About Us

People’s Books Cooperative is a fully member-owned, democratically-controlled and volunteer-powered bookstore, operating as a cooperative in Milwaukee, WI, since 2007.

The mission of People’s Books Cooperative is to provide books that stimulate the intellect and spirit in a way that supports the community in building a just and sustainable society. The Cooperative will serve as an example for other cooperatives and be governed in an open and democratic manner. People’s Books Cooperative was incorporated and operates according to the Wisconsin Cooperative Association Act.


People’s Books Cooperative carries thousands of books (over 18,000 + titles!), new and used, on a wide variety of topics, from Anarchism to Zen Buddhism, and all things in between.  We pride ourselves on a selection you will never find in a large corporate chain.   People’s can also special order books for groups or individuals, often at a discount. We  also buy and sell new and used class texts for many UW-Milwaukee classes. Students receive a 10% discount on all class texts.

Contact Us

People’s Books Cooperative 804 E. Center St. Milwaukee, WI 53212 Phone: 414-962-0575 Hours of operation: Monday           10:00 am – 6:00 pm Tuesday         10:00 am – 8:00 pm Wednesday   10:00 am – 6:00 pm Thursday        10:00 am – 8:00 pm Friday              10:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday         10:00 am – 6:00 pm Sunday           12:00 pm – …

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The Story

Our History…Chris Chiu and People’s Books The story of People’s Books began in 1974, when an ambitious man named Chris Chiu founded the store with a typewriter, a few book catalogs, and loans from his closest friends. Chris ran the store by himself for thirty-three years, occasionally moving, until finally settling in at the current …

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Legal Information

2014-2015 Board of Directors: Chris Green Marisola Xhelili Seth Schuster Laura Kendellen Katie Jesse Rebeccas Nole Cami Thomas PBC Bylaws, as adopted 4.27.14

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Boycott of Israel People’s Books Co-op has voted to join the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement against Israel, instituting a consumer, cultural and academic boycott of the Israeli state due to significant human rights concerns involved with Israel’s policies against the Palestinian community. The Co-op did this in accordance with the People’s Books Co-op (PBC) …

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