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Indie Bookstores in Iowa

The best list of independent Iowa bookstores

 

Plot Twist is a welcoming space with a great selection of books for readers of all ages, from board books to adult fiction and graphic novels to cookbooks. We welcome books clubs, writing groups and those seeking a retreat for reading and discussion. Plot Twist wants to be a community partner supporting literacy.

  • City Title Bedford
  • Address 1 414 Main St.
  • Phone (712) 523-2371
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games

A great assortment of children's books, inspirational/gift books, as well as books for all ages. Plus Melissa and Doug products, Folkmanis Puppets, gourmet food gifts, and a great line of adult coloring books and wines from Iowa wineries.

  • City Title Bellevue
  • Address 1 110 S Riverview
  • Phone (563) 872-4802
  • Type New books
  • City Title Boone
  • Image Image
  • Address 1 817 Story St.
  • Phone (515) 432-2556
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards
We have 40,000+ books in stock between our new and used sections, most are available for browsing in a clean and well-organized setting. We offer much more than just our books in stock, including book accessories, journals, calendars & planners (seasonally), Leanin' Tree and 99¢ greeting cards, gift certificates and a book search service for those hard to find titles. Looking for something not in stock? We will be happy to order it for you, whether it is books, movies or music! The Book Shoppe also hosts events for fellow book lovers with local Iowan authors and writers.
  • City Title Cedar Rapids
  • Image Image
  • Address 1 1105 Third St. SE
  • Phone (319) 247-2665
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Regional
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards
  • Events Author Signings, Readings

Next Page Books is a locally owned, independent bookstore in the historic New Bohemia district of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The store offers a healthy selection of new fiction, nonfiction, young adult, and children's books in a warm and friendly environment. Customers can order books and have them in hand between two and five business days of placing their order. There are no additional charges for special orders.

Stop in and see us on Main Street in Cherokee. We carry a wide array of product. Books, Wine, Home Decor. There is really something here for everyone! Come visit us!

  • City Title Davenport
  • Image Image
  • Address 1 232 W. 3rd St.
  • Phone (563) 324-8941
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest
We are the oldest and largest used book store in Iowa. Family owned since 1939. Besides HARDBACK and PAPERBACK books on all subjects, we have 1000's of old magazines, record albums, DVD movies, and CDs. Our hours are 9:30 to 5:30 Monday thru Friday, and 9:30 to 5 on Saturdays.
  • City Title Decorah
  • Image Image
  • Address 1 112 W. Water St.
  • Phone (563) 382-4275
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Regional
  • Events Author Signings, Readings
Dragonfly Books is an independent bookstore nestled in the heart of scenic northeast Iowa. Dragonfly Books is your one-stop shopping place for books of all kinds. Whether you enjoy mysteries, history, fiction, or looking for cookbooks and children's books, you will find it at Dragonfly Books. We special order books in for you at a nominal fee if out-of-print, or at no additional costs if in-print. Check our website for current information about our Author Events.
  • Address 1 602 W. Water St.
  • Phone (563) 382-8103
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Regional
A Book is a Gift you can open again and again and again! A bookshop for children, parents, grandparents and fun loving people. Shop has a Secret Garden where stories are shared, Puzzles, puppets, books, doll clothes and games are available. Stop by and enjoy.
  • City Title Des Moines
  • Address 1 2629 Beaver Ave. Ste. 1
  • Phone (515) 279-5400
  • Type New books
  • City Title Fort Dodge
  • Address 1 217 S 25th St. Suite #C05
  • Phone (515) 955-2665
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Magazines/Newspapers

Located inside Crossroads Mall.

  • City Title Grinnell
  • Address 1 933 Main St.
  • Phone (641) 236-1696
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Regional
  • City Title Indianola
  • Address 1 101 E Salem Ave.
  • Phone (515) 961-0391
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Address 1 8 S. Clinton St.
  • Phone (319) 337-4188
  • Type New books
  • Address 1 Main Entrance Lobby, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
  • Phone (319) 384-5151
  • Type New books
  • City Title Mason City
  • Address 1 100 S Federal Ave
  • Phone (641) 424-2665
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games

Book World offers a huge selection of books, magazines, toys, games, and much more in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

  • City Title McGregor
  • Address 1 206 A St.
  • Phone (563) 873-3357
  • City Title Oskaloosa
  • Image Image
  • Address 1 105 S. Market St.
  • Phone (641) 676-1777
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Mystery, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
  • Events Author Signings, Readings

The Book Vault is a premier, full-service, independent bookstore serving southeastern Iowa with first-rate customer service, quality book selection, unique gift items, engaging events, cooking demonstrations, and welcoming ambiance, all offered in a beautifully renovated historic downtown building at 105 S. Market St. in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

  • City Title Pella
  • Image Image
  • Address 1 824 Franklin St.
  • Phone (641) 628-6868
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest

We are located in a small historic building, a church built in 1862, that is worth seeing for its own sake and for its historical significance to the community. We specialize in out-of-print, rare, scarce, and antiquarian books.

  • City Title Sioux City
  • Image Image
  • Address 1 2923 Hamilton Blvd.
  • Phone (712) 258-1471
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
We are Siouxland's little but lovable bookstore and gift shop with friendly, happy staff ready to assist you! We are especially proud of our children's section that features not just books, but toys, games, stuffed animals, and baby gift items. Proudly independent since 1977!

We offer a wide selection of books in many subjects and written in many languages, shelves are re-stocked daily. We can help locate and special order a book you are looking for. We also offer services such as: copies, fax, picture printing from camera cards, and other special needs such as create fliers, business cards, greeting cards, etc.

  • City Title West Burlington
  • Address 1 550 S Gear Ave
  • Phone (319) 208-1404
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Toys/Games

Located inside the Westland Mall.

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