Our Mission

Symposia Community Bookstore, Inc. is a PUBLIC BENEFIT nonprofit corporation in Hoboken NJ, organized and operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. Specifically, we operate a thrift shop consisting of books and offer our shop location to be used as a community center.
510 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ 07030.

For more information call 201 805 1739

The specific objectives and purposes of this organization are:

– to help make books and reading as inviting and accessible to as broad an audience as possible

– to offer a venue to serve as a community center and a place for educational and community activities

– to support other charities through the use of the thrift store’ space to raise funds and run programs

– to offer support for emerging local artists through exhibitions and other projects

– to develop new community projects

– to engage in other activities related to the development of the social capital of our community

Upcoming Events

Open Mic Night: Tuesday, November 8th, 7:30P.M. to 10P.M.

“In my opinion, the only way to conquer stage fright is to get up on stage and play. Every time you play another show, it gets better and better.” – Taylor Swift 
Singers, songwriters, comedians, poets and contortionists: Come one, come all… share your talent with the community. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never performed outside your shower of if you are a trained professional. This inclusive, encouraging environment is the perfect place to practice what you’ve been working on at home. Original material and covers are welcome (songs, poems, readings, comedy). Not sure you’re ready for the stage, no problem. come be part of the audience and applaud others as they take the stage. The event is open to all ages, therefore we ask that all material be clean and family-friendly. 

*Suggest donation $5/attendee to support Symposia (non-profit bookstore). 

American Mahjong Club: Wednesday, November 2nd and 16th 6:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. 

Mahjong is a game of skill, strategy and luck. If you are feeling up for a friendly challenge, please join our Mahjong Club that will meet twice a month at Symposia Bookstore. We will limit the amount of people to 12 due to space and see if we are able to fit another table in. So, if you reserve a spot, please be kind to let me know beforehand if you are unable to attend so that I can give your seat to someone else. 

*$5 fee that goes to Symposia Bookstore for the use of their venue and this entitles you to a free book from their shelves.

*BYOB event. Adults only. 

* For more information, please contact Anel Laurens on 917-488-9336 or anel@laurens.co

Hoboken Hookers and Knitters: Thursday November 10th, 6P.M. to 9 P.M. 

If you love knitting or crochet, come join us for a relaxing evening. Bring your own project or come and learn how to knit or crochet, there is always someone who is willing to show others the rope. 

*$5 donation to Symposia Bookstore for the use of their space which will entitle you to a free book from their bookshelves. 

*For more info, contact Anel at anel@laurens.co or 917-488-9336

Hoboken Book Club: Monday November 14th and 21st, 6:30P.M. to 8:30P.M. 

We host the Hoboken Book Club at Symposia Bookstore. We meet twice a month to discuss the same book at both of these meetings. Members of the book club choose which of the 2 dates suit them best to attend. We limit the number of attendees to 12 people per meeting, to make sure that everyone gets a fair chance to contribute to the discussion. Our November 2022 book is “The Lobotomist’s Wife” by Samantha Greene Woodruff.

*$5 fee payable to Symposia Bookstore for the use of their venue which entitles you to one free book from their bookshelves


*For more info, contact Anel at anel@laurens.co or 917-488-9336



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Rent Our Place

Symposia Bookstore space can be rented for workshops, community groups, artistic events or birthday parties organized through Puppetonia. The store has tables, seating for about 40 people, a large screen and amplification system available upon request. The store has been used for shootings by independent movie companies, by musicians for concerts and visual artists for exhibitions.

To inquire about holding your event at Symposia Bookstore, please call at (201) 963-0909 or send an email at info@symposia.us.

We do not provide catering, but you are welcome to bring food and drinks for your event.

Symposia hopes that everyone is staying safe and well read!  

As you may have noticed, we are very excited to start our in-person events! Come participate or visit us during our opening hours 12 pm to 5 pm 7 days a week! 

We are looking for VOLUNTEERS to shelf books and/or help customers. 

Flexible hours, great environment, free books! 

Other Ways to Help Symposia

DONATE YOUR BOOKS!  Symposia stays in business by selling donated books online. 

Donate your used shipping supplies: In an effort to stay environmentally friendly, Symposia Bookstore welcomes donations of used clean shipping materials like bubble wrap and bubble mailers/envelopes. 

BUY FROM SYMPOSIA!  Need new reading material? Peruse Symposia’s inventory with over 2,500 titles on Amazon:


MAKE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION! Our non-profit bookstore can only stay alive through the generous support of our community.  Consider supporting our mission by making a contribution today through 

Any donation will help make an impact as this is a nonprofit organization that serves as the only used-bookstore in the area and community center for locals. Thank you so much in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to our community. It is our pleasure curating the best books for our customers thanks to your donations.