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Indie Bookstores in Iowa

The best list of independent Iowa bookstores

 

  • City Title Ames
  • Address 1 203 Main St.
  • Phone (515) 598-7508
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts

Dog-Eared Books is committed to growing and nurturing a love of reading in all members of our community by offering a curated and inclusive selection of books. We believe reading and storytelling make us better humans.

  • City Title Bedford
  • Address 1 416 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
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  • 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 Burlington
  • Address 1 301 Jefferson
  • Phone (319) 753-9981
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Magazines/Newspapers

Open daily at 9am, we carry books, magazines, and gifts. Yes, we can special order!

  • City Title Carroll
  • Address 1 217 W. 4th St.
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts

New and used bookstore, located in Carroll, IA. We are a woman owned, family run business here to assist you with all your bookish needs!

  • City Title Cedar Rapids
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  • Address 1 1105 Third St. SE
  • Phone (319) 247-2665
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Regional
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards

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 where we also host signings, readings, and other events. 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.

  • Address 1 212 Edgewood Rd. NW
  • Phone (319) 396-8420
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest
Prologue Books and Wine is a one of a kind, female-owned, independent bookstore.  It is a destination for individuals and families to purchase good literature, gifts, and quality wine.
  • City Title Cherokee
  • Address 1 204 W. Main St.
  • Phone (712) 225-2445
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's

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
  • Address 1 4764 Elmore Ave.
  • Phone (563) 355-2310
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest

Now in Davenport! Trade in your old books for a new read.

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  • Address 1 1524 N. Harrison
  • Phone (563) 232-6642
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Café/Food, Coffee/Tea

The Brewed Book is a cozy used bookstore and coffeeshop in the Hilltop District of Davenport, Iowa, serving the Quad Cities area. We have an interesting variety of used books from all genres and a delicious coffee and pastry selection in a relaxing, warm, and friendly environment. Stop in for a latte and a good read, or enjoy playing one of our wide selection of board games.

We are the oldest and largest used bookstore in Iowa. Family owned since 1939. Besides hardback and paperback books on all subjects, we have thousands of old magazines, record albums, DVDs, and CDs. Our hours are 9:30 to 5:30 Monday thru Friday, and 9:30 to 5 on Saturdays.

  • City Title Decorah
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  • Address 1 112 W. Water St.
  • Phone (563) 382-4275
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Regional

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.

  • City Title Des Moines
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  • Address 1 2629 Beaver Ave. Ste. 1
  • Phone (515) 279-5400
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

An independent bookstore building reading communities around bookish events in Des Moines, Iowa.

Locally owned, independent bookstore in Dubuque, Iowa.

  • City Title Grinnell
  • Address 1 933 Main St.
  • Phone (641) 269-3424
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Regional
  • City Title Indianola
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  • Address 1 101 E Salem Ave.
  • Phone (515) 961-0391
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest

Independent general bookstore in Indianola, Iowa, selling new, used, child, adult, nonfiction, fiction, mystery, and scifi. We can help you find just the right book for you.

An Iowa City destination for 36 years. 45,000 books in 70+ sections, two cats, comfy chairs, good conversations.

Prairie Lights sprang to life in May 1978 as a small, intimate bookstore offering titles by the newer voices of Raymond Carver and Alice Munro and by established authors like Eudora Welty and George Orwell. Join us for a wide selection of books and regular events.

  • Address 1 1310 1/2 Melrose Ave.
  • Phone (319) 569-1010
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Café/Food, Coffee/Tea

Sidekick Coffee & Books is a community coffee shop and bookstore, a hub for those seeking exceptional coffee, food, books, and conversation.

  • City Title Marion
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  • Address 1 809 6th Ave. #4
  • Phone (319) 249-2064
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Gifts

Swamp Fox Bookstore is a small women-owned independent bookstore located near downtown Marion, Iowa. Focusing on new books and community events, Swamp Fox Bookstore delights in finding the perfect book for every reader. Learn more and shop online at our website.

  • City Title Marshalltown
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  • Address 1 2500 S. Center St.
  • Phone (641) 854-0687
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty Science Fiction/Fantasy

Where local Midwest independent authors can display their books, as well as a cozy place for many used books of all genres, including collectible antique books.

  • City Title McGregor
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  • Address 1 206 A St.
  • Phone (563) 873-3357
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Feminist, Mystery, Regional
  • Sidelines Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

A women-owned, independent, solar-powered bookstore, The Paper Moon is housed in an historic 1860s building just a block from the Mississippi River in picturesque McGregor, Iowa. You will discover three floors filled with books, toys, gifts, cats, and a decidedly liberal leaning. Everyone is welcome here.

A family owned antiquarian bookstore, we have a diverse 40,000 title inventory of all genres of books, specializing in the scarce, rare, and collectible.

  • City Title Newton
  • Address 1 113 W. 2nd St. N
  • Phone (641) 792-3250
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts

Family owned and operated, we are a staple of the Newton community. You can find almost anything for anyone such as musical instruments, books, art supplies, model cars, crafts, rocks and stones, estate coins, and much more.

  • City Title Oskaloosa
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  • 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

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
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  • 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
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  • 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!

  • City Title Waterloo
  • Address 1 110 E. 4th St.
  • Phone (319) 349-7496
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, African American

Inspiring communities to heal through prints and publications that encompass all of us through literary works, storytelling, factual revelations, history and autobiographies of all people.

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