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Independent Bookstores in Missouri

NewPages.com guide to the best Missouri indie bookstores

Independent bookstores in Missouri are sorted by City as you scroll through. If your favorite indie bookstore is missing, please contact us.

The Book Rack

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

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.

  • Well Read Books
  • 530 Court St.
  • City: Fulton
  • Phone: (573) 416-6535
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts
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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.

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

A refuge for the thirsty and inquisitive of Kansas City in the heart of The Crossroads Art District.

  • BLK + BRWN.
  • 104 1/2 W. 39th St.
  • City: Kansas City
  • Phone: (816) 469-5922
  • Type: New books, Black-owned
  • Specialty: General Interest, African American
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Prospero's Books

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

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.

Wise Blood Booksellers

Books and other good things for the imagination. Westport, Kansas City.

  • River Reader
  • 1010 Main St.
  • City: Lexington
  • Phone: (660) 259-4996
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Coffee/Tea
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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.

  • The Book House
  • 7352 Manchester
  • City: Maplewood
  • Phone: (314) 968-4491
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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Professional booksellers since 1986. We are a full service bookstore with over 300,000 new, used, rare, and unusual books in stock.

Rose's Bookhouse
  • Rose's Bookhouse
  • 8935 Veterans Memorial Pkwy
  • City: O'Fallon
  • Phone: (636) 272-5857
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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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.

Stonecrest Book & Toy

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.

Reader's World
  • Reader's World
  • 1400 S. Limit Ave. Ste. 70
  • City: Sedalia
  • Phone: (660) 827-0940
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
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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.

Bookmarx
  • Bookmarx
  • 325 E Walnut St.
  • City: Springfield
  • Phone: (417) 501-1062
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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BookMarx is a used bookstore specializing in classic literature, contemporary and postmodern fiction, science fiction, children’s books, and more.

Pagination Bookshop
  • Pagination Bookshop
  • 1150 E. Walnut St.
  • City: Springfield
  • Phone: (805) 813-0126
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines: Gifts
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Main Street Books

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.

Dunaway Books

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.

Left Bank Books
  • Left Bank Books
  • 399 N. Euclid
  • City: St. Louis
  • Phone: (314) 367-6731
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Feminist, LGBT, Literary
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
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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.

Subterranean Books

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.

EyeSeeMe
  • EyeSeeMe
  • 6951 Olive Blvd.
  • City: University City
  • Phone: (314) 349-1122
  • Type: New books, Black-owned
  • Specialty: Children's, Educational, African American
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Toys/Games
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Our mission is to be a resource to parents, teachers, and schools in providing the very best children’s books on the market that promote positive images and stories about African American culture and history. As a tool to help increase literacy, African American children will benefit by seeing themselves respectfully represented in the literature they read. Non-African American children will benefit by helping to dispel negative and inaccurate stereotypical images of people of color and that despite our many differences, all people share common feelings and aspirations.

Neighborhood Reads

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.

Independent bookstore in Webster Groves, MO specializing in comics, graphic novels, manga and children’s books.

The Novel Neighbor

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