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Indie Bookstores in North Carolina

The best list of independent North Carolina bookstores


Open daily selling books by the thousands and wines/beers/coffees by the glass. Please visit us at our website.

We have been buying and selling secondhand and rare books in downtown Asheville, North Carolina since 1976. Our stock includes numerous signed books, first editions, and fine leather bindings, as well as a generous collection of quality secondhand material. We buy and sell good books in good condition, with  a specialty in art, poetry, literature, classical studies, religion, regional history, and more.

Grumbliest used bookstore in downtown Asheville. Been here and open every single day for night on 28 years.

At 610 Haywood Road you'll find a unique blend of off-beat, underground, and independently published materials. We carry titles by AK Press, PM Press, Chelsea Green Publishing, Feral House, Autonomedia, Pioneers Press, and many others. Additionally, we host a wide range of events, workshops, film screenings, fundraisers, and presentations. Our vegan cafe offers an extensive selection of organic and fairly-traded espressos and teas, complimented by delicious snacks made locally.

Founded in 1982 by Emöke B'Racz, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe is the region's largest locally-owned independent bookstore. We bring books, coffee, authors, and readers together in an environment that nurtures community, diversity, and the joy of reading.

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  • Address 1 640 Merrimon Ave, Ste 204
  • Phone (828) 575-2266
  • Specialty Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

Our mission is to help raise lifelong readers who are curious, imaginative, and independent thinkers by sharing the magic found when you open a book. In addition to children's books and related items and hosting author events, Spellbound also offers a different kind of shopping experience for families in Western North Carolina. At our store, the "children's section" is the entire store, and we are always available to help connect kids with books they will love.

  • City Title Atlantic Beach
  • Address 1 1010 W Fort Macon Rd #11
  • Phone (252) 240-5655
  • Specialty General Interest

We sell new books, comics, and action figures. We have over 35,000 books for all ages. Come see our large selection of comics and become a subscriber.

  • City Title Black Mountain
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  • Address 1 108 Sutton Ave.
  • Phone (828) 419-0677
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Café/Food, Gifts

Sassafras on Sutton is a bookstore, cafe, & gift shop in downtown Black Mountain, NC.

  • City Title Boone
  • Address 1 471 W. King St
  • Phone (828) 386-1219
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Regional
  • Sidelines Gifts

Foggy Pine Books is a locally owned, independent bookstore located in downtown Boone. We stock new fiction, nonfiction, sci-fi/fantasy, children, teen, and gifts for your favorite bookworm.

  • City Title Brevard
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  • Address 1 36 W. Main St.
  • Phone (828) 884-2424
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Magazines/Newspapers

Highland Books is going strong after 35 years in Brevard, NC! We feature real books for real people and real kids, and we host author events. And now, we're proud to be a Ten Thousand Villages Alliance Store, featuring Fair Trade crafts in our bookstore.

One of Hatteras Island's most charming shops and its only full-service bookstore.

  • City Title Chapel Hill
  • Address 1 UNC Student Stores, Daniels Bldg., 207 South Rd.
  • Phone (919) 962-5060

Epilogue is an independent bookstore and Spanish-style chocolatería that aims to foster community in the heart of Chapel Hill. It is a place for people to gather, whether to cultivate new ideas, learn old ones, or escape into a welcoming atmosphere.

Chapel Hill's independent bookstore: new and used books, a colorful and well-stocked kids section, and events being added to our calendar daily.

  • City Title Charlotte
  • Address 1 1306 The Plaza
  • Phone (704) 344-8611
  • Specialty General Interest

We're a used bookstore at the corner of Central Avenue and The Plaza. We specialize in subjects including: history, art & architecture, classic literature, and fiction. We also have a store cat named Page; she's a little sensitive about her weight.

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  • Address 1 10110 Johnston Rd. Ste. 5
  • Phone (704) 544-8006
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We're a used bookstore in South Charlotte with 50,000+ books. We also carry a limited selection of new books (including school reading list titles). We do trade-ins for store credit toward used books.

Julia's Café & Books is a division of Habitat for Humanity Charlotte. Julia's exists not only to support Habitat, but also to create a place where the community can get a sustainable, conscientious cup of delicious coffee, and find a huge assortment of affordably priced like-new books. We aim to be the best used book store in Charlotte!

For forty years Park Road Books has been the cornerstone of independent bookstores in Charlotte, North Carolina. Frequent recipient of Creative Loafing's Best in Charlotte Readers' Pick award, Park Road Books prides itself on finding the right book for the right person. Stop in seven days a week to discover your next favorite!

Main Street Books is an independent bookstore located in the heart of historic Davidson.

  • City Title Duck
  • Address 1 1240 Duck Rd.
  • Phone (252) 261-5510
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea

Duck's most popular coffee shop and the Outer Banks's most independent bookstore under the same roof!

