  writers and poets, lecturers, photographers, artists, musicians.  We invest in the community in which we live and do business.  The store is located in my own neighborhood.

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A cat with charisma.

A cat with charisma.