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Shaker Mill Books

The Bookloft

and feel free to be in touch via phone, email, or by stopping in and browsing in person!

Hard-to-find, out-of-print books and Berkshire regional histories

If you are looking for old, historical books or out-of-print books on the Berkshires, the Pioneer Valley, Western Massachusetts, New England or New York State, you’ve come to the right place.

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We also stock a complete line of local and regional historical books on Berkshire towns, including Stockbridge, West Stockbridge and Lenox, Sheffield, Great Barrington, Monterey and Otis, MA, The Hudson Valley, the Catskills and the Adirondacks.

Staff Picks

The booksellers at The Bookloft read a lot and love passing along their comments about particular books to our customers. Many customers find that one individual bookseller’s choice of reading has a particular appeal for them. If you are visiting the Berkshires please drop by the store and take a look. You can’t miss our Staff Pick selections. If you can’t make it to the store, just check them out right here.

Thank you for visiting our online store. Remember, whether you are looking for hard-to-find books, out-of-print books, old books, historic books or just good books, ours is the literary source you can trust.

Berkshire Links

Coming to the Berkshires? Check out some of our favorite Berkshire attractions and friends.

Berkshire Books
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Shaker Mill Books
3 Depot St
West Stockbridge, MA 01266
The Bookloft
Barrington Plaza (Route 7)
332 Stockbridge Rd
Great Barrington, MA 01230

A Literary Source You Can Trust is the online sales department of The Bookloft, an independent bookstore serving the Berkshires since 1974.

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Located in Great Barrington, MA we’re just down the street from The Red Lion Inn (we stock their cookbook), The Norman Rockwell Museum (we have a large selection of books on his art), Canyon Ranch and the Kripalu Center (we have their cookbooks, too!)

Books on Berkshire Cultural Events

Attending a Berkshire cultural event? Pick up a book about your favorite venue, play or composer before you visit:

  • Tanglewood
  • Jacob’s Pillow
  • Shakespeare & Company
  • Berkshire Theatre Festival
  • Williamstown Theatre Festival
  • Barrington Stage Company

Hiking, Biking, Canoeing, Kayaking Guides to The Berkshires

We stock a complete line Appalachian Mountain Club trail guides for all your favorite outdoor activities:


  • Mount Greylock
  • Bash-Bish Falls
  • Monument Mountain
  • Audubon Society Sanctuaries
  • Appalachian Trail


  • Kennedy Park
  • Beartown State Forest
  • October Mountain
  • Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

Canoeing, Kayaking:

  • Housantonic River
  • Hoosic River
  • Stockbridge Bowl
  • Connecticut River

Maps of the Region

Moving to the Berkshires? Then you’ll need a street map of Berkshire County and Western Massachusetts. We also carry USGS topographic maps of all Berkshire geographic areas.









Famous Berkshire Authors

The Berkshires have been home to many famous authors:

Edith Wharton lived here, in the early 1900s, at The Mount, in Lenox, MA

Herman Melville wrote Moby Dick, at Arrowhead, in Pittsfield, MA

Famous civil rights leader and author W. E. B. DuBois was born in Great Barrington, MA

Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote A Wonder Book during his stay in Lenox, MA

Many well-known authors make their home in the Berkshires, including:

Popular historian Simon Winchester (Professor and the Mad Man, Krakatoa)

Renowned children’s authors Jan Brett and Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House Series)

Food authority Ruth Reichl (editor of Gourmet Magazine)

Humorist Roy Blount, Jr.,

Journalist John Hockenberry

Illustrator Michael McCurdy

And more!

Check out our Local Authors section for the many writers who call the Berkshires home.

Hal Borland – Our Literary Hero

Beloved outdoor writer Hal Borland, who wrote his “outdoor editorials” for the Sunday New York Times from 1941 until 1978, lived on a 100 acre farm in northwestern Connecticut for decades – just a short drive from The Bookloft. We have one of the worlds most complete collections of out-of-print editions of Mr. Borland’s classic work.









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