Island Bookstore is an independent, three-store chain on the Northern Outer Banks, here to serve readers!

Used bookstore with used books and music, new comics and graphic novels.

Used, new, and children’s books at 2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd in the same building as Guglhupf!

  • Address 1 Duke University
  • Phone (919) 684-3986

Durham's downtown bookstore specializing in used, new, and children's books!

Durham's locally owned, independent bookstore since 1976. Selling new and used books of all genres as well as magazines, note cards, gifts, and more!

  • City Title Edenton
  • Address 1 103 E. King St.
  • Phone (252) 482-7323
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

With a great and growing collection of gently-used and well-priced books, CDs, and DVDs, the Garden of Readin' is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Antiquarian and rare books, plus regional interest new books, cards, and gifts. Relax, browse, and enjoy a pot of organic, loose-leaf tea or locally-roasted coffee. Free Wi-Fi. Recycle your books, DVDs & CDs with us for store credit.

  • City Title Elizabeth City
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  • Address 1 111 S. Water St.
  • Phone (252) 335-7243
  • Specialty General Interest, Alternative/Political, Art, Children's, Educational, Feminist, Literary, Metaphysical/New Age, Mystery, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
We are an indie bookstore located on the historic waterfront of Elizabeth City NC. We are a full service store, we host authors, poets, music & children's events.

Emerald Isle Books is a family owned indie bookstore. Established in 1989 it has been a destination for many readers in the Southern Outer Banks.

We're a downtown bookstore with a good selection of classics, contemporary fiction, and nonfiction books of local interest. We also carry art by local artists.

  • City Title Franklin
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  • Address 1 60 East Main Street
  • Phone (828) 369-7942
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

Books Unlimited is an independently owned, local bookstore. We offer a wide selection of new and used books as well as a variety of cards, calendars, and gift items.

  • Address 1 1781 Georgia Rd.
  • Phone (828) 369-9059
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Toys/Games

A Novel Escape (formerly Millie's Used Books) sells used books, DVD's, audiobooks, and puzzles in beautiful Franklin, NC.

  • Address 1 70 E. Main St.
  • Phone (828) 369-7942
  • Specialty Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

Unlimited Books for Kids is an independent children's only bookstore. We cater to children from 0 to 12 years old. This was a department in Books Unlimited which we moved to it's own location. We now have the space to do all the fun things you want to do in a children's store. We hope to provide a much needed service since Indie children's bookstores have become rare. We place special orders and do out-of-print searches to help you find your special children's book, as well as hosting puppet shows, story times, and Mommy-to-Be Registry.

  • City Title Grandy
  • Address 1 6580 Caratoke Hwy.
  • Phone (252) 202-2454
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Read 'em & Weep is an independent bookshop in Grandy, North Carolina, offering a large inventory of used books in all genres.

Since 1981 John Neal, Bookseller has supplied calligraphers, lettering artists, illuminators, bookbinders, type and papercraft enthusiasts worldwide with books, tools, and materials. We also publish Letter Arts Review, a full-color journal on the lettering arts, and Bound & Lettered, a quarterly magazine on making books and making letters.

Over 10,000 square feet of used books, movies, music, videogames, electronics, gifts, action figures, textbooks, and more! Located on Battleground Avenue in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Greensboro's premier independent bookstore with a lively café that offers coffee, wine, beer, and some of the Piedmont's most delicious food. The bookstore offers a wide selection of approximately 10,000 hand-picked quality titles that will impress even the most learned reader and Scuppernong Books also displays and sells art from some of the region’s leading artists. 

Children’s/YA Bookshop in Greensboro, NC

We are an independent mini bookery and gift shop in Henderson, NC. We carry books for all ages, including picture books and fun books for kids, but we are primarily a pampering hub for women, including bath & body items, candles, women's fiction, and so much more.

  • City Title High Point
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  • Address 1 1101 N. Main St. Ste. 202
  • Phone (336) 397-3755
  • Specialty General Interest

We are an independent bookstore in High Point, NC. Visit our website for our calendar of upcoming events.

A wide range of used and new books, including fiction, poetry, art, history, religion, reference, games,cooking, natural history and North Carolina subjects. The store hosts readings and signings. Like the Paris store, there is a writer's guest house for visiting authors. We will order any books that are not available in the shop.

  • City Title Hillsborough
  • Address 1 109 W King St.
  • Phone (919) 732-1711
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  • City Title Kitty Hawk
  • Address 1 3712 N. Croatan Hwy.
  • Phone (252) 255-5590
  • City Title Lenoir
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  • Address 1 210 Main St. NW
  • Phone (828) 572-7475
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

We are Western North Carolina's one and only $1.00 Bookstore!

