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Independent Bookstores in New York

NewPages.com guide to the best New York indie bookstores

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The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza

Locally Owned, Truly Independent, One of a Kind . . . simple but distinctive words in this age of big box chain stores. It’s cozy, intimate, full of character and sporting a staff known for its sense of humor not to mention its competency and dedication to customer service and to books themselves.

We are a “by appointment or chance” bookshop and healing studio, a place where our shared intention is the enlightenment of all beings.

A general interest, independent bookstore in Astoria, Queens.

Beacon Reads is a bookstore to benefit the Howland Public Library that is staffed by Friends of HPL volunteers co-managed by Vicki Blucher and Marcia Frahman. It has been located at 309 Main Street since 2002.

Binnacle Books

Used and New Books / Books Bought and Sold / Beacon, NY

Anti-Profit Anti-Fascist Book Pushers serving the Lesser Binghamton Area.

Lift Bridge Book Shop
  • Lift Bridge Book Shop
  • 45 Main St.
  • City: Brockport
  • Phone: (585) 637-2260
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
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Lift Bridge Book Shop, located in Brockport, NY the “Victorian Village on the Erie Canal” is the only full service independent bookstore between Rochester and Buffalo, NY. We serve the greater local community and SUNY Brockport with textbooks, art and office supplies and two floors of books and innovative toys.

The Lit. Bar

The Bronx is burning… with desire to read. The Lit. Bar is an independent bookstore serving up literature, wine, and Bronx-pride.

Independent bookstore serving the community for 81 years. We take special orders and find out-of-print books. Relaxed atmosphere and helpful staff.

  • Adanne
  • 234 Water St.
  • City: Brooklyn
  • Type: New books, Black-owned
  • Specialty: General Interest, African American
  • Sidelines: Gifts
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A place for books and foods.

Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop

The only all poetry bookstore in NYC, we specialize in indie press chapbooks and books.

  • Book Thug Nation
  • 100 N. 3rd St.
  • City: Brooklyn
  • Phone: (917) 673-2920
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: Literary
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Magazines/Newspapers
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bookthugnation is a used bookstore and community space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We carry a wide selection of quality used books at low prices. Our focus is in Literary Fiction (boasting one of the best used fiction sections in NYC!), Film and Philosophy. We hold regular events and gatherings, including author readings, movie screenings, lectures, neighborhood meetings, kids nights, and more. BTN believes that independent bookstores are an essential part of a healthy, creative New York City. We strive to be an active community space that fosters literary arts while being a welcoming place where anyone can walk in, have a cup of coffee and talk about books.

Independent local bookstore. General bookstore specializing in fiction, nonfiction, children’s and best selling titles. Next day orders available for no extra charge. Join our monthly book discussion. With our newly added knitting knook, you can purchase knitting supplies from Lions Brand, take a knitting class with our instructor, or join our knitting/crochetting club.

Books Are Magic

Cobble Hill’s Independent Bookstore. Visit us for a wide selection of books, as well as author events.

Cafe con Libros, Bk

cafe con libros is a feminist community bookstore catering to folks who are book lovers, coffee aficionados, or both. We aim to provide space for anyone seeking a community of readers and thinkers, and to spread the love of reading as a source of healing.

  • Catland Books
  • 987 Flushing Ave.
  • City: Brooklyn
  • Phone: (718) 418-9393
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: Metaphysical/New Age
  • Sidelines: Curiosities
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Catland is Brooklyn’s premier metaphysical shop and event space. We offer books and wares for all experience levels. Full event calendar is on our website.

Center for Fiction

The Center for Fiction, founded in 1820 as the Mercantile Library, is the only organization in the United States devoted solely to the vital art of fiction. The mission of The Center for Fiction is to encourage people to read and value fiction and to support and celebrate its creation and enjoyment. With all our resources, including our exceptional book collection, our beautiful reading room, our expanding website, and our ever-growing array of creative programs, we seek to serve the reading public, to build a larger audience for fiction, and to create a place where readers and writers can share their passion for literature.

The Center for Fiction Bookshop

Come visit our independent bookshop. Find exciting new voices, undiscovered gems, beloved classics and books signed by many of the leading writers who appear at The Center, along with lit t-shirts, notecards and more!

Charming employees, killer reading series, well-curated shelves, and a photogenic cat.

Freebird features an eclectic mix of books with a new emphasis on New York history and culture. A locus for community meetings, book discussions, workshops, and literary readings, Freebird is available for rental or special events.

An independent bookstore in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Store locations in Fort Greene and Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Visit our website for directions and hours.

An independent bookstore in the heart of Brooklyn, NY. Locations in Fort Greene and Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Visit our website for directions and hours.

Here's A Book Store

Elected by the readers of the Daily News as the best independent book store in New York City, November 2011.

Honey & Wax Booksellers

At Honey & Wax, we deal in literary classics and curiosities. We specialize in unique copies: books from the libraries of writers and artists, rare first printings, quirky vintage editions, splendidly bound copies, books with no downloadable equivalent. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America, and are open by appointment in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

Human Relations
  • Human Relations
  • 1067 Flushing Ave.
  • City: Brooklyn
  • Phone: (510) 540-7700
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Alternative/Political, Art, Literary
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Magazines/Newspapers
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Human Relations is a used bookstore in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York; between Vandervoort Place and Kickerbocker Ave. Human Relations are difficult, especially for book people. Nevertheless, we are bringing you the best quality used fiction, philosophy, film, foreign language, pulpy noir, history, art, science, food, drama, and pretty much everything else. (In order to make human relations even harder.)

