5 Great Bookshops in Indianapolis

Indy Reads Books mural
Indy Reads Books mural
Photo of Sarah Russek
6 October 2016

Indiana’s capital city is famous for its sporting events, such as the Grand Prix and the largest half-marathon in the US. But aside from sports, the city has also one of the highest literacy rates in the Midwest. Here’s a look at some of its best bookshops.

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Indy Reads Books

Indy Reads Books also advocates for their community by promoting literacy in the adults of Indianapolis. They support local literacy programs that aim to enhance the people they are close to – geographically and emotionally. As well as being able to sponsor a bookshelf, donate used books to their sales, and volunteer at their programs for the community, they also have helpful staff and a great book selection that makes your purchase benefit those around them.

911 Massachusetts Avenue Indianapolis, IN, +1 317 384 1496

Photo courtesy of Bookmamas

Photo courtesy of Bookmamas


Bookmamas has campaigned for local businesses, receiving attetention – and for good reason. The well-stocked new-and-used bookstore gives their patrons the facts about sticking to the local scene when it comes to shopping, and specifically at their store. Their website details the economic, environmental and community benefits to the way of shopping they believe in. Find your new favorite book and feel good about it too at Bookmamas of Indianapolis.

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Porter Books and Bread

On a rainy day, many would say the perfect way to spend it is curled up with a warm drink, a snack, and a good book. Porter Books and Bread is the perfect place to do such a thing. With a locally sourced menu, guests can snack on biscotti, bread, sandwiches and salads whilst paging through one of the hundreds of books found inside. Stick around in the two-storey café for an entire afternoon or stop by to trade in your old reads for a new one.

5719 Lawton Loop E Dr, Indianapolis, IN, +1 317 388 5046

Courtesy of Downtown Comics

Courtesy of Downtown Comics

Downtown Comics

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Downtown Comics
Downtown Comics | Courtesy of the Hero House
For your own child or your inner child, there’s Downtown Comics. If reading long chapters isn’t your style, you can grab your favorite superhero stories at the largest comic store in the midwest. Inside, they also have t-shirts, board games, figurines, posters and much much more for fans of the comics. Visitors can also sign up for a membership to keep the fun going all year.

The Hero House

Another great place to find a favorite classic or modern comic is The Hero House in Indianapolis. You can find all genres here ranging from your everyday superhero to local artist pieces. If you feel like getting creative yourself, they also have a selection of art supplies for sale as well as comic figurines and merchandise to keep your inspiration going.

1112 Prospect St. Indianapolis, IN, +1 317 636 7990

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