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NewPages Guide to
Indie Bookstores in Missouri

The best list of independent Missouri bookstores


  • City Title Cape Girardeau
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  • Address 1 50 S. Plaza Way
  • Phone (573) 334-2711
  • Specialty General Interest

A real bookshop with real book people, The Book Rack of Cape Girardeau's mission is to bring quality books to the Midwest.

  • City Title Columbia
  • Address 1 1907 Gordon St.
  • Phone (573) 449-7417
  • Specialty General Interest

Columbia Books began October 1, 1977.The books are an eclectic mixture of 65,000 volumes ranging from new releases to antiquarian volumes 400 years old. We also have a large accumulation of prints, maps, ephemera, and interesting older periodicals.

A new independent bookshop in Columbia, MO.

Yellow Dog Bookshop is an independent, locally owned used bookstore specializing in literary fiction, history, religion, and cultural studies. We are located in the heart of downtown Columbia, MO. 

Aesop's Treasury has a wide variety of used and new books and carries the area's largest selection of RPGs and other games.

  • City Title Fulton
  • Address 1 530 Court St.
  • Phone (573) 642-6181
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts

Well Read is an independent bookstore located in the heart of the historic Brick District in downtown Fulton, Missouri. We absolutely love being walking distance to both Westminster College and William Woods University, in addition to some great restaurants and other amazing retail shops. A curated selection of both new and used books are featured with pride in our historic building, which has it’s own story to tell.

  • City Title Gladstone
  • Address 1 7313 N. Oak Trafficway
  • Phone (816) 300-2665
  • Specialty General Interest

We have been in the book business for decades, supplying the Northland with the best in the printed word.

Downtown Book and Toy is part of five locally owned business in the Mid-Missouri area. Located in Downtown Jefferson City, we have all your book and toy needs met. We carry a wide selection of books in categories ranging from Romance to Young Adult to Reference to Cooking. We also carry a variety of games and toys for all age groups, including companies such as Melissa and Doug and Thomas the Train.

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  • Address 1 3600 Country Club Dr, Ste 303
  • Phone (573) 616-3928
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Regional
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games

Downtown Books II is a locally owned and operated indie bookstore in Jefferson City, Missouri. We carry new books, bargain as well as used books, magazines, toys, games, gifts, greeting cards, and more. Located inside the Jefferson City Capital Mall, it is our mission to provide the most helpful and knowledgeable customer service to readers of all ages. Let us help you find your story!

  • City Title Kansas City
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  • Address 1 1800 W 39th St.
  • Phone (815) 531-9673
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest

We are a warehouse for the mind! Live music, readings, poetry, and of course, long walks on the beach.

  • Address 1 1734 E. 63rd St.
  • Phone (816) 419-1051
  • Type Used books, Black-owned
  • Specialty African American

Willa's Books specializes in used and rare African-American books and first editions, as well as the works of a wide variety of authors.

  • City Title Lexington
  • Address 1 1010 Main St.
  • Phone (660) 259-4996
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea

Take a Queen Anne style building built in 1886, fill it with thousands of books, a first-class coffee bar with seating area, and you've got: River Reader Books in Lexington, Missouri.

  • City Title Maplewood
  • Address 1 7352 Manchester
  • Phone (314) 968-4491
  • Specialty General Interest

Professional booksellers since 1986. We are a full service bookstore with over 300,000 new, used, rare, and unusual books in stock.

  • City Title O'Fallon
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  • Address 1 8935 Veterans Memorial Pkwy
  • Phone (636) 272-5857
  • Specialty General Interest

Rose's Bookhouse is a new & used bookstore located in O'Fallon, MO. For over 30 years we've offered quality books at affordable prices. With over 200-500 books delivered daily, our stock is constantly changing. Our wide variety of genres virtually guarantees there is something for everyone! Whether you're looking for the latest bestseller or an old favorite, our friendly and informative staff will help you find the right book for the right price.

  • City Title Osage Beach
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  • Address 1 3797 Highway 54
  • Phone (573) 348-4788
  • Specialty Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games

Books, toys, and gifts. Games, puzzles, science and art kids, Legos, pretend play, infant and toddler toys, stuffed animals of all sizes. New York Times Bestsellers are always 25% off. Used book prices vary. Ask about our trade policy.

