About Our Store

The Montclair Book Center has been a part of the downtown Montclair scene since late 1984. Opened by Peter Ryby as a branch of the Passaic Book Center, a now closed, but legendary book and comic book store. Beginning on a much smaller scale, MBC has grown significantly to include three levels and two buildings full of books, featuring titles that range from classic literature to popular fiction as well as collector’s items.

By combining new and used, MBC proudly carries an incredibly wide array of books. Organized and arranged by category, our 2 store front store is great for browsing. From the beginning until now, there has been continuity in MBC’s management and ownership. Our highly knowledgeable staff collectively has over 100 years of bookselling experience, and we love to give recommendations and advice. But MBC is about much more than our personal tastes.

MBC has always had its focus on the printed book, but offers much, much more. MBC also carries a fantastic selection of vinyl records and CDs in many musical genres. The recently expanded vinyl selection now includes a basement bargain section. We also carry journals, tarot cards, puzzles, and even some music related posters, t-shirts and memorabilia.

Feel free to contact us for more details including information about our future plans.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Book Trading Policy

We selectively trade used books for credit good in the store on other used books only (not new books, not music, etc.: used books only). We don't buy for cash. Please always call first on the same day you want to come in, during the week (which means not during the weekend). We are not always able to do this, so you have to call first on the same day.

Some books we love: philosophy, esoterica, and paperback fiction.

Some books we can't take: encyclopedias, magazines, textbooks, dated reference, most kids' books, and modern hardcover fiction (except for Stephen King!).

Directions to Montclair Book Center 
A map of part of Montclair, with a star representing the location of the store at the intersection of Glenridge Avenue and Bloomfield Avenue near North Fullerton Avenue.

From the North – Take the Garden State Parkway South to the Watchung Ave (exit 151). Make a right onto Watchung Avenue; travel about 1 miles west until you come to a traffic light at Grove Street (on the left hand corner is the Marlboro Inn). Make a left onto Grove Street, continuing going south, you will go over a set of railroad tracks, continue to the second traffic light after the tracks which is Glenridge Ave. Make a right onto Glenridge and we are about 3 blocks up on the right.

From the South – Take the Garden State Parkway North to the Bloomfield Ave (exit 148). You want to go west on Bloomfield, but as you can not make a left at the traffic light at the end of the ramp, continue through the light and make a U-Turn at the next intersection. At the traffic light make a right onto Bloomfield Ave. Continue going west on Bloomfield Ave. for about 2 miles you will come to a traffic light at North Willow Street, turn right onto North Willow and then the first left onto Glenridge Ave. We will be about 2 blocks on the right.

From the West – Travel east on Route 46, take the Route 3 exit, and then the first exit (Grove Street) after you have merged onto Route 3. Turn right traveling South on Grove Street about 4 miles you will go over a set of railroad tracks, continue to the second traffic light after the tracks this is Glenridge Ave. Make a right onto Glenridge and we are about 3 blocks on the right.

From Manhattan and Points East – Take the Lincoln Tunnel out of Manhattan and then take the Route 3 exit, traveling west. Continue on Route 3 until you come to the Grove Street exit. Make a left onto Grove Street traveling south. Travel South on Grove Street about 4 miles you will go over a set of railroad tracks, continue to the second traffic light after the tracks which is Glenridge Ave. Make a right onto Glenridge and we are about 3 blocks up on the right.

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