Bookstores in Maryland

A guide to the best independent
Maryland bookstores


Cricket Book Shop - Ashton MDCricket Book Shop

17800 New Hampshire Ave.
Phone: (301) 774-4242
Type:New books
Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
Specialty: General Interest, Children's

One finds the Cricket Book Shop housed in a charming building tucked away in the quiet village of Ashton since 1969. To those who have religiously returned over the years, it signifies going back to the days when shopping was an enjoyable and civilized experience. At the Cricket you will find knowledgeable and helpful sales staff anxious to offer assistance if needed. Or you may find, as have many customers, that just browsing undisturbed for an hour or two can offer as much enjoyment. So perhaps a short drive to the Cricket will restore your spirits, and you too will count yourself as a member of the ever growing family of satisfied customers. We hope to see you soon.


Atomic Books - Baltimore MDAtomic Books

3616-3620 Falls Rd.
Phone: (410) 662-4444
Type: Primarily new books with used books
Sidelines: Artwork, Curiosities, Magazines/Newspapers 
Specialty: General Interest, Alternative/Political, Art, Literary, Indie small press, literary comics
Events: Author Signings, Readings
Find us: Facebook // Twitter // Blog

Located in Baltimore for over 20 years, Atomic Books has been the center of alternative and pop culture, specializing in small press, DIY publications, literary and underground comics and books, graphic arts and ephemera.

The Book Escape - 805 Light St. - (410) 504-1902 - New, Used, Rare books

Breathe Books - Baltimore MDBreathe Books

810 W. 36th St.
Phone: (410) 235-7323
Type: Primarily new books with used books
Specialty: Metaphysical/New Age
Sidelines: Cafe/Food, Coffee/Tea, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

breathe bookstore cafe is designed to encourage conversation and exploration –- an inward as well as an outward journey. Browse the books, gifts and music, meet like-minded people in a class, author event or a workshop, or sit in silence in one of our weekly meditation sessions. We just want you to feel at home, or even better than at home! Feel at ease and always welcome in our oasis of calm. Our cafe specializes in vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, raw and Ayurvedic foods. We also have coffee, tea, fresh juice and free Wi-Fi!

The Children's Bookstore - 737 Deepdene Rd. - (410) 532-2000 - Children's books

The Ivy Bookshop - Baltimore MDThe Ivy Bookshop

6080 Falls Rd.
Phone: (410) 377-2966
Type: New books
Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards
Specialty: General Interest, Art, Children's, Literary, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Events: Author Signings, Readings
Find us: Facebook // Twitter

The Ivy Bookshop is Baltimore's independent literary bookstore, carrying a broad range of titles with an emphasis on literary fiction (including the best in mystery and speculative fiction), current affairs, history, biography, art, poetry and children’s books. Our booksellers are knowledgeable and friendly, ready to recommend based on your personal preferences. We are locally owned and have a deep interest in promoting the community and its organizations. 

Normal's Books & Records - Baltimore MDNormal's Books & Records

425 E. 31st St.
Phone: (410) 243-6888
Type: Used books
Specialty: General Interest, Literary, Philosophy
Sidelines: Artwork, Curiosities, Magazines/Newspapers
Events: Readings, Live Music
Find us: Blog

Normal’s is an organic farm of cultural livestock. We serve a diverse community books, records and CDs, so you might find a copy of Jim Thompson’s Savage Night as well as a CD by The Jelly Roll Kings. We are located in the proximity of 3 universities and have a broad scholarly stock of books, including a huge philosophy section and a very fine Greek and Roman literature section. But within this solid base spanning the history of thought you will find pockets of sweet subversion and alternate universes.

Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse - 30 W. North St. - (410) 230-0450 - Alternative


Turn the Page Bookstore Café - 18 N. Main St. - (301) 432-4588 - Specialty: Mystery/Sci Fi/Civil War



112 S. Cross St.
Phone: (410) 778-4167
Type: Primarily used books with new books
Specialty: General Interest, Art, Children's, Literary, Regional
Sidelines: Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
Events: Author Signings, Readings, Poetry Festival, Chestertown Book Festival
Find us: Facebook

BOOKPLATE is a traditional general stock used bookstore offering a wide range of books in a broad array of categories. We emphasize the local history of the Chesapeake Bay region with a strong focus of books relating to the history and literature of Maryland's Eastern Shore as well as its colonial and revolutionary heritage.


Inklings - Clarksburg MDInklings

1896 Urbana Pike
Phone: (301) 810-5173
Type: Primarily used books with new books

Books by Inklings is a small local bookstore specializing in hard-to-find backstock, the early works of now-popular authors, and other scarcities. We have an extensive fiction selection (divided by genre, of course) and a wide variety of nonfiction. In addition, we also stock a limited number of new books, usually from only those authors that people read to death: Terry Pratchett, George R. R. Martin, Stephen King, JRR Tolkien et cetera.

Novel Places - 23330 Frederick Rd. - (301) 972-3060


The Book Center - 15 N. Centre St. - (301) 722-2284


Shallow Creek Bookstore Cafe - 7216 N. Point Rd. - (410) 477-2665 - Primarily Used books


Edgewater Books - 951 Central Ave. - (410) 988-2103


Curious Iguana - 12 N. Market St. - (301) 695-2500


Main Street Books - 2 E. Main St. - (301) 689-5605

Hunt Valley

Greetings & Readings - Hunt Valley NYGreetings & Readings of Hunt Valley

118-AA Shawan Rd.
Phone: (410) 771-3022
Type: New books
Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Regional
Sidelines: Artwork, Cafe/Food, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
Events: Author Signings, Story Time
Find us: Facebook // Twitter

Located in the beautiful Hunt Valley Towne Centre, Greetings & Readings of Hunt Valley is Baltimore's premier independent gift store with bestselling books, local authors, greeting cards and countless gift ideas from Vera Bradley and Brighton to Baltimore Ravens gear, Baltimore Orioles apparel, Godiva, Swarovski, Melissa & Doug and so much more. Greetings & Readings provides a café with Wi-Fi service, great coffee and desserts.


Busboys and Poets - 5331 Baltimore Ave. - (301) 779-2787


Second Story Books - 12160 Parklawn Dr. - (301) 770-0477 - Used books


A Likely Story - 7566 Main St. - (410) 795-1718


Ukazoo Books - 730 Dulaney Valley Rd. - (410) 832-2665 - Used & New books

West Ocean City

Children's Book Garden - 11809 Ocean Gateway - (410) 213-9500 - Children's books

White Plains

Booknuts Bookstore - 4469 Crain Hwy. - (301) 836-6236 - Used books



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