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NewPages Guide to
Indie Bookstores in Connecticut

The best list of independent Connecticut bookstores


Since 1948, Whitlock's Book Barn has offered quality used and rare books in all price ranges (25 cents to $500+) and areas of interest. The Lower Barn offers thousands of better books for scholars, collectors, and readers, as well as all of our CT/New Haven/Yale material, children's books, ephemera, postcards, and LP records. In the Upper Barn, 20,000+ paperbacks and hardcovers in a range of subjects are all under $5.00, and a second floor contains old prints and thousands of nineteenth-century town maps (viewable by appointment). Please come and browse!

  • City Title Bethel
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  • Address 1 178 Greenwood Ave.
  • Phone (203) 730-2973
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Magazines/Newspapers

Byrd's Books is your local independent bookstore. We carry only new titles with a specialty in Connecticut authors, illustrators, poets, and publishers. We host regular events, including author talks, writing workshops, and more.

  • Address 1 102 Greenwood Ave.
  • Phone (203) 791-9747
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts

Relay Bookhouse is Bethel's oldest and largest independent bookstore specializing in new, used, rare and out-of-print titles. We house a large selection of contemporary and hard-to-find titles in all subjects. We carry gift items, fine bindings, and book-related clothing and accessories. Come in and browse, or submit a request on our website.


We are a vegetarian restaurant and bookstore with a seasonal local and organic menu.

  • City Title Darien
  • Address 1 314 Height Rd.
  • Phone (203) 655-2712
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • City Title Glastonbury
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  • Address 1 2217 Main St.
  • Phone (860) 430-6608
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts

Glastonbury’s own independent bookstore is now open! Come browse our great selection of books and gifts for all ages, and join us for one of our events!

Diane's Books of Greenwich has the largest selection of family books in the country. We specialize in family books for all ages and offer free gift wrapping.

  • City Title Guilford
  • Address 1 81 Whitfield St.
  • Phone (203) 453-4141
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

Breakwater Books, an independent bookstore located on the historic Guilford Green, has been assisting generations of readers since 1972.

  • City Title Kent
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  • Address 1 10 N. Main St.
  • Phone (860) 927-4104
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

We features wuality literature, books on art, history and politics, biographies, and fiction, with a special room featuring children's literature. We also carry cards, music and gifts for the discerning reader, while hosting regular author events.

RJ Julia Independent Booksellers, located in the shoreline town of Madison, Connecticut, is a place of discovery where words matter, where writer meets reader, and where the ambiance and selection of books creates a welcoming atmosphere. We pride ourselves on having knowledgeable staff, an opinionated and varied book selection, and a consuming passion for reading. Ultimately, we are fiercely committed to putting the right book in the right hand.

  • City Title Monroe
  • Address 1 447 Monroe Turnpike
  • Phone (203) 459-1579
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games

A children's book & gift shop for babies through teens, with a selection of the best adult titles in every genre! I pride myself on providing excellent customer service, with 30 years experience to help you and your child choose the perfect books. From the best books available to many gift items, including puppets, craft kits, stuffed animals, games for the car, and so much more, we are your one-stop shop.

Located in the heart of downtown Mystic, Connecticut, Bank Square Books is a locally owned and operated bookstore with a great selection of books and helpful, knowledgeable staff. A cornerstone of the community for 25 years, the store has something for everyone, including bestsellers, classics, children's books, gifts, cards, and toys, plus a wide range of author events. Its sister store is Savoy Bookshop & Café in Westerly, RI.

  • City Title New Haven
  • Address 1 1082 Chapel St.
  • Phone (203) 776-4040
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Café/Food, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers

Atticus Bookstore Café has been an independent New Haven institution since 1976. Our bookstore offers a carefully curated selection of books for children and adults as well as a wide variety of greeting cards, stationary, notebooks, and magazines. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is always happy to help you find just the right book for any occasion.

  • City Title Niantic
  • Address 1 41 W Main St
  • Phone (860) 739-5715
  • Type Used books

The Main Barn is located just on the outskirts of downtown Niantic, and has five additional buildings: Ellis Island, the Annex, Hades, the Haunted, and the Lat Page.

We have been providing rare and scholarly books to institutions, researchers, collectors and the booktrade for 58 years. Please search our website and be pleasantly surprised by the exotic range of titles being offered. As we only have 5000 books online, we invite your inquiries via email () which will promptly be checked against our 200,000 volume inventory. Our primary specialty is out of print Yale University Press books of which more than 50,000 individual volumes are in stock.

  • City Title Old Saybrook
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  • Address 1 146 Main St.
  • Phone (860) 388-6850
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards
Harbor Books is situated on Main Street in Historic Old Saybrook, CT. Where the Connecticut River meets Long Island Sound. Selling New & Used Books on all subjects, we have an interesting Nautical Section and a wide selection of books on Katherine Hepburn, a lifetime Old Saybrook resident.
Visit our shop in the the heart of this beautiful and historic New England town and browse thousands of interesting titles in many fields. Whether you're after vintage pulp fiction or finely bound classics, we're happy to help you discover something that will delight. We are also a full-service art gallery, regularly presenting exhibitions and with a rotating stock of unusual and beautiful finds--vintage prints, photographs, posters, and paintings.
  • City Title Shelton
  • Address 1 415 Howe Ave, Ste 888
  • Phone (203) 944-0400
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

A full service bookstore right here in the Valley! We have many selections to choose from, and if you don't see it in the store, we can easily order it for you. We also have cards, bookmarks, gift items and much more! Stop in to say hello and pick up a book or two. We'd be happy to see you!

Welcome to BOOKCLUB Bookstore & More - your local & independent bookstore! We offer pre-owned and new books, author appearances and monthly book discussions. We proudly work with CT authors & artisans. 

Our Mission is to encourage literacy and a love of reading through creating an engaging, community-oriented space for children. To this end, we also endeavor to provide creative and useful supplies to the teachers who put their heart and soul into the education of our children.
Washington Depot's local independent bookshop for over 60 years! The Hickory Stick Bookshop has a great selection of books, music, calendars, greeting cards, book accessories, and gift items.
  • City Title Westbrook
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  • Address 1 1551 Boston Post Rd.
  • Phone (860) 391-9525
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary, Metaphysical/New Age, Regional
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

Burgundy Books is an award winning bookstore located at the lovely Water's Edge Resort on Long Island Sound. We host bestselling authors and cultural events.

  • City Title Wethersfield
  • Address 1 446 Silas Deane Hwy.
  • Phone (860) 899-1755
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts

That Book Store LLC is a locally veteran owned independent bookstore committed to offering affordable new, bargain, gently read, and electronic books and audiobooks, as well as gifts and educational items for customers of all ages and backgrounds. We exist to provide residents and visitors of Wethersfield, and other towns in southern Hartford county, the best local community bookstore and accessory shopping experience.

A Winsted, local bookstore encouraging reading, thought, and civic action. 


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