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NewPages Guide to
Indie Bookstores in Wisconsin

The best list of independent Wisconsin bookstores


  • City Title Appleton
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  • Address 1 310 W College Ave.
  • Phone (920) 738-6636
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty Metaphysical/New Age
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
  • Events Readings

Unique items and gifts for the body, mind and spirit. Everything from Angels to Zen! Featuring the state's largest selection of sterling silver jewelry and gemstones from around the world. A rare find awaits with angels, crystals, books, music, tarot, candles, incense, aromatherapy, statues, mystical creatures, and Native American and Eastern artifacts. Private psychic readings. Open 7 days a week.

While continuing to provide incomparable in-store selection, Redbery Books has gone electronic! Redbery Books also hosts author events, special events, a variety of book clubs and story times, and is also a proud co-sponsor of the annual Northwoods Children's Books Conference, a conference specifically designed for librarians, media specialists, educators and writers, held every fall.

  • City Title Fish Creek
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  • Address 1 4083 Main St.
  • Phone (920) 868-1467
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty Regional
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

A carefully selected collection of 20,000 used and rare titles, focused on regional history, militaria, Americana, as well as a general inventory of literary fiction, mystery, suspense, art, nature, hunting, fishing, exploration and adventure titles. We also stock a broad selection of new books, journals and blank books, antique and reproduction maps, puzzles, and postcards. We take particular pride in presenting a well-organized stock of clean used books in excellent condition.

Since 1994, we've been Fort Atkinson's independent, locally-owned bookstore! You can also stay upstairs in our Guest House for a relaxing, classic retreat!

The premier independent bookstore in Green Bay, WI, The Reader's Loft features titles for all ages and interests, and offers both new and used books.

  • City Title Madison
  • Address 1 1421 S. Park St.
  • Phone (608) 441-1957
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy

Popular Culture bookstore since 1979.

Avol's Books are sold on a consignment basis through A Room of One's Own Bookstore, on Gorham St., and on line at Amazon, ABE, Alibris and Barnes & Noble. Book buying hours are Noon to 6pm, Mon-Sat, and by chance or appointment.

Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative is a cooperatively-owned and collectively-managed bookstore, resource center, and media outlet.

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  • Address 1 315 W. Gorham St.
  • Phone (608) 257-7888
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Feminist, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
  • Events Author Signings, Readings

Room offers a wide selection of current and classic fiction, nonfiction, periodicals, graphic novels, local interest titles, gifts, greeting cards, and t-shirts. We also have strong children's and young adult, women's studies and LGBT fiction and nonfiction sections.

Happily outfitting readers and writers for 17 years. Proudly offering a curated selection of traditional, battery-free books.
In April 2009, Boswell Book Company opened in the former location of the Downer Avenue Schwartz branch. New books, second hand books, bargain books, autographed books, greeting cards, journals, toys and gifts. And lots and lots of events.
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  • Address 1 2710 N. Murray Ave.
  • Phone (414) 963-9089
  • Type New books
  • Sidelines Café/Food, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
  • Events Author Signings, Readings
Outwords Books Gifts & Coffee is conveniently located in Milwaukee's East Side, a short drive or bus ride. Coming from Wisconsin Ave., Outwords is two blocks from both the "GreenLine" & "30-Maryland" Bus. Please phone for directions. Outwords Books offers a wide selection of LGBT-related books, videos, music cds, magazines, cards, gifts, personalized customer service plus a cozy Coffee Bar offering lights snacks plus a damned good cup of coffee!
A member owned and volunteer run bookstore and common space. We specialize in all things book.
  • Address 1 5704 W. Vliet St.
  • Phone (414) 774-7205
  • Specialty Children's
Our goals are to promote a lifetime practice of reading and writing, to provide a forum and resource center for writers/artists in our region, and to increase and diversify the audience for contemporary literature through innovative approaches to multi-arts programming. Woodland Pattern is the only Milwaukee, Wisconsin arts organization presenting contemporary literature to the general public on a continuous basis.
  • City Title Montello
  • Address 1 147 E. Montello St.
  • Phone (608) 297-2200
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest
Located in a grand historic church built in 1875, there is plenty of space to leisurely browse through the wide array of books for all ages and interests. Open in summer from 10-5 and Sundays from 10-4 with free on-street parking, it is an ideal destination for book lovers. Readers’ Realm is a full-service bookstore offering special orders, gift certificates, and a volume discount program. There is a unique selection of gift items and the store offers free gift wrapping with your purchase.
An independently-owned community-based bookstore serving the Oconomowoc, Lake Country, and Waukesha area since 1983.
  • City Title Oconto
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  • Address 1 302 Collins Ave.
  • Phone (920) 834-3220
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Mystery, Regional
  • Sidelines Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Toys/Games
BayShore Books LLC is Oconto County's Independent Bookstore. Whether you are looking for new or used, we offer a wide variety of adult and children's titles, along with puzzles, toys, gifts, and journals. Can't find what you are looking for? Let us special order that new or out of print book for you.
  • City Title Plymouth
  • Address 1 216 E. Mill St.
  • Phone 920) 892-6657
  • Type New books
Book Heads offers a wide variety of new books, greeting cards, and specialty gifts for every age and interest. There's one on the shelf for you!
General independent bookshore, fine yarn shop, gallery of local art & jewelry, and provider of games, puzzles, educational toys, and magazines.
  • City Title Spring Green
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  • Address 1 102 E. Jefferson St.
  • Phone (608) 588-7638
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea, Greeting Cards/Postcards
The independent bookstore you'll wish was in every town, and the independent-minded cafe you'll be glad to find inside.
New, used, rare, & antiquarian books. We buy, sell, and trade. Custom book searches.
  • City Title Washburn
  • Address 1 2 E. Bayfield St.
  • Phone (715) 373-2899
  • Type Used books
Open Seasonally Memorial Day - Columbus Day, Fair Isle Books is an independent book and fair trade gift shop with handpicked new books & global gifts. The shop features island and Door Co. authors as well as bestsellers in fiction & nonfiction, adult, & children's literature.
Memories of the Manhattan neighborhood brought to little Watertown, Wisconsin in the form of a book store and coffee house. Espresso, tea, smoothies, Italian sodas, wine/beer, salads, wraps, books, jewelry, gifts, and locally owned and operated. Internet available.
This children’s bookstore, located in The Book Cellar next to Little Fat Gretchen's, has games, puzzles, toys, and great books!
Since 1919, Janke Book Store has been in the heartbeat of Downtown Wausau. Janke continues to be the place for books, magazines, stationery, greeting cards, art supplies, great children's department, and the lower level of bargain books!
  • City Title Wauwatosa
  • Address 1 7603 W. State St.
  • Phone (414) 774-2665

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