Bookstores in Ohio

A guide to the best independent
Ohio bookstores


Athens Book Center - Athens OHAthens Book Center

74 E State St.
Phone: (740) 592-4865
Type: Primarily new books with used books
Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary, Metaphysical/New Age, Regional
Sidelines: Cafe/Food, Coffee/Tea, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
Events: Author Signings, Readings
Find us: Facebook

We have a unique selection of new & used books of all kinds, including a "castle" full of wonderful children's books. We also have Melissa and Doug toys, games, puzzles, maps, calendars, puppets, journals and much more. Experience this island of calm in the heart of Athens, with a comfortable sitting area to relax with a cappuccino or Smoothie. Free parking.


Snowball Bookshop - Barberton OHSnowball Bookshop

564 W. Tuscarawas Ave. #102
Phone: (330) 745-9292
Type: Primarily used books with new books
Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Cookbooks, Romance, History, Religion

A charming 3,000+ square foot used bookstore in a historic building in beautiful Downtown Barberton, OH. A general bookstore with over 80,000 volumes of very good condition use hardcover and paperback books (great selection of romance and mystery) in all categories. Store hours are M, Tu, Wed 10-6, Th & Fri 10-7, Sat 10.

Chagrin Falls

Fireside Book Shop - 29 N. Franklin St. - (440) 247-4050 - New & Used books


Blue Manatee Children's Bookstore - 3054 Madison Rd., Oakley Square - (513) 731-2665 - Children's books

The Booksellers on Fountain Square - 505 Vine St. - (513) 258-2038

The Bookshelf - Cincinnati OHThe Bookshelf

7754 Camargo Rd.
Phone: (513) 271-9140
Type: New books
Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Educational, Literary, Mystery
Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Game
Events: Author Signings

One of Cincinnati's oldest independent retail bookstores! The Bookshelf, true to its founders' vision, is a friendly, neighborhood conclave where customers are greeted by name and always receive a wonderful recommendation for a good book.

Joseph-Beth Booksellers - 2692 Madison Rd. - (513) 396-8960


Guide to Kulchur Bookstore - 1386 W. 65th St. (216) 644-0095

Visible Voices Books - Cleaveland OHVisible Voices Books

1023 Kenilworth
Phone: (216) 961-0084
Type: New & used books
Specialty: General Interest, Alternative/Political, Children's, Literary, Regional
Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Gifts, Curiosities, Art, Coffee/Tea
Find us: Facebook

A bookstore with that lost independent feel -- a relaxed, inviting environment conducive to discovery, where quality takes precedence over quantity, where the books marginalized by commercial concerns have a home. We also sell wine and a few selected beers and offer music every friday and saturday on our Garden Courtyard.

Cleveland Heights

Appletree Books - 12419 Cedar Rd. - (216) 791-2665

Mac's Backs-Books - 1820 Coventry Rd. - (216) 321-2665 - New & Used books


Acorn Bookshop - 464 W. 5th Ave. - (614) 486-1860 - Used, Rare, Antiquarian books

The Book Loft - 631 S. Third St. - (614) 464-1774

Cover to Cover Bookstore - 3560 N. High St. - (614) 263-1624 - Children's books

Karen Wickliff Books - Columbus OHKaren Wickliff Books

3527 N. High St.
Phone: (614) 263-2903
Type: Used books
Specialty: Children's, Literary, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Poetry, History
Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
Find us: Facebook

Karen Wickliff Books located in Columbus, Ohio, is the oldest and largest used book store in Columbus with recent, out of print, scholarly and collectible books. Regular open HOURS are 11:30 - 5:30 Monday through Saturday. 614-263-2903. Other times are by chance. We have been in the book business for over 35 years and are located at 3527 N. HIGH ST. about three miles north of Ohio State University. Fiction; Ancient, Classical, Medieval and Modern History, Science, Nature, Religion, Children’s, Art, Poetry, Drama, Folklore, Linguistics, Philosophy, Travel and Military are our main sections with hundreds of titles available in each. We have a Second Store, BOOKHAVEN, in Springfield, Ohio.

Grand Rapids

Library House Books & Art - 24164 Front St. - (419) 830-3080 - Specialty: History/Art/Poetry


Readers' Garden Book Store - 143 E. Broadway - (740) 587-7744 - New & Used books


Learned Owl Book Shop - Hudson OHLearned Owl Book Shop

204 N. Main St.
Phone: (330) 653-2252 or (800) 968-2685
Type: New books
Specialty: General Interest, Children's
Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
Find Us: Facebook | Twitter

The Learnéd Owl is an independent community bookstore offering three floors of books for all ages and interests. If we don't have a certain book in stock, we can usually order it; we also offer an out-of-print search service. We have partnered with Kobo to provide our customers with access to over three million downloadable eBooks. Stop by to browse and enjoy our old-fashioned atmosphere, up-to-the-minute book selection, and unparalleled service!


