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Independent Bookstores in Minnesota

NewPages.com guide to the best Minnesota indie bookstores

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Cherry Street Books
  • Cherry Street Books
  • 503 Broadway St.
  • City: Alexandria
  • Phone: (320) 763-9400
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Mystery, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
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Cherry Street Books opened in June 2007. We have a wide variety of books for all ages and interests; orders are placed nearly every day and we are always happy to help customers find just what they are looking for if it is not already in the store. We are located in a resort community and enjoy meeting visitors from all over the US and other countries during the height of our summer tourist season. We host several book clubs and offer story time for young children every Saturday morning at 10 AM.

Daybreak Press Global Bookshop
  • Daybreak Press Global Bookshop
  • 3533 Lexington Ave. N.
  • City: Arden Hills
  • Phone: (612) 584-3359
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: Children's, Educational, Feminist, Literary
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Coffee/Tea, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
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Daybreak Press Global Bookshop & Gathering Space creates a platform for education, activism, and positive community experiences in Minnesota. With a focus on faith, social justice, and women’s empowerment, we provide books from around the world as well as space for community gatherings, events, and regular programming.

Sweet Reads
  • Sweet Reads
  • 407 N. Main St.
  • City: Austin
  • Phone: (507) 396-8660
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Café/Food
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Sweet Reads is not just your average book and candy store—it’s an experience! You’ll find opportunities to take pictures inside a train, in a forest, and more. You will also find the World’s Largest Collection of Berenstain Bears Museum in our store. The local authors are featured with a wide variety of genres and the monthly schedule includes their readings, Poet’s Open Mic, and Book Shares!

Buffalo Books & Coffee boasts the finest books and coffee in Wright County for 23 years.

Scout & Morgan Books

Scout & Morgan Books is an independent bookstore, selling new, used, and out-of-print books along with cards and gifts for readers.

  • Bluebird Books
  • 813 Washington Ave.
  • City: Detroit Lakes
  • Phone: (218) 844-9208
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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We’re an independent bookstore in the lakes country of northwestern Minnesota. Detroit Lakes is a small town with big ideas, and we’d love to see you here soon!

Duluth’s oldest independent bookstore. Locally owned and family operated since 1982.

The Bookstore at Fitger’s specializes in Northeastern Minnesota regional books. We also carry new releases, best sellers and nonfiction, as well as children’s books and toys. We have a full line of Fitger’s clothing and memorabilia.

Zenith Bookstore
  • Zenith Bookstore
  • 318 N. Central Ave.
  • City: Duluth
  • Phone: (218) 606-1777
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Regional
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Located in the heart of vibrant West Duluth, our beautiful space is comfortable and inviting, with author and community events held throughout the year. From our online store you can browse our collection of gently used and new books. We also stock greeting cards, journals, and fun book-themed merchandise.

Excelsior Bay Books

We’ve been the best little bookstore in Excelsior for 25 years. Books, puzzles, cards—but mostly books! Stop in to browse or chat about books. You can also order from our website or over the phone for curbside pickup. We ship books, too.

Aurora Booktique is a full service book store with an emphasis on supporting local and independent authors, artists and photographers. We offer a vast array of clothing, art, and accessories in our gift boutique.

An independent bookstore in Fergus Falls that also features a wide variety of gifts, cards, inspirational items, office supplies, and quick print services.

Drury Lane Books

Small independent bookstore on the cool North Shore of Lake Superior with a hand-curated selection of books for book lovers. Give the gift of books! Shop or browse while the kids enjoy our children’s nook, sit at the window seat with a new find or an old favorite, or get recommendations from our knowledgeable staff. Author events, full moon readings around the bonfire, and children’s story hour details can be found on our Facebook page.

A gathering place for the community to relax, socialize, browse for books, and enjoy MN craft beer. We value diverse perspectives and we will sell new and used books from a variety of authors and genres. We will have rotating taps so that you can try new types of beer from local breweries. Come pull up a bar stool and catch up with family, friends, or a new book.

  • Book Break
  • 63 Birch Ave. S.
  • City: Maple Lake
  • Phone: (320) 963-1918
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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New & used books, videos, music CDs. Also selling sheet music, reeds, drumsticks, and other items for musicians. We opened in Maple Lake in 1985, and then moved to Buffalo for many years. We are happy to relocate back to downtown Maple Lake in a beautiful historic building.