McNally Jackson Books

In 2008, Melville House’s offices merged with a bookstore and event space. Visit us for small press titles and literary events.

Mil Mundos Books

Mil Mundos is holding down space for the Black and Hispanic character of Bushwick. Service is available to customers in both English and Spanish with equal access. Goods for sale primarily have a Black and Latinx focus, prioritizing the celebration of our culture, heritage, and personal empowerment. Roughly 50% of titles in stock are available as Spanish language titles.

Molasses is both a tiny used bookstore as well as a cafe and a bar. Open every night until at least midnight. Best Used Bookstore 2013 – Village Voice; Best Used Bookstore 2013 – New York Magazine; Best Bookstore / Bar – L Magazine; Best of Brooklyn pick – Time Out NY; Time Out NY readers pick “Love New York” award winner for best store in Bushwick.

powerHouse Arena
  • powerHouse Arena
  • 28 Adams St.
  • City: Brooklyn
  • Phone: (718) 666-3049
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Alternative/Political, Art, Children's, Feminist, Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
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Home to world-renowned art book publisher powerHouse Books, the Arena is a gallery, boutique, bookstore, performance, and events space located at 28 Adams Street in New York City’s scenic DUMBO neighborhood. With soaring 24- foot ceilings on the 5,000 square foot ground floor, The powerHouse Arena showcases a series of landmark exhibitions, performances, and controlled mayhem fusing the worlds of art, photography, design, fashion, pop culture, advertising, music, dance, film, and television into a glorious whirlwind of captivating spectacle.

  • powerHouse on 8th
  • 1111 8th Ave
  • City: Brooklyn
  • Phone: (718) 801-8375
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Alternative/Political, Art, Children's, Literary
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
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powerHouse on 8th is a bookstore, reading club, mini-gallery, and community space bringing South Slope the best in fiction, nonfiction, children’s/YA, novelty, cooking, decorating, stationery, and more, all from the curatorial minds hived at Dumbo’s famed powerHouse Arena. Read our reviews, join our Middle Grade Reading Club, and stop in for Sunday morning readings with children’s book authors. See you on the block!

Quimby's Bookstore NYC
  • Quimby's Bookstore NYC
  • 536 Metropolitan Ave.
  • City: Brooklyn
  • Phone: (347) 889-5569
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: Alternative/Political, Feminist, LGBT, Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Curiosities, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
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Like the original Quimby’s in Chicago (25 years!) this location specializes in zines and small press. Unlike the Chicago, store we do not carry comics because we are right next door to Desert Island Comics, the best comic shop in New York. The store also exhibits photography and has a large selection of photography books, and hosts author events.

Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers

Since 1999, Spoonbill has offered an always changing combination of new books in the Arts & Letters as well as, serendipitously, whatever unusual books come in though libraries and small collections that we obtain. Open 7 days a week on the main drag in sunny Williamsburg.

  • Terrace Books
  • 242 Prospect Park W.
  • City: Brooklyn
  • Phone: (718) 788-3475
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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A (mostly) used bookstore in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn.

WORD
  • WORD
  • 126 Franklin St.
  • City: Brooklyn
  • Phone: (718) 383-0096
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
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WORD Brooklyn is an independent community bookstore, dedicated to being whatever our neighborhood wants us to be!

Burning Books

Burning Books is a radical bookstore focusing on social justice, activism, and liberation struggles, based in Buffalo.

We are a not-for-profit neighborhood bookstore and educational arts center that offers a full bookstore staffed with knowledgeable, enthusiastic readers that can assist and encourage all current and “would-be readers.”

  • Fitz Books
  • 431 Ellicott St
  • City: Buffalo
  • Phone: (716) 249-0523
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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Talking Leaves Elmwood

Talking Leaves Books has been providing the reading public of Buffalo and Western New York with a distinctive and unusual selection of the finest writing and thinking bound into books for almost 30 years now.

  • Zawadi Books
  • 1382 Jefferson Ave.
  • City: Buffalo
  • Phone: (716) 903-6740
  • Type: New books, Black-owned
  • Specialty: African American
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Zawadi Books is a bookstore that specializes in books and materials that are by and about people of African descent. Our store holds author readings, book discussions, a Reading Room, and houses a storytelling resource center.

Battenkill Books
  • Battenkill Books
  • 15 E. Main St.
  • City: Cambridge
  • Phone: (518) 677-2515
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Regional
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
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Part of the community for 25 years (under a few different names), Battenkill Books is a local, independent bookstore selling general interest, new books in the Battenkill Valley. The store offers a broad range of books from current bestsellers to the classics, and from history and romance to gardening and cooking, and more. We have a large selection of books on local history and the surrounding area. Battenkill Books also carries maps, gifts, cards, and an eclectic selection of magazines, as well as hosting author events.

