The Eclectic Reader

The Eclectic Reader

Inside the Eclectic Reader on Drake and Shields

The Eclectic Reader is an independently-owned bookstore filled with used, out-of-print, and rare books.


1119 Unit C-20 W. Drake
Corner of Shields and Drake – Cimarron Plaza
Fort Collins, CO  80521

Hours: Monday-Saturday from 10am-6pm
Phone: 970-223-4019



An ever-expanding collection of over 15,000 books which includes an eclectic variety of non-fiction subjects, modern fiction and literature, with a dash of entertainment reading.  Contains one of the best selections of natural history and probably the best horticulture section of any bookstore in town.  Also carries:

  • 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

What sets them apart:

Hosts conversation cafés every second Thursday of each month at 7:15 p.m. See Literary Fort Collins’ calendar of events.

Also see more info.

Interesting information:

The Eclectic Reader accepts donations of used books for the Fort Collins Cat Rescue, the local no-kill cat rescue. The bookstore performs all cleaning, pricing, and inventory work and displays them for sale. When the books sell, 50 percent of the proceeds are then donated to the cat rescue.