Vendor spotlight: Elliot’s Books / Joan Jocson-Singh, Columbia University (

A provider of rare and out-of-print books with a specialty of providing out-of-print Yale University Press titles, Elliot’s Books has been in the bookselling business since 1957. Physically located in Northford, CT, the store, which is housed in a charmingly gigantic barn, has been a treasure trove of scholarly titles, hard to find art and catalog books, and out-of-print titles which marks them as a perfect vendor for special purchases. Some of our wonderful finds include:

As of last summer, the bookstore has been open to customers strictly by appointment which makes for quite a serendipitous title-browsing experience for the interested customer. However, if you can’t make it out there for a physical trip, their online Webstore ( offers easy navigation for browsing an extensive category listinga feature to make any librarian happy.

They’re quick to reply to inquiries and quite handy at searching if an item doesn’t look to be in their online catalog, and that’s because their inventory boasts an impressive aggregate volume of 200,000 items. Being that they’ve been in the business for such a long time, it comes as no surprise to see how adept they are in this age of technology. Of course, if what you’re looking for isn’t online, simply fill out their form under the Offline Search Service page and you’re set. To add, multiple payment options are accepted and they work diligently with all types of libraries.

Although Columbia University Libraries’ business is conducted with them mostly via email, you always get the personal shopper experience with the Elliots and we can attest to a happy fulfill rate, especially when care is always taken with the wrapping and shipping of items to our library.

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