The Eye Mpls is the metaphysical store in the Lyn-Lake area of South Minneapolis. Both online and off, we provide books, music, tools and services to support creativity, spiritual awakening (or deepening) and centered living.

Birchbark Books & Native Arts

Birchbark Books is operated by a spirited collection of people who believe in the power of good writing, the beauty of handmade art, the strength of Native culture, and the importance of small and intimate bookstores. Our books are lovingly chosen. Our store is tended with care. We specialize in Native American books, art, and gifts, but also carry a wide variety of books for every interest. Adults will love our display table of carefully selected new titles. Kids will delight in the Tree House and Hobbit Hole. Young Adults will find a large selection of books to devour. Our store is lovely and peaceful; our staff, bright and helpful. Come visit us!

Now open 11AM-8PM daily! Boneshaker Books is the radical and progressive bookstore you always dreamed of: good books, book events, and bicycle delivery!

The Bookhouse in Dinkytown
  • The Bookhouse in Dinkytown
  • 1316 4th St. SE
  • City: Minneapolis
  • Phone: (612) 331-1430
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: Alternative/Political, Art, Children's, Literary, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
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A labyrinthine space of floor-to-ceiling used books in the heart of Dinkytown. Independent book store buying and selling quality books since 1976.

  • Comma, a Bookshop
  • 4250 Upton Avenue South
  • City: Minneapolis
  • Phone: (612) 922-2211
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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  • Corner Books
  • 2903 Pentagon Dr.
  • City: Minneapolis
  • Phone: (612) 788-6570
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: Art, Children's, Regional
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Gifts
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Corner Books of Minnapolis, MN emphazies a fine selection of books in the following: art, children books, geography, history, poetry, Minnesota books, signed books, but especially nature books of all kinds!

Eat My Words

An education and entertainment redistribution center. 24,000 used books and a few new ones by local authors. Literary, musical and other events. Meeting space available. Comfy chairs.

The Irreverent Bookworm
  • The Irreverent Bookworm
  • 5163 Bloomington Ave. S.
  • City: Minneapolis
  • Phone: (612) 500-4339
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
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The Irreverent Bookworm is a cozy and well curated Used & New Bookshop with plenty of comfy chairs to read in, a charming children’s book room, and private space for book clubs and writers groups to meet. We pride ourselves on our friendly staff, eclectic aesthetic, and well-rounded stock of reads for everyone.

James and Mary Laurie Booksellers is a used, rare, and out of print bookstore. We also have many classical and jazz vinyl records, and a wonderful selection of graphic art. We are located in the downtown Minneapolis area.

Magers & Quinn Booksellers

7,000 square-feet devoted to new, used, and collectible books in the heart of Uptown Minneapolis since 1994.

Providing quality political books to the Twin Cities public at discounted rates. We’re also a progressive political hub for events and information on social movements in the area. We regularly host public events, author talks and private group meetings. Find our blog here.

 

Moon Palace Books

We’re an independent bookstore located in the Longfellow neighborhood right behind Peace Coffee Wonderland Park and the Trylon microcinema. We’re at 2820 E 33rd St (between Minnehaha Avenue and Hiawatha Avenue) and we’re open Monday through Saturday from 12 to 6:30 and Sunday 12 to 4. We’ve got new and used books. We sell eBooks and those nifty Kobo eReaders. We’re very excited to be open and can’t wait to meet you!

Established in 1975, Paperback Exchange is a locally owned and independent bookstore with over 150,000+ books in stock, and books arriving daily. Our selection ranges from current bestsellers to out-of-print oddities.

For decades we’ve held space for alternative thinking to blossom, while making the natural and magical healing powers of plants available to all!

We are an independent children’s bookstore in Minneapolis with a penchant for Manx cats and chickens (as well as many other interesting creatures living at our store).

Turtle Town Books & Gifts is an independent bookstore in the heart of Nisswa, MN that also sells high quality puzzles, games, and toys.

Content Bookstore
  • Content Bookstore
  • 314 Division St.
  • City: Northfield
  • Phone: (507) 222-9238
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Feminist, Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines: Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
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Content is the indie bookstore serving beautiful, historic Northfield, Minnesota. We pride ourselves on great customer service and a well-curated selection that will surprise and delight readers of all stripes, all ages, and all interests.

Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery

Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery is your local, indie bookstore in Park Rapids, MN!

The Willow is a bookstore and gift shop in Perham, Minnesota!

  • The Bookstore
  • 253 5th St SE Suite #2
  • City: Pine City
  • Phone: (320) 322-5124
  • Type: New books, Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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Fair Trade Books

Since 2014 Fair Trade Books in Red Wing offers used books, fair trade merchandise, and new books in a friendly, inviting location in downtown Red Wing. The bookstore hosts readings, musicians, poets, authors, film discussions, and has a weekly Meet the Author event from 12:00-3:00pm each Saturday.

Collective is a community-driven bookstore and record shop at The Castle, offering a wide variety of used books in all genres and vinyl records.

A used bookstore and community space for Rochester, Minnesota.

Peacock Books & Wildlife Art

Peacock Books & Wildlife Art offers a variety of best selling new releases, exclusive books by Lisa Loucks-Christenson and Lisa’s wildlife art and photos from her documentaries.

  • Silver Lake Books
  • 111 Broadway Avenue South, Store #100
  • City: Rochester
  • Phone: (507) 512-3074
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Artwork
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New, exclusive, used, vintage books, wildlife art, and exhibits.

Books Revisited
  • Books Revisited
  • 607 W. St. Germain
  • City: St. Cloud
  • Phone: (320) 259-7959
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
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Our primary store was established in 1991, a tiny bookshop, with crowded isles, books to the ceilings, and all the charm and character of a day gone by. Many things have changed over the years—we have moved to a much larger location, expanded our selection ten-fold, and continue to evolve as we transition to the electronic age and Brave New World of bookselling. Despite all of these changes, the commitment to our customers has remained unchanged: To provide unique and top quality books at a reasonable price. Whether you are looking for an antiquarian copy of a collectible book, or a current selection of best selling fiction, you can rest assured that we will put our experience to work to offer the best books and service available.

Books for curious people.

Black Garnet Books sells new, contemporary books by authors and illustrators of color.

Midway Used and Rare Bookstore

  • Midway Used and Rare Bookstore
  • 1579 University Ave.
  • City: St. Paul
  • Phone: (651) 644-7605
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Art, Children's, Literary, Metaphysical/New Age, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Greeting Cards/Postcards
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Step back in time. Midway Book Store was established in 1965. Our three floor building houses over 100,000 used and antiquarian books of all genres. We have the largest art and photography book collection in the Midwest. Strong in literature, philosophy, folklore, new age, occult, science fiction, fantasy, and military history Huge inventory of new and vintage comics, including Silver and Golden Age. Vintage magazines. A book lovers dream.

Next Chapter Booksellers

We are a full service independent bookstore in the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Locally-owned, independent children’s bookstore since 1984.

  • SubText
  • 6 W. 5th St.
  • City: St. Paul
  • Phone: (651) 493-2791
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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SubText is a general interest bookstore with special focus on fiction, poetry, history, and literary nonfiction. Join us for regular author events.

Located in historic downtown Stillwater, MN, our brick and mortar bookstore provides readers with fine bindings and first editions to gently used paperback classics.

Valley Bookseller

  • Valley Bookseller
  • 217 N. Main St.
  • City: Stillwater
  • Phone: (651) 430-3385
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Mystery, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
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Great Books. Great People. Enjoy free WiFi with a view of the beautiful St. Croix River! Shop 24/7 at our website, or stop in to find out about author events, Totally Criminal Cocktail Hour and much more! Monday-Saturday, 9-8, Sunday, 9-5.

  • Back Forty Books
  • 625 7th Ave.
  • City: Two Harbors
  • Phone: (218) 834-9215
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts
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In addition to supplying Two Harbors, MN with local art and gifts, we now have a section of the shop dedicated to gently used books: Back Forty Books! As the name implies, you will find most of the used books at the back of the shop, and we also carry new titles!

The story begins at Chapter One.

Tucked in the sleepy downtown of rural Minnesota, Driftless Books is home to many classic works of literature, occasional live music, and local artwork.

The Thinking Spot’s mission is to make science accessible. We strive to be an independent bookstore and community gathering place for exploring and interacting with science.

Lake Country Booksellers

Located in the heart of charming downtown White Bear Lake, MN, Lake Country Booksellers is an IndieBound bookstore.

We are the longest running bookstore in Winona and we take in used books!