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623 Cookman Ave. Asbury Park, NJ 07712


About the Co-op


An independent, community-run bookstore that serves as a literary hub and community space in the vibrant and diverse shore town of Asbury Park, New Jersey.


Asbury Book Cooperative (ABC) is an outgrowth of words!, which was a staple of downtown Asbury Park since 2008. words! became a center for local youth and community arts events including workshops, book clubs, readings, signings, parties, & story times for kids. We are excited to see this little-bookstore-that-could evolve into a cooperative, a place that is sustained by and for the Asbury community.


There are several ways to become a member of ABC. Each member pay an annual fee or volunteers hours for membership, which grants certain benefits, discounts, and voting rights. Each member gets one vote at the annual meeting, no matter their level of membership. The board of directors will be a decision-making body with rotating roles in which they serve for two-year terms. Members of the bookstore will nominate and vote on the board of directors at the annual meeting. The board will be comprised of co-op members who will help ensure the success of the bookstore through promotion of and commitment to the co-op. We are excited to join the growing number of bookstores transitioning to cooperatives across the country. We aim to complete the transition by early May of 2020.


Want to be part of the cooperative?  It’s a choose-your-membership adventure!  We have created a variety of levels so everyone can find one that works for them. You learn more about membership types and benefits and can purchase your membership on the "Get Involved" page.

We’re also looking for donors who will make an even bigger commitment and financially underwrite our transition costs, which we estimate at about $100,000. They are our "hometown hero" donors. Some of the categories that our angel donors can contribute to are:

  • Rent
  • Employee Salaries
  • Store improvements for events and books
  • Increased Inventory
  • Website

If you are an angel donor, of you know an angel donor who is interested in keeping this precious community resource thriving, please reach out to us at You can also make a one time, or recurring donation on our "Get Involved" page.

Do you have experience with cooperatives, social media, event planning? Would you like to volunteer for shifts in the store, events, fundraising, etc? What skills do you have that could contribute to the co-op?  Please reach out to We'd love to hear from you!