Seminary Cooperative Bookstores, Inc., founded in 1961, is a cooperative bookstore with three branches in Chicago. Its flagship, known colloquially as the Seminary Co-op or simply the Sem Co-op, is located at 5751 S. Woodlawn Avenue. Prior to October 2012, it was located a block away in the basement of the Chicago Theological Seminary, next to the campus of the University of Chicago, and stocked the largest selection of academic volumes in the United States throughout an extensive maze of shelves.
Seminary Co-op Bookstore, Inc., is a consumer co-operative owned by its members. You do not need to be a member to buy from the Co-Op, but over 53,000 people are currently members (shareholders).