About Us

We are a locally owned, fiercely independent bookstore and café selling a wide range of new and used books and vinyl, as well as organic coffee drinks. 

Founded in 2003, Inquiring Minds has been a cornerstone of the Saugerties community. We strive to create a welcoming and accessible space for people of all ages, genders, class, and demographics.

We are fully wheelchair accessible and pet friendly, offering indoor and outdoor seating for anyone to read, write, chat, enjoy a beverage, or just to relax and reflect. We believe in the power of the written word to incite positive change in ourselves and each other, and to that purpose, strive to offer affordable pricing, discounts and freebies.

Inquiring Minds holds that acceptance, equality, and growth begin with questions and an outlet to explore answers. We seek not only to provide our community with books that satisfy, satiate, and stimulate our minds, but a safe space for everyone to be their authentic selves.


Donation/ Store Credit Rules


If it is more than one shopping bag or box you must call ahead of time to schedule a time to bring your books in.


The owner (Brian) or the manager (Hannah) must be present at time of dropoff unless otherwise agreed upon.


If you wouldn’t buy it or give it to a friend in its current condition, please do not donate it to us. Thank You.



Books in poor condition (spine falling apart, pages ripped or warped)

Water damaged books

Moldy books


Law books

Condensed books (such as reader’s digest)

Time life books

Mass market paperbacks (smaller, less durable paperback books with a thick paper or paperboard cover)

Self Help books older than 5 years




Books in good condition

Books of all genres

Vinyl Records in good condition

If you are interested in donating/selling Vinyl or CD’s please contact Brian directly: [email protected]