Old Book Surfer
  • Old Book Surfer
  • 2823 State Rt. 22
  • City: Cambridge
  • Phone: (518) 229-0562
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Literary
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Old Book Surfer’s retail store location overlooks scenic Lake Lauderdale in Washington County, N.Y.; our internet sales presence is exclusively on ABE Books. We offer a diverse in-store and by-mail selection of primarily used music merchandise, in LP, 45 and 78 rpm vinyl formats as well CD/DVD /tape offerings, and printed materials such as sheet music, memorabilia, entertainer biographies, discographies and ephemera. We are noted for our wide and deep literary stock, extensive first editions stock, 20th century collectible and signed books, books-about-books, criticism, history, military, regional and scholarly material. Over 10,000 books in open-stock shelving. Visit us online or at our brick and mortar store. Open Wed-Sun 1-6PM, except holidays.

We carry a large selection of new and used books. The newest book releases arrive every Tuesday, and you may pre-order upcoming releases, which you can learn about in our newsletter. We also offer used books at discount of a least 1/2 off list price.

Magpie Bookshop

Magpie Bookshop specializes in awesome, as well as nearly new and used books.

Blue Door Books

Blue Door Books is an independant bookstore. Our belief is that this bookstore belongs to all of us. While bookselling may be a business, a neighborhood bookstore should be a living breathing reflection of the tastes and interests of a community. In that spirit, we invite all of you to share in this new book experience created with you in mind.

Scattered Books offers best sellers, staff picks, popular kids books, nonfiction for children and adults, adorable bookish accessories, and more! Our Literary Lounge is home to our super creative kids parties, author signings, and available to rent for any adult of kids occasion. Come in and browse, sit in the sun and read a few pages and have a cup of coffee. This is what a bookstore was meant to be.

Chatham Bookstore
  • Chatham Bookstore
  • 27 Main St.
  • City: Chatham
  • Phone: (518) 392-3005
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Regional
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
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Celebrating over 40 years of building community through books! We have contemporary and classic books for readers of all ages, including a special section just for kids, and a diverse selection of art supplies, crafts, puzzles, toys and gift items. Come by our cozy store and say hello!

A family run book store in Clayton, NY.

  • Sulfur Books
  • 18 E. Main St.
  • City: Clifton Springs
  • Phone: (315) 462-2665
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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Sulfur Books is an independent bookstore owned by Main Street Arts, a non-profit arts organization.

Split Rock Books

Cold Spring’s independent bookstore carrying a curated selection of new books with a focus on literary fiction and nonfiction, small press titles, and children’s books. Our events will include book clubs, readings, signings, discussions, and children and family programming.

Card Carrying Books & Gifts

Card Carrying Books & Gifts caters to progressive customers looking for great books, gifts, and statement apparel.

  • I Love Books
  • 380 Delaware Ave. #A
  • City: Delmar
  • Phone: (518) 478-0715
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
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Founded in 1990, I Love Books features a unique combination of books, toys, greeting cards, jewelry and quirky unusual items for all ages.

A Book Barn of Finger Lakes
  • A Book Barn of Finger Lakes
  • 198 North Rd
  • City: Dryden
  • Phone: (607) 844-9365
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Art, Literary, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy
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365.4 Categories of used, rare, and scholarly books in three nineteenth century barns. Received the Reward of Merit Restoration by Historic Ithaca and Tompkins County. Difficult to find! Located at Lacey’s Corners which is directly opposite the traffic light to Tompkin-Cortland Community College. Parking lot not accessible from NY Route 13.

We are an independently owned bookstore and gift shop located in the heart of East Aurora. We have been family owned and run since 1986 and we are just 1/2 block off of Main Street. We carry many unique items and thousands of titles.

Situated in the village of East Hampton on Long Island’s storied East End, BookHampton provides/is committed to providing a vibrant year-round environment for discovering books that intrigue, amuse, educate and inspire. A dedicated and knowledgeable staff, lively events with fascinating authors, and a warm, welcoming space all combine to create a community place for book lovers.

Founded in 1976, we sell and buy fine rare and old books, maps, prints, ephemera, and photographs and postcards on a myriad of subjects. Members of the ABAA, ILAB, the Ephemera Society of America, among others. Please check our hours at our website.

  • Adventure Books & More
  • 34 Second Ave.
  • City: Gloversville
  • Phone: (518) 705-9326
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts
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Lots of new and used books. A variety of gift baskets and cups. A cozy corner to have coffee a snack. Animals welcome.

The North Fork’s only bookstore! We have the best sellers you seek and plenty of other wonderful reads. Special orders are always welcome. Please stop by and have a look around!

Owl Pen houses 100,000 books and prints in all subjects and price ranges. We’re located in beautiful southern Washington County, NY and are seasonally open from May 1 – November 1.

One of Westchester County’s leading independent bookstores since 1987. Offering more than 10,000 titles for every interest, occasion, and gift-giving need.

Open on the weekends in winter and summer. Over 50,000 titles.

Blenheim Hill Books carries thousands of books in categories ranging from gardening, fiction, biography, travel, history, poetry, African-American, cooking, children’s and illustrated, all reasonably priced for the book lover.

Creative Corner Books

A bookstore for cooks, crafters, and DIYers, Creative Corner is the newest addition to the Book Village of the Catskills in Hobart, NY. Crafts, workshops, author events, and more. New, used, vintage.

