50 Unique Independent Bookstores You Need to Visit in Every US State
Across the US, independent bookstores are having a comeback. Often combining bookselling with a cafe or bar, these stores will usually stock rare presses and obscure publishers, alongside classics and bestsellers. The below are no exception, but also have that little something extra which makes them stand out from the rest.
Potentially the only
bookshop in the world with an inventory composed entirely of signed copies. It’s a great place to pick up a special gift, as almost every book is sold at publishers’ regular retail price.
2626 19th Pl S, Homewood, AL 35209, USA, +1 205-870-4242
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Alaska Bookstore The Homer Bookstore
The longest running bookstore in Alaska,
stocks books, stationery and has an in-house espresso bar. Make sure you take the time to relax on the porch next to the timber reading-man.
Arizona Bookstore, Shop Changing Hands Bookstore, Camelback Road | Courtesy of First Draft Book Bar Changing Hands Bookstore and First Draft Book Bar
A huge long-standing
, coffee shop, and bar all in one. Pair your chosen title with their great selection of beers.
California Bookstore, Store, Museum The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles | Courtesy of The Last Bookstore The Last Bookstore
offering books, records, and local art.
Mutiny Information Cafe
An impossibly cool secondhand
bookshop selling fiction, art books, records, and comics. Stay a while to try the local coffee beans and play on the vintage pinball machines.
2 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209, USA, +1 303-778-7579
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Delaware Store, Bookstore Rainbow Records, Newark | Courtesy of Rainbow Records Rainbow Records Great selection
of books, as well as new and used vinyl. The in-store soundtrack is also excellent.
Possibly the most charming
bookstore around. Cozy and with a beautifully curated collection, they also have a second location, so you have no excuse not to visit! Courtesy of Avid Bookshop Idaho Bookstore Bookstore at night | Courtesy of BookPeople of Moscow BookPeople of Moscow This bookstore is the oldest in Idaho and has been in continuous operation on Moscow’s main street for almost 45 years. Illinois Bookstore Women & Children First, Clark Street | Courtesy of Women and Children First Women & Children First All-around bookstore
with a brilliant selection of feminist and LBGTQ titles, as well as a great children’s section.
Indiana Bookstore, Brewery Books and Brews, Uptown Drive | Courtesy of Books & Brews Iowa Bookstore, Shop, University Prairie Lights, Iowa City | Courtesy of Prairie Lights Prairie Lights
Gem of a
with an upstairs coffee shop. It regularly hosts readings from both new and established writers.
Kansas Bookstore Book-A-Holic Inc, Oliver Street | Courtesy of Book-A-Holic Bookstore Book-A-Holic Bookstore
With three locations in Wichita,
is a favorite for bargains.
Kentucky Store Wild Fig Books & Coffee, Lexington | Courtesy of Wild Fig Books & Coffee Wild Fig Books & Coffee
with the perfect laid-back atmosphere and delicious food.
Maine Bookstore Blue Hill Books, Maine | Courtesy of Blue Hill Books Blue Hill Books
Housed on two levels in a beautiful historic building,
has a great selection of recent releases.
Maryland Bookstore Atomic Books, Baltimore | Courtesy of Atomic Books Atomic Books
The ultimate, quirky book, comic store, and bar. John Waters loves it so much he even gets his
fan mail sent here
John K. King Used & Rare Books
A fantastic place to get lost in,
four storeys of books dating back to over a hundred years ago.
901 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA, +1 313-961-0622
Courtesy of John K. King Used and Rare Books
Magers & Quinn Booksellers
The go-to spot for Minneapolis readers, featuring everything from newest releases to rare collectible finds. Deceptively small from the outside,
this extensive collection will keep you busy for hours.
3038 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408, USA, +1 612-822-4611
Courtesy of Magers and Quinn, photo credit Annie Metcalf
Mississippi Bookstore Square Books, Oxford | Courtesy of Square Books Square Books
A beautifully curated
full of unique southern charm. The balcony is great for relaxing with a purchase.
Missouri Store, University Subterranean Books, Street Louis | Courtesy of Subterranean Books Subterranean Books
Located in center of St Louis,
stocks new and specialist books. They also regularly host book signings, and also art exhibitions in their gallery.
Montana Bookstore, Store Shakespeare & Co, Missoula | Courtesy of Shakespeare and Co. Shakespeare & Co.
A small and cheerful
with an impressive inventory, including a range of gifts perfect for book-lovers.
Nebraska Bookstore A Novel Idea Bookstore, Lincoln | Courtesy of A Novel Idea Bookstore A Novel Idea Bookstore
with a knowledgeable owner and two friendly live-in cats.
