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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 Deep River
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  • Address 1 171 Main St.
  • Phone (860) 879-2665
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest, Alternative/Political, Children's, Educational, Feminist
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards

Nestled in the heart of Deep River, we are a community focused bookstore that provides affordable used books in an awesome, old-school atmosphere. Come visit today!

  • 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.

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

Like-New Used Bookstore in the Whitneyville section of Hamden, CT.

  • City Title Hartford
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  • Address 1 56 Arbor St.
  • Phone (860) 523-1622
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest

The Jumping Frog is the internet's perpetual paper show, specializing in postcards, magazines, and ephemera. It is also a used bookstore in Hartford, CT. We are always buying from estates, spring cleanings, etc. across the state of Connecticut.

  • 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.

Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore is a place for discovery, enlightenment, and entertainment! Come browse our Staff Suggestions, listen to an author, join us for Children's Story Time, or grab a delicious bite to eat at Grown cafe!

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.

  • Address 1 1140 Chapel St.
  • Phone (203) 787-6147
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Café/Food, Coffee/Tea

Feed your body & your mind! Opened in 1998, the Book Trader Cafe is an independent used bookstore and cafe in the heart of the Yale University campus. Contact us for information on catering your next event or selling your library!

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 1391 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 hosting bestselling authors and cultural events.

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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.

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. 

  • City Title Torrington
  • Address 1 354 New Litchfield St.
  • Phone (860) 482-9696
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • City Title Union
  • Address 1 1257 Buckley Hwy. # I-84
  • Phone (860) 684-4920
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest

"The Food and Book Place."

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 Wethersfield
  • Address 1 446 Silas Deane Hwy.
  • Phone (860) 529-5500
  • 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.

  • City Title Windsor
  • Address 1 1073 Palisado Ave.
  • Phone (860) 219-0393
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games

Used games and books. Open weekends and occasional week day evenings.

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

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