About Us

Welcome to Benchmark Books. We are an independent LDS/Mormon bookstore located in Salt Lake City. Our founder, Curt Bench opened our doors in 1987 after a fourteen-year career with Deseret Book where he worked and managed several stores. Curt eventually started the rare book department at Deseret Book for several years and when they decided to close it, he started Benchmark Books. Unfortunately after nearly 40 years in the book business Curt passed away in 2021. Curt created a crossroads here for people all across the spectrum of Mormonism and encouraged readers, collectors, authors and history buffs with his knowledge and personality. Curt started a tradition of hosting authors and contributors of many books over the years that fostered many great discussions and lots of laughs. Those events are recorded and posted for all to see and will continue.

His son, Chris Bench, that has worked here for over 20 years is forging ahead with the business with the dedicated help of Bryan Buchanan, a long-time and very knowledgeable employee.

We specialize in LDS/Mormon books, new, used/out-of-print and rare. We are also interested in the documents and photographs and artifacts of Mormonism.  We  carry a small amount of Utah/Western Americana and general religion titles.  Our sale tables hold a large amount of new books of all categories–all at reduced prices.

We offer a free search service–if there is something you’re looking for, we’ll find it. We hope you'll stop and look around and if you can come and visit our store sometime.