Hidden Gems Literary Emporium is the only family-owned, non-profit, community bookstore in New Brunswick, NJ. HGLE was founded by former Rutgers' students, Kaila and Raymond Sykes, and their 1 year old son, Truth Imanu'el.


​As Rutgers scholars, community builders, & literary advocates, we are dedicated to making literature accessible, and affordable, with the motivation to cultivate knowledge, wisdom and truth in New Jersey and beyond.

Hidden Gems Literary Emporium is a donation-based bookstore that gives our thousands of free books every month, culminating with an annual #1000FreeBookTour across the country.

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