  • City Title Louisburg
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  • Address 1 103 W. Nash St.
  • Phone (919) 496-6030
  • Specialty General Interest, Art, Literary
  • Sidelines Artwork, Coffee/Tea

Small cozy shop with full coffee service, excellent selection of books and wireless internet. Local art and pottery for sale. Plenty of space to sit down, meet a friend or make a new one. We'll special-order any book you are looking for. Reasonable prices.

  • City Title Manteo
  • Address 1 105 Sir Walter Raleigh St.
  • Phone (252) 473-1056
  • Specialty General Interest

Putting the right books in the right hands at the right time. Celebrating five years of eclectic independent bookselling in 2017!

  • City Title Monroe
  • Address 1 3513 Hwy 74
  • Phone (704) 282-0646
  • Specialty General Interest

Used and new books for sale. We trade books for store credit. Come in, browse, and have a cup of coffee and donut on us while you shop or just visit!

Located on the Morehead City Waterfront, Dee Gee's is one of the oldest businesses in Carteret County and the oldest continually-operating bookstore in North Carolina. Dee Gee’s Books and Gifts has been a mainstay for locals and tourists alike.

  • City Title Morganton
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  • Address 1 120 N. Sterling St.
  • Phone (828) 475-6955
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts

Our goal is to be your favorite, local independent bookstore for Burke and surrounding counties by getting to know our customers and your reading interests. In addition to books, we offer book-related gifts and educational items as well as author events, opportunities for book clubs to meet, and space for local writers to come and create.

  • City Title Murfreesboro
  • Address 1 301 E. Main St
  • Phone (252) 395-2327
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Artwork

Cultivator: bookstore, art gallery, and a space for community-building. We feature new and used books, art from local artists, and art related events.

Local indie and used bookstore located in New Bern, N.C. We specialize in local authors and artists.

Nestled among live oaks and cedar trees in a charming historic home built in 1898, Deepwater Pottery & Books to be Red come together as the result of a lifelong dream. Located on Ocracoke Island.

  • City Title Pinehurst
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  • Address 1 95 Cherokee Rd.
  • Phone (910) 295-7002
  • Specialty General Interest

Given Book Shop sells high quality gently used books. This 1934 Post Office building has been re-purposed and renamed (Given Outpost) to sell books by day and host library-sponsored events and community workshops in the evening.  A unique historical building that is available to rent for rehearsal dinners and special events. Books sales and rental proceeds support the local free library and museum  - Given Memorial Library and Tufts Archives.

  • City Title Pittsboro
  • Address 1 2000 Fearington Village Ctr.
  • Phone (919) 542-3030
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games

Delighting readers of all ages in Chatham and Orange counties since April 20, 1989! Full service independent bookstore with year round author events.

  • City Title Raleigh
  • Address 1 218 S Blount St
  • Phone (919) 829-9998
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Café/Food

Here and now. Communal beer experiences that exhibit the handof the maker. Brewery, dim sum, book and flower shop in the heart of downtown Raleigh.

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  • Address 1 4027 Atlantic Ave.
  • Phone (984) 200-2489
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Artwork, Gifts, Toys/Games

All of our books are $1 or less! We have thousands upon thousands of books to chose from. We also have authors in the store every weekend!

Used and new books, records, and comic books.

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  • Address 1 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
  • Phone (919) 828-1588
  • Specialty Children's, Regional
  • Sidelines Magazines/Newspapers

Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh's award-winning independent bookstore, specializes in southern & children's lit. We hold many author events for all interests.

A children’s bookstore, art gallery and workshop in downtown Raleigh. Let’s reconnect through the artistry of children’s books.

  • Address 1 3201 Hillsborough St.
  • Phone (919) 828-7024
  • Specialty General Interest, Science Fiction/Fantasy

We pay cash for used and rare books, vinyl records, CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays, and comic books. We do a good business in science fiction and fantasy, Southern history, cookbooks, engineering, philosophy, and math, among many other subjects. Give us a call and we will be happy to look for something on the shelf for you.

An independent bookstore in downtown Raleigh.

  • City Title Rocky Mount
  • Address 1 1151 Falls Rd.
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Café/Food, Coffee/Tea

A gathering place for lovers of books and coffee.

An independent book store in the heart of Historic Downtown Salisbury.

The Country Bookshop is located in historic downtown Southern Pines, North Carolina. We are known for small-town atmospere, and a friendly, knowledgeable staff. Our mascot, Boomer, was designed by local legend Glen Rounds! Please check out our website for more information.

  • City Title Southport
  • Address 1 4961 Long Beach Rd. SE #11
  • Phone (910) 457-9017
  • Specialty General Interest

Books 'n Stuff is the longest continuous running bookstore in Brunswick County, founded in 1987. We sell used books at half price, discounted new books, local interest titles, collectibles books, and more.

  • City Title Sylva
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  • Address 1 3 E Jackson St.
  • Phone (828) 586-9499
  • Specialty General Interest, Regional
  • Sidelines Artwork, Coffee/Tea, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games