Nevada Bookstore, Store The Writer's Block, Fremont Street | Courtesy of The Writer's Block, Photo Credit Krystal Ramirez The Writer’s Block
A fantastically funky
carrying a great variety of trinkets. The back of the store even has a small workshop to write and print beginner-books.
New Hampshire Bookstore RiverRun Bookstore, Portsmouth | Courtesy of RiverRun Bookstore RiverRun Bookstore
A quaint small town
in downtown Portsmouth. They host frequent events and writing workshops.
New Jersey Bookstore Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, NJ | © Watchung Booksellers Watchung Booksellers
which favors quality over quantity, ideal for finding books you’ve never heard of.
New York Bookstore, Library McNally Jackson Independent Booksellers and Cafe, Prince Street | Courtesy of McNally Jackson McNally Jackson
full of personality and with one of the best-designed bookshop cafes around.
North Carolina Bookstore Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, North Carolina | Courtesy of Malaprop's Bookstore and Cafe Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe Located
in the heart of downtown Asheville and well-known for their ‘blind date’ concept which allows you to buy a staff favorite, secretly wrapped in brown paper.
North Dakota Store, Bookstore Zandbroz Variety, Fargo | Courtesy of Zandbroz Variety Zandbroz Variety
A wonderfully unique book, gifts, stationery, and accessories
store. Ohio Bookstore Learned Owl Book Shop, Hudson | Courtesy of The Learned Owl The Learned Owl
shop on three levels, with a great range of educational books and gifts. Oklahoma Bookstore Full Circle Bookstore, Oklahoma | Courtesy of Full Circle Books Full Circle Bookstore
is the stuff book-lovers dreams are made of, with countless nooks and corners to be discovered.
Oregon Bookstore, Park, Store Powell's City of Books, Burnside Street | Courtesy of Powell's Books Powell’s Books
As the world’s largest independent bookstore, and with numerous locations throughout Oregon,
should be on the bucket list of all book fanatics.
Rhode Island Bookstore Symposium Books, Providence | Courtesy of Symposium Books Symposium Books
in downtown Providence with a great selection of art books and vinyl.
South Carolina Bookstore The Storybook Shoppe, Bluffton | Courtesy of The Storybook Shoppe The Storybook Shoppe
is entirely devoted to children’s literature, with every book being hand-selected by the owner. There are frequent storytelling events, with a regular story hour on Monday mornings.
South Dakota Bookstore Mitzi's Books, South Dakota | Courtesy of Mitzi's Books Mitzi’s Books
with a famous central staircase and lots of corners to discover.
Tennessee Store, Bookstore Reading Rock Books, Dickson | © Joseph Norton/Courtesy of The Reading Rock Reading Rock Books
Small and sweet
in Dickson with books for children and adults, journals and an excellent selection of tote bags.
Texas Bookstore, Shop, Store BookPeople, Lamar Boulevard | Courtesy of BookPeople BookPeople
Everything you could ask for in a neighborhood
– great coffeeshop, interesting events, cozy sitting spots and excellent gift ideas.
Utah Bookstore, Store The Book Garden, Bountiful | Courtesy of The Book Garden The Book Garden
for finding both rare treasures and well-read paperbacks. You can even bring your old books to trade for store credit.
Vermont Bookstore Phoenix Books Rutland | Courtesy of Phoenix Books Essex and Burlington Phoenix Books
focused on supporting the Vermont community economy, with locations in Essex, Burlington, Rutland and Misty Valley.
Virginia Bookstore Chop Suey Books, Richmond | Courtesy of Chop Suey Books Chop Suey Books
Named after the neighborhood restaurant whose building they inherited,
specialize in used and new books, with numerous feminist and political titles.
Washington Store, Bookstore Book 'N' Brush, Chehalis | Courtesy of Book 'N' Brush Book ‘N’ Brush
Established in 1969, this timeless
is a well-loved piece of local history. As well as books they sell art supplies, gifts, handmade local jewelry and greeting cards.
West Virginia Art Gallery, Bookstore, Shop Taylor Books, Charleston | Courtesy of Taylor Books Taylor Books
with an excellent selection of regional West Virginia and Appalachian works. They also have an adjoining art gallery, a coffee shop, bar, and lounge.
Wisconsin Store, Bookstore Mystery To Me, Madison | Courtesy of Mystery to Me Mystery To Me
to visit with kids; a great young readers section and friendly staff always on hand with advice.
Night Heron Books & Coffeehouse
environment for browsing or working, the coffeehouse has great coffee, pastries, and vegetarian food.
107 E Ivinson St, Laramie, WY 82070, USA, +1 307-742-9028
Courtesy of Night Heron Books and Coffeehouse
And not forgetting…
Washington D.C. Bookstore Politics and Prose, Connecticut Avenue | Courtesy of Politics and Prose Politics and Prose
The coolest place to pick up a book or have a good discussion, with four