Bookstores in Iowa

A guide to the best Independent
Iowa bookstores


Iowa State University Book Store - ISU Memorial Union - (515) 294-5684 - General books


The Book Worm - 110 S Riverview - (563) 872-4802


The Book Shoppe - Boone IAThe Book Shoppe, Inc.

817 Story St.
Phone: (515) 432-2556
Type: New & used books
Specialty: General Interest
Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards
Find us: Facebook

We have 40,000+ books in stock between our new and used sections, most are available for browsing in a clean and well-organized setting. We offer much more than just our books in stock, including book accessories, journals, calendars & planners (seasonally), Leanin’ Tree and 99¢ greeting cards, gift certificates and a book search service for those hard to find titles. Looking for something not in stock? We will be happy to order it for you, whether it is books, movies or music! The Book Shoppe also hosts events for fellow book lovers with local Iowan authors and writers.


Burlington By the Book - 301 Jefferson - (319) 753-9981

Cedar Falls

University Book & Supply - 1009 West 23rd St. - (319) 266-7581 - General books

Cedar Rapids

New Bo Books - 1105 Third St. SE - (319) 247-2665


The Book Vine - 204 W. Main St. - (712) 225-2445


Source Book Store - Davenport IASource Book Store

232 W. 3rd St.
Phone: (563) 324-8941
Type: Used books
Specialty: General Interest

We are the oldest and largest used book store in Iowa. Family owned since 1939. Besides HARDBACK and PAPERBACK books on all subjects, we have 1000's of old magazines, record albums, DVD movies, and CDs. Our hours are 9:30 to 5:30 Monday thru Friday, and 9:30 to 5 on Saturdays.


Dragonfly Books - Decorah IADragonfly Books

112 W. Water St.
Phone: (563) 382-4275
Type: New books
Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Regional
Events: Author Signings, Readings
Find us: Facebook

Dragonfly Books is an independent bookstore nestled in the heart of scenic northeast Iowa. Dragonfly Books is your one-stop shopping place for books of all kinds. Whether you enjoy mysteries, history, fiction, or looking for cookbooks and children's books, you will find it at Dragonfly Books. We special order books in for you at a nominal fee if out-of-print, or at no additional costs if in-print. Check our website for current information about our Author Events.

Once Upon A Time Book Shop

602 W. Water St.
Phone: (563) 382-8103
Type: New & used books
Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Regional

A Book is a Gift you can open again and again and again! A bookshop for children, parents, grandparents and fun loving people. Shop has a Secret Garden where stories are shared, Puzzles, puppets, books, doll clothes and games are available. Stop by and enjoy.

Des Moines

Beaverdale Books - 2629 Beaver Ave. Ste. 1 - (515) 279-5400


River Lights Bookstore - 1098 Main St. - (563) 556-4391

Fort Madison

The Bookmark - 802 Ave. G - (319) 372-1100


Grinnell College Bookstore - 1210 Park St. - (641) 269-3424 - General books

Pioneer Bookshop - 823 4th Ave. - (641) 236-1696 - Specialty: Regional

Iowa City

The Book Shop - 608 S. Dubuque St. - (319) 327-8222 - New & Used books

The Haunted Bookshop - 203 N. Linn St. - (319) 337-2996 - Used, Rare, Antiquarian books

Iowa Book & Supply - 8 S. Clinton St. - (319) 337-4188 - General books

Prairie Lights Bookstore - 15 S. Dubuque St. - (319) 337-2681 or (800) 295-BOOK

Wild Rose Books - Main Entrance Lobby, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics - (319) 384-5151 - General books


The Next Chapter - Knoxville IAThe Next Chapter

202 E. Robinson St.
Phone: (641) 828-7323
Type: New & used books
Specialty: General Interest
Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards, Gifts, Toys/Games, Coffee/Tea
Find us: Facebook | Twitter

We are an independent book and gift boutique on the beautiful square of a small Iowa town. We work hard to offer outstanding customer service with a great selection of the hottest new books and some unique treasures, as well as ladies accessories, gifts for all ages, greeting cards, and home and garden decor.


Paper Moon Books - 206 A St. - (563) 873-3357


The Calico Cat Bookshop - 100 W. Center St. - Used books


Mattingly Music & Book - 113 W. 2nd St. N - (641) 792-3250 - Specialty: Children's / Regional


Book Vault - 105 S. Market St. - (641) 676-1777


TEXT ADDICT - 331 E. Main St. - (641) 226-3414 - Specialty: Magazines

Sioux City

The Book People - Sioux City IAThe Book People

2923 Hamilton Blvd.
Phone: (712) 258-1471
Type: New books
Specialty: General Interest, Children's
Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards, Gifts, Toys/Games
Find us: Facebook

We are Siouxland's little but lovable bookstore and gift shop with friendly, happy staff ready to assist you!  We are especially proud of our children's section that features not just books, but toys, games, stuffed animals, and baby gift items. Proudly independent since 1977!


Sheri's Book Treasures - 208 1st St. - (712) 884-2233 - Used books

Spirit Lake

Hill Avenue Book Co. - 1711 Hill Ave. - (712) 336-5672



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