  • Liberty Rock Books
  • 698 Main St.
  • City: Hobart
  • Phone: (607) 538-1760
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Artwork
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New York Books & Ephemera
  • New York Books & Ephemera
  • 615 Main St.
  • City: Hobart
  • Phone: (240) 308-0563
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: Regional
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Coffee/Tea, Greeting Cards/Postcards
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Uncommon Books at Reasonable Prices

The Spotty Dog Books & Ale

Enjoy our eclectic selection of literature and full art supply. Moleskines, Melissa & Doug wares for kids, and sundry gifts round out our lineup. Frequent live music, beer and cheese tastings, live author events, and children’s craft events pepper our schedule. Visit our Twitter for updates.

60,000 books, 10,000 records & a cafe, all under one roof. Autumn Leaves offers the selection and quality of a new bookstore at used book prices. Our spacious, well-lit store is designed for comfortable browsing, with a knowledgeable staff ready to help.

Buffalo Street Books

Buffalo Street Books is Ithaca’s community-owned cooperative bookstore and is located in the DeWitt Mall, right next to Greenstar Oasis. Visit us for author events.

  • Novel Destination~Used Book Emporium
  • 177 Fluvanna Ave. (RT. 430)
  • City: Jamestown
  • Phone: (716) 489-1496
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Metaphysical/New Age, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines: Coffee/Tea, Greeting Cards/Postcards
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If you love books, we would love to meet you! We offer to sell to you or will do some trading on both paperbacks and hardcovers. We also offer a selection of large print books and are happy to order in special/new books too! Fresh coffee, greeting cards and gift ideas are also available.

The Katonah Reading Room is a bookstore and coffee shop with take out sandwiches, salads, and baked goods rotating daily. Full barista coffee service, ice cream, candy, and drink specials. We sell books and gifts for all ages.

Kew & Willow Books

A community effort to bring a bookstore back into Queens. Visit our website for upcoming author events.

Rough Draft Bar & Books

We sell new books, local beer, wine, coffee and espresso, and savory pies, and we regularly host events. Located at Kingston, New York’s historic four corners. Come say hi!

Providing personalized customer service to help our customers reach their imaginations through reading, writing, and creating.

Off the Beaten Path
  • Off the Beaten Path
  • 124 Chautauqua Ave.
  • City: Lakewood
  • Phone: (716) 720-4917
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's
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Formerly Off the Beaten Path, Good Neighbor Bookstore, owned and operated independently, is a bookstore on beautiful Chautauqua Lake in the cozy village of Lakewood. Our mission is to provide customers with interesting, hard-to-find titles as well as the bestsellers. We love to give personal customer service, and we’ll make recommendations and help you find a book that fits your taste.

Anderson's Book Shop
  • Anderson's Book Shop
  • 96 Chatsworth Ave. #A
  • City: Larchmont
  • Phone: (914) 834-6900
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
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Larchmont’s oldest independent bookstore. We have a full selection of books for all ages. We carry toys and gift items, as well as cards and stationery.

Childrens French and Spanish Book Store in Larchmont

A new bookshop with a carefully curated collection of books for adults, teens, and young readers. We also offer bookish merchandise from unique independent retailers from across the country and around the globe.

Locust Valley Bookstore

A bookstore in the beautiful hamlet of Locust Valley. Hosting author events. Visit us for all your book needs.

Locally-owned independent bookstore with three stores in Manhattan and one store in Long Island City. Join us for weekly storytimes, on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Used books, great coffee, and lively conversation.

  • W.Whitman Books
  • 304 Main St.
  • City: Middleburgh
  • Phone: (518) 827-3377
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts
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Founded by Doug Guevara and David Chancey, W. Whitman Books sells used, new, and rare books as well as antiques, collectibles, and art. We have great collections both in fiction and nonfiction, including mysteries, history, children’s books, religion, and art. 

Merritt Bookstore
  • Merritt Bookstore
  • 57 Front St.
  • City: Millbrook
  • Phone: (845) 677-5857
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Regional
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
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Independently owned and located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, Merritt Bookstore strives to connect our customers with literature penned by local and global authors alike. We also offer a wide variety of toys, puzzles, and games through the Toys of Merritt. We are a small-town bookstore with a large outreach, and we pride ourselves on our unique ability to serve readers everywhere. Stop by to chat with our friendly staff, pick up a great read, and learn about our exciting events!

Founded in 1975, Oblong Books & Music is the largest independent bookseller in the Mid-Hudson Valley. With a vibrant children’s book & toy section, a large bargain books selection, and a knowledgeable staff, Oblong has something for everyone. Open daily.

The Montgomery Book Exchange sells a wide variety of used books. Stay awhile and enjoy that book with a cup of coffee.

One Grand is a curated bookstore in which celebrated artists and creatives share their literary inspirations.

Barner Books

Barner Books is an iconic used bookstore. It’s been serving the Hudson Valley for more than 25 years, making it one of the longest standing bookshops in the area. Our book selection shows strengths in literature, eastern religion, lcal history, astrology, art, religion, poetry, and classics. Handmade journals, most of which are imported from India are available at the shop and online. The store is open 7 days a week and is staffed by people who know and love books.

Here at the Inquiring Minds Bookstore in New Paltz, our goal is to share our passion for books, literacy, and lifelong learning with our community.

192 BOOKS is a general-interest bookstore featuring key works of literature and history, art and criticism, travel and children’s books, and more. 192 BOOKS also hosts an extensive series of readings, signings, group readings and discussions by important writers from here and abroad.