Word on the Street Books specializes in local interest and well-curated fiction, but we sell a wide variety of genres that include mystery, horror, sci-fi, western, biography, memoir, history, social science, politics, literature, humor, arts and letters, performing arts, music, cookbooks, home and garden, self-help, spirituality, young adult, and children. We restock weekly. Our proprietor is an unabashed bibliophile who relishes in locating difficult-to-find and unique books. If you are looking for a particular book, send us a message. We just might have what you are searching for.

  • City Title Pleasant Hill
  • Address 1 109 Wyoming St.
  • Phone (816) 987-2608
  • Specialty General Interest
  • City Title Sedalia
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  • Address 1 1400 S. Limit Ave. Ste. 70
  • Phone (660) 827-0940
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games

EAT SLEEP READ LOCAL - General bookstore, featuring 25% off Best Sellers and New Releases. Children's books, Suspense to Psychology. Paperback book club offers a 10% discount. Don't miss our educational toys. We have a variety of fun games for the entire family. See you soon.

  • City Title Springfield
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  • Address 1 325 E Walnut St.
  • Phone (417) 501-1062
  • Specialty General Interest

BookMarx is a used bookstore specializing in classic literature, contemporary and postmodern fiction, science fiction, children's books, and more.

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  • Address 1 1150 E. Walnut St.
  • Phone (805) 813-0126
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts
  • City Title St. Charles
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  • Address 1 307 S. Main St.
  • Phone (636) 949-0105
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Regional

A general interest bookstore located in a charming historical area. We have a great selection of books about the local area as well as a well-curated children's section.

  • City Title St. Louis
  • Address 1 3606 Arsenal St.
  • Phone (314) 433-5671
  • Specialty Alternative/Political, Regional
  • Sidelines Magazines/Newspapers

Black Rose Book Distro is a new decentralized radical book sales and free zine distribution project in the greater-Saint Louis area. 

We are the largest independently owned used bookstore in the St. Louis area. Founded by Pat Dunaway in 1965, we specialize in fine used, rare, and antiquarian books.

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  • Address 1 399 N. Euclid
  • Phone (314) 367-6731
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Feminist, LGBT, Literary
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers

Founded in 1969, Left Bank Books is an independently-owned bookstore offering a full-line of new and used books and services in the greater metropolitan area of St. Louis. Our store is located at Euclid and McPherson in the historic Central West End neighborhood, situated among magnificent turn-of-the-century residences and some of the best restaurants and finest art galleries in the area. Our mission has always been to offer an intelligent, culturally diverse selection of titles with a focus on politics, contemporary arts and literature, high-quality children’s books, African American interest, GLBT titles, and more. In addition, we produce well over 200 author events a year.

Our center features hundreds of book on black/Afrikan culture, life, education, and art, and has many out of print books. We offer free classes on holistic Afrikan lifestyle for the community throughout the year; sell an assortment of books, health food items, vitamins, water, Orisha baths/washes, candles, incense, Afrikan art, juices, toiletries, shirts, cards, bags and much more; support and host local artist, vendors, schools, community organizations and other businesses in order to uplift and empower; and offer youth programs, book signings, seminars, speakers, holiday celebrations, and many other events for the community.

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  • Address 1 6275 Delmar
  • Phone (314) 862-6100
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers

We opened in October 2000, focusing on a diverse fiction collection, children's books, history, and anything else we think is really interesting. If we don’t have something in stock we can always order it for you. We also have a free frequent buyer program, in place since we opened. We know you have many options about where you can buy books and we really really appreciate that you chose us. The buyer program is free to sign up for and takes just moments while you’re in the store.

  • City Title University City
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  • Address 1 6951 Olive Blvd.
  • Phone (314) 349-1122
  • Type New books, Black-owned
  • Specialty Children's, Educational, African American
  • Sidelines Toys/Games

EyeSeeMe offers a very unique and diverse product line that fosters academic excellence and promotes an inclusive and diverse society. Our product line includes both originally created EyeSeeMe items as well as some of the best and well known African American Children products available on the market today. We host regular events for kids and adults.

  • City Title Washington
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  • Address 1 401 Lafayette St.
  • Phone (636) 390-9673
  • Specialty General Interest

Neighborhood Reads is a new independent community bookstore in Downtown Washington, Missouri. Visit our website's event calendar for upcoming book clubs, signings, and more.

  • City Title Webster Groves
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  • Address 1 7905 Big Bend Blvd.
  • Phone (314) 738-9384
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Artwork

Independent bookstore that carries over 20 local artisans' work with a community meeting space for birthday parties, classes and Book Clubs.


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