Main Street Books - Mansfield OHMain Street Books

104 N. Main St.
Phone: (419) 522-2665
Type: Primarily new books with used books
Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary, Regional
Sidelines: Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
Events:  Author Signings, Readings, Storytimes, Open Mics, Book Club, Music
Find us: Facebook // Twitter

Main Street Books has been an independent, locally-owned bookstore in Mansfield for over 16 years. We are known for our strong collection of local authors and local interest books as well as for the active role we play in the community with readings, author events, open mics, book club, writing group, and more. We proudly carry books that our big box bookstore overlooks, like those of new authors and small presses.

Mount Vernon

Paragraphs Bookstore - 229 S. Main St. - (740) 392-9290


MindFair Books

13 W. College St.
Phone: (440) 774-6463
Type: Primarily used books with new books
Specialty: General Interest, Alternative/Political, Art, Children's, Literary
Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
Events: Author Signings, Readings
Find us: Facebook // Twitter

MindFair Books, with an amazingly broad mix of new and used books, serves academic and general interest readers and collectors alike, with a full range of services and a knowledgeable staff. Have a question about a specific book or can’t find what you are looking for? We would be happy to help you locate the books, whether in stock or to be ordered.

Shaker Heights

Loganberry Books - 13015 Larchmere Rd. - (216) 795-9800 - New, Used, Rare books



1549 Commerce Rd.
Phone: (937) 322-9021
Type: Used books
Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Religion, History, Technical, Crafts, Out of Print

Bookhaven is a general used book store with an outstanding selection of desirable current and out of print hardback and paperback books in many subject areas. Some of our more popular areas are Fiction with best sellers, classics, historical romance, mysteries, thrillers, horror, westerns and science fiction; Young Adult and Children's; Religion and Bibles; Cookbooks; Technical; Military; U.S. and World History; Nature; Sports; Fine Arts; Crafts and Gardening. We are located on the west side about a mile east of Route 68 between Routes 40 and 41 off Bechtle. Hours are 10:30-4:30, Monday through Saturday.


People Called Women - 6060 Renaissance Pl., Ste. F - (419) 469-8983 - Specialty: Feminist, Women


Jay & Mary's Book Center - 1201-C Experiment Farm Rd. - (937) 335-1167 or (800) 842-1604


Books 'N' More - Wilmington OHBooks 'N' More

28 W. Main St.
Phone: (937) 383-7323 or (866) 483-7323
Specialty: General Interest, Children's
Sidelines: Artwork, Cafe/Food, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
Events: Author Signings, Readings
Find us: Facebook // Twitter

The Epicenter of Excitement! Books 'N' More, an independently owned bookstore, opened its doors in 1996. Centrally located in downtown Wilmington, OH, the store offers its customers a cozy, casual atmosphere in which to browse and purchase books. The "More" to this bookstore includes Jen's Deli, Bonnie Baldwin's Buttercup Gifts, A Thousand Villages (a service project of the Wilmington Friends Meeting which sells handmade items from villages around the world), and art classes and framing by Artist Debbie Hook. A great place to shop!!


Wooster Book Company

205 W. Liberty St.
Phone: (330) 262-1688
Type: New books
Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary, Regional
Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
Events: Author Signings, Readings

The Wooster Book Company is a 7200 square foot bookstore, now one of the largest independent bookstores in Ohio. It is owned and managed by individuals who are proud of their enterprise, their community, and pleased to be respected members of the book industry. We take pride in our ability to select and display the most compelling and interesting books in a great variety of subjects. We also take special pride in being knowledgeable and informed about books. Our mission, for over two decades, is to provide fulfillment to book lovers—both readers and writers.



Blue Jacket Books - Xenia OHBlue Jacket Books

30 S. Detroit St.
Phone: (937) 376-3522
Type: Primarily used books with new books
Specialty: General Interest, Alternative/Political, Art, Feminist, Metaphysical/New Age, Mystery, Regional
Sidelines: Cafe/Food
Events: Author Signings, Readings, Live Music
Find us: Facebook

Blue Jacket Books offers a carefully selected inventory of used and out-of-print books in many fields, including the arts and sciences, poetry and prose, social sciences and humanities. We carry rare, antiquarian, and collectible items, as well as books for pleasure reading and research. Most of our inventory is used, but we have a selection of new titles of local and special interest, as well as a line of inexpensive editions of classic literature and Dover children's activity and coloring books. We regularly purchase libraries, estates, and personal book collections, as well as individual books of value.   

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