Aeon Bookstore is an independent bookseller in Manhattan specializing in literature, art, philosophy, occult, and music. We have both used and new titles.

Only one used bookstore remains on what was once Book Row; owner Steve Crowley has held on despite the miles-of-books behemoth around the corner. Trade paperbacks are generally half the cover price; the admirable selection of contemporary and postmodern names like Borges, Calvino, and Toni Morrison reflect an individual taste in a way the Strand’s stacks of Penguin Classics simply can’t.

Albertine

Albertine is a reading room and bookshop that brings to life French-American intellectual exchange. A permanent venue for free events and debates, we offer more than 14,000 contemporary and classic titles from over 30 French-speaking countries around the world.

Argosy Book Store

Argosy Book Store is now in its third generation of family ownership. Our enormous stock of antiquarian and out-of-print items fills a six-floor building in midtown Manhattan. We specialize in Americana, modern first editions, autographs, art, antique maps & prints, and the history of science & medicine. We also have thousands of books in all other fields of interest.

Rare Book Dealer specializing in first editions, signed and inscribed books, documents and manuscripts. Locations in New York, Las Vegas and Philadelphia.

We carry over 6000 titles on topics such as queer and gender studies, global capitalism, feminism, police and prisons, democracy studies, and black liberation. You can also find some good ‘ole smutty fiction. We also carry magazines, zines, journals, alternative menstrual products and other oddly hard-to-find good things. We host readings, workshops, performances, discussions and films almost every night.

The place for out-of-print cookbooks in NYC. Thousands of books, menus, advertising booklets, and decorative kitchen items. Open MOST days, 1–7 pm. Please call or see my website for this week’s hours, or call to make an appointment outside regular hours.

Managed and staffed entirely by volunteers, The Book Cellar affords bibliophiles the opportunity to purchase used books at incredible prices while at the same time supporting the branch library system of the New York Public Library (NYPL). All books are donated, and all net proceeds go directly to the branch libraries. In addition to a carefully arranged selection of books in a variety of categories, there is a large children’s section, as well as a varied selection of DVDs, CDs, and even VHS tapes. The Book Cellar: a place where you can feed your book addiction and do good for the community at the same time!

Independent bookstore + wine + coffee. Community events and cozy reading space in the East Village.

We are here to offer book shops where you can browse and discover the widest range of publications in the arts and humanities that realistically be carried and we have created spaces for extensive representation of new books in areas you will not see elsewhere. We fulfill the essential role of being an independent source for ideas and literary art. A visit to one of our stores will energize your mind and remind you of the awesome scope of positive human intellectual and literary endeavor.

  • Book Culture
  • 2915 Broadway @ 114th St.
  • City: New York City
  • Phone: (646) 403-3000
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's
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Book Culture on Broadway is an independent, community bookstore in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan.

Founded in 1980, Books of Wonder is New York City’s largest and oldest children’s bookstore and the city’s leading specialist in children’s literature.

The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division is an independent, all-volunteer queer cultural center, bookstore, and event space hosted by The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center at 208 West 13th St. Room 210, NYC.

Chartwell Booksellers is located inside the lobby of the Park Avenue Plaza building, midblock on 52nd Street between Park and Madison Avenues. We carry books by and about Sir Winston Churchill in rare and modern editions, Churchillian ephemera, nonfiction and fiction books, jazz books, motor books, literary collectibles, and out-of-print photography books.

Civil Service Bookshop

Specializing in Civil Service test prep books and school test prep books with a general selection of new and popular paperbacks and bestsellers as well as a selection of classic paperbacks. Maps and dictionaries and some self-help books as well. Small independent store in business for over fifty years.

  • Codex
  • 1 Bleecker St.
  • City: New York City
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: Art, Literary
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Used and new books with a focus on literary fiction and art.

We take enormous pride in our stock, and carefully select current adult fiction and nonfiction titles to bring only the best of the best to our customers. Our commitment to carrying “only the best of the best” extends to all sections of the store including history, biography, travel, cook books, parenting, poetry, mysteries, and art. We also host storytimes and author events.

Dashwood Books is NYC’s only independent bookstore devoted entirely to photography.

Recipient of the Tony® Honor for Excellence. Since 1917, the greatest theatre and film bookshop in the world.

We sell and BUY books, including art and photography books, textbooks (buyback), philosophy, mathematics, religion, occult, esoterica, new age, counter-culture, critical theory, music, literary fiction, Greek and Latin–actually any scholarly subject, review copies, underground comics/graphic novels.

Forbidden Planet NYC has been one of the world’s largest and most acclaimed sellers of comics, graphic novels, books, toys & other collectibles for over 30 years!

Toys, games, books, and so much more. We also have a event space for your parties.

  • Harper's Books
  • 504 West 22nd Street
  • City: New York City
  • Phone: (917) 388-3300
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: Art
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Housing Works Bookstore Cafe has established itself as a New York downtown institution and tourist destination for the last decade. Special events and a fully stocked cafe make this a great place to meet friends, relax and shop the best book, movie and music selection in New York City.

The Madison Avenue store is a seventh-floor oasis for book-lovers, a quiet and pleasantly furnished book room with a carefully chosen, expertly catalogued and broad-based selection of fine and rare books, autographs, manuscripts, and works of art. We have built notable private collections for American and international clients. Our stock is always changing, and our steady input from private buying and public auctions assures our clients of new surprises (and temptations!) at each visit.

  • Karma
  • 136 E. 3rd St.
  • City: New York City
  • Phone: (212) 390-9279
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: Art
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Kitchen Arts & Letters

Our store is much more than cookbooks. We carry a range of food history and scholarship, a deep selection of operations and technical manuals, and what we feel is a terrific array of great food writing.

An adorable indie bookstore stocked with everything from obscure literary mags and New York Times bestsellers to cookbooks and under-the-radar staff picks

McNally Jackson at The Shed is a new arts-focused shop from the independent bookseller. The shop features a deep catalogue of books responding to The Shed’s arts programming and is found in our lobby.

We’ve been here 25 years, and have used, out-of-print and even some new books in almost any subject imaginable. We have LPS, too. Everyone here is a writer in some genre so we one of us is bound to be able to find what you’re looking for.

We are devoted to all things mysterious, from hard-boiled hardcovers to pulpy paperbacks, suspected signings and whispers around town.

Namaste Bookshop
  • Namaste Bookshop
  • 2 W. 14th St.
  • City: New York City
  • Phone: (212) 645-0141
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Alternative/Political, Art, Children's, Metaphysical/New Age
  • Sidelines: Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
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Welcome to Namaste Bookshop. We sell cheap books in NYC, including art and photography books, textbooks, philosophy, mathematics, religion, occult, music, literary fiction, Greek and Latin–actually any scholarly subject–and underground comics/graphic novels. We also buy CD’s and DVD’s, except for pop music, and host readings.

The Bookstore is more than a place—it’s an experience! In addition to more than 45,000 trade books and student textbooks, our 29,000 sq. foot store at 726 Broadway features an event space for author readings and community events, a Kid’s Corner for families and young readers to lounge and browse.

Pillow-Cat Books is the first animal themed bookshop in New York.

  • Posman Books
  • Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave.
  • City: New York City
  • Phone: (212) 627-0304
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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Our Chelsea Market Flagship store opened in 2009 and is located near the 10th Avenue entrance, or western side of the market. We have a great selection of fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks and much more. Come by with the kids to browse through our extensive children’s sections!

Printed Matter
  • Printed Matter
  • 231 11th Ave
  • City: New York City
  • Phone: (212) 925-0325
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: Alternative/Political, Art, Feminist, LGBT
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
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As one of the world’s largest publicly available source for artists’ books, Printed Matter is an important voice in a vibrant and expanding field. A longstanding open submission process invites artists and independent publishers to submit their books for sale at Printed Matter. We circulate over 32,000 publications annually on behalf of artists and small presses through our non-profit store in Chelsea, our online catalog and other distribution channels. With a commitment to representing and engaging a diverse community of artists, Printed Matter is in many cases one of the few outlets for artist-made publications on the peripheries of mainstream distribution networks.

Printed Matter / St. Mark’s is located in the lobby of the Swiss Institute. Open to the public Wednesday – Sunday with a robust program of public events, including artists’ readings and talks, panel discussions, performances, and more.

PRPH Rare Books

PRPH Books is Umberto Pregliasco and Filippo Rotundo’s bookshop and gallery in New York City’s Upper East Side. It opened on October 23, 2013.

If you are interested in spiritual, esoteric or new age literature, the Quest Bookshop should be the first place you look. We are an independent bookstore with an excellent selection of not only books, but also many other useful items to help in your search, or to give as gifts to others.

Revolution Books: the place to find the books and the movement for revolution that can radically change the world.

Rizzoli Bookstore is widely considered one of the foremost independent booksellers in America specializing in literature, photography, architecture, interior design, cookery, and the fine and applied arts. And unique in New York City, Rizzoli Bookstore also stocks Italian, French and Spanish-language fiction and non-fiction literature.

  • Shakespeare & Co. Booksellers
  • 939 Lexington Ave.
  • City: New York City
  • Phone: (212) 772-3400
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Alternative/Political, Literary
  • Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards
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Shakespeare & Co. is an independent bookstore that has been serving the New York community for over three decades, with books for general audiences and higher-education customers.

The only black-owned bookstore in Manhattan. We are not just a book store; we are a community resource center for the exchange of information and ideas. Our motto is “Knowledge of Self is the key to Understanding”. We provide an educational, emotional, spiritual and loving environment for a diverse community, where all are welcome.

New York City’s legendary home of 18 Miles of new, used, and rare books.

  • Sweet Pickle Books
  • 47 Orchard St.
  • City: New York City
  • Phone: (646) 649-2484
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts
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Three Lives is our living room, and a living place. It is a work in progress. We (the store and our customers) have grown up and evolved together. People come here to see and buy what we consider to be some of the best books available today. They also come to discuss books, culture, and events of the moment. They meet for a sense of community in times of national tragedy and personal celebration. Intrinsically, books extend a graciousness that provokes discourse.

Bargain books in the heart of the West Village in Manhattan. We deal in highly curated ART, PHILOSOPHY, SPIRITUALITY, MUSIC, FICTION, and more! Aldous Huxley, William Blake, Jack Kerouac, Bob Dylan, Che Guevara, and many others.

Established in 1972, Ursus serves clients in New York and throughout the world. We offer a comprehensive selection of art reference books, superb copies of rare books in all fields, and decorative prints

What does this Broadway shop specialize in? Oh, just “fiction, modern first editions, art, illustrated books, graphic design, children’s books, architecture, antiques and collectibles, Asian, [and] African American,” titles, so, everything.

Word Up Community Bookshop
  • Word Up Community Bookshop
  • 2113 Amsterdam Ave.
  • City: New York City
  • Phone: (347) 688-4456
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Alternative/Political, Children's, Feminist, Literary
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
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Word Up is a multilingual, general-interest community bookshop and arts space in Washington Heights, New York City, committed to preserving and building a neighborhood in which all residents help each other to live better informed and more expressive lives, using books as an instrument of reciprocal education and exchange, empowering themselves and their community. Word Up is primarily run by volunteers. By hosting literary readings, music concerts, film screenings, theater productions, art openings, workshops, and other activities for kids and adults, we do our best to support and fortify the creative spirit unique to our diverse, uptown community.

  • Yu and Me Books
  • 44 Mulberry St.
  • City: New York City
  • Phone: (646) 559-1165
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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Yu and Me books is the first female owned Asian-American bookstore in NYC located in historical Manhattan Chinatown. Our focus is on the strong, diverse voices of our community, with a highlight on immigrant stories. Our carefully curated books and upcoming offerings of beer, wine and coffee cultivate a safe community space to sip, read, and foster some amazing conversations!

The Treehouse Reading and Arts Center is a bookshop and learning center to inspire, promote, and support literacy goals in the community.

Indie bookstore with a craft beer, cider, and wine bar serving tasty food and coffee!

The Book Corner
  • The Book Corner
  • 1801 Main St.
  • City: Niagara Falls
  • Phone: (716) 285-2928 or (716) 694-8242
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's
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86 year old independent bookstore. Three floors of books, three cats. Out of print searches, worldwide shipping.

We’re one of the country’s largest antiquarian bookstores!

We are a record/book/clothing shop located in Nyack, NY.

Visit Pickwick Book Shop, located in the heart of historic Nyack, NY.

The Green Toad Bookstore

the river’s end bookstore is a beautiful independent bookstore on the banks of the Oswego River. Stop in to browse, have a coffee, use your laptop, ask directions!

In historic downtown Owego since 1976. Come visit us and peruse our three floors of books.

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Theodore’s Books offers a wide inventory of new books in Oyster Bay, Long Island.

  • The Dog Eared Book
  • 450 E. Main St.
  • City: Palmyra
  • Phone: (315) 502-0181
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Toys/Games
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The Dog Eared Book is a new, used, and rare bookstore in Palmyra, NY. We specialize in used books in great condition. We also have a unique selection of literary themed gifts, and great toys and plush for kids.

  • Book Cove
  • 22 Charles Coleman Blvd.
  • City: Pawling
  • Phone: (845) 855-9590
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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The Book Cove is a sophisticated and friendly store right in the heart of the Pawling Village. We offer both new and out of print books for you to peruse, as well as the opportunity to experience an independent bookstore at its best. Our knowledgeable staff will be delighted to use their expertise to recommend a book or locate a rare title for you. Drop by the store, we look forward to seeing you!

Fabulous and friendly shopping experience on Main Street in Penn Yan. Find everything you are looking for at Longs’s. Delivery and special orders everyday.

  • The Biblio-Tech Café
  • 2 S. Main St.
  • City: Perry
  • Phone: (585) 969-4216
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Coffee/Tea, Gifts, Toys/Games
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The Biblio-Tech cafe is a locally owned cafe, bookstore, and specialty gift shop. We offer new and used books, toys and games, personal tech, and a cafe with a variety of seating and wicked fast wifi to suit all your needs.

  • Bookburgh Books
  • 60 Smithfield Blvd Ste 15
  • City: Plattsburgh
  • Phone: (518) 566-4323
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Gifts, Magazines/Newspapers
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A general interest bookstore located in the Champlain Centre Mall. Seminars, book clubs, and other author events.

An old-fashioned neighborhood bookshop with great books and other gifts for all. Special orders welcome. Author events. Service, knowledgeable staff, and commitment to our community.

Friends' Book Store

The Friends’ Book Store has over 20,000 high-quality used books, DVDs, and audio books. We continuously restock the shelves from our large inventory of donated books. Most books are $2.00 or less!  Our Mission: To support the Poughkeepsie Public Library District as an informational and cultural force in the community; to develop a thorough understanding of the library’s responsibilities, limitations, and difficulties; to make the public aware of the facilities of the library and to stimulate use of the library’s services and resources; and to encourage support of the library through gifts and volunteer services.

Booksy Galore is a hybrid, indie bookstore. Part cozy brick-and-mortar, part online sales, and always all about matching people with books they love.

Founded in 1975, Oblong Books & Music is the largest independent bookseller in the Mid-Hudson Valley. With a vibrant children’s book and toy section, a large bargain books selection, and a knowledgeable staff, Oblong has something for everyone. Open daily.

  • Topos Bookstore
  • 788 Woodward Ave.
  • City: Ridgewood
  • Phone: (347) 927-5680
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Café/Food, Coffee/Tea
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We carry new and used titles and are open seven days a week. We buy books.

Cerebral provides quality products including Afrocentric books, t-shirts and apparel.

Element of Fun
  • Element of Fun
  • 274 N Goodman St Ste D104
  • City: Rochester
  • Phone: (585) 362-3058
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: Children's
  • Sidelines: Toys/Games
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Element of Fun is a children’s and young adult book and toy store located in Rochester, NY. We offer new & used books and a variety of toys for all ages.

Since 1998, Greenwood Books has provided Rochester with used fiction and nonfiction in a wide array of genres. Special orders, gift certificates, and book club discounts are all available.

Hipocampo Children's Books

Exciting new children’s bookstore on South Avenue! Becoming a community and regional beacon of children’s literature and programming!

  • Small World Books
  • 425 N. St.
  • City: Rochester
  • Phone: (585) 232-6970
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts
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Small World Books is a classic, used, out of print, and rare bookstore located in the Northeast Downtown area of Rochester.

Keaton & Lloyd is a social enterprise in beautiful Rome, New York. The Shop carries a wide range of literature, as well as bookish goods.

Postmark Books is a haven for readers, thinkers, and travelers. Featuring an enthusiastically selected treasure trove of today’s most interesting reads in a bright and airy space on the Rondout Creek, our space is full of good cheer and a sense that anything is possible (at least while your nose is stuck in that book).

Berry & Co.
  • Berry & Co.
  • 51 Division St.
  • City: Sag Harbor
  • Phone: (631) 899-4118
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Coffee/Tea, Gifts
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Books – Teas – Botanicals

Canio’s, where good books, ideas, and community meet. Established 1980.

  • The Book Nook LLC
  • 7A Broadway
  • City: Saranac Lake
  • Phone: (518) 354-8439
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Toys/Games
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Situated in the heart of downtown Saranac Lake, across from Berkeley Green, The Book Nook provides a rustic year-round environment for discovering your next great read. We carry a wide variety of genre from fiction to manga.

Northshire Bookstore

Northshire Bookstore is a full service bookstore staffed by professional booksellers. This award winning Independent Bookseller offers a Frequent-buyers Book Club, Reading Group Leadership, Children & Adult Book-a-Month Selection Service, Author Events Series, and more.

We are a locally owned/independent bookstore featuring a large selection of used & new books, vinyl records and CDs, Melissa & Doug Toys, Folkmanis finger and hand puppets, children’s art supplies, stationary, and an amazing coffeehouse offering a wide variety of specialty coffees, teas, and smoothies.

New, fiercely independent community bookstore in Scarsdale, NY, not to be confused with that other bookseller named after some South American river.

Locally-owned independent bookstore and boutique in the heart of New York’s capital region.

The Whitney Book Corner is a small used bookstore run by the Friends of the Schenectady County Public All proceeds benefit the Library system.

Selling online and operating a brick and mortar store since 1996. We specialize in rare art and photography, literature and poetry, posters, prints and music.

Open May – September. Small, independent bookstore featuring new fiction and nonfiction. Special orders are welcome!

  • Butternut Valley Books
  • 156 Coye Brook Rd.
  • City: South New Berlin
  • Phone: (607) 783-2561
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Artwork
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Independent bookstore located in the village of Southampton, NY. New books as well as rare and collectible first editions.

Gently Used Books for Gently Used People. Our quirky and cozy bookstore with DVDS, CDs, and records is housed in a 150+ year old former general store and post office located on the border of the Berkshires, MA and the Capital Region of NY.

We are Syracuse, New York’s oldest bookstore, specializing in antiquarian and rare books, current and vintage hardcovers and paperbacks, postcards, journals, ephemera, and we have a wonderful children’s section, science fiction and fantasy section, and art and movie/film sections just waiting for you to enjoy!

We are an independent bookstore that strives to welcome you warmly with a staff that knows and loves books.

Yesterday’s Muse Books sells books online and has a shop in Webster, NY. We specialize in antiquarian, collectible, and secondhand books, and offer book repairs.

Red Jacket Books is an independent bookstore located online, and with a retail store in Westhampton Beach, NY.

Past Perfect is a used bookstore. We keep our prices low because we believe that everyone should be able to read. All books are donated and all proceeds support the Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County. Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County, Inc. (LVSCNY) is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization that provides a variety of free services to help adults achieve personal goals through literacy.

Briars & Brambles
  • Briars & Brambles
  • 61 Rt. 296 & South St.
  • City: Windham
  • Phone: (518) 750-8599
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
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Briars & Brambles Books is your year-round indie bookstore serving Winhdam & Hunter Mountains and the rest of the Catskill Mountains. We carry over 6,000 professionally-curated titles, regional and local authors, puzzles, games, stationary, and small tabletop items that make perfect gifts.

The Golden Notebook is located at 29 Tinker Street in the heart of Woodstock, New York. We are a general independent bookstore that has helped readers of all ages find the books they need and the books they love since 1978.

  • Mirabai Books
  • 23 Mill Hill Rd.
  • City: Woodstock
  • Phone: (845) 679-2100
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: Metaphysical/New Age
  • Sidelines: Gifts
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Mirabai of Woodstock was born in 1987. Tranquil by nature, she’s devoted to works of inspiration, transformation, and healing. She loves meaningful books, sacred spaces, and her devoted fans to whom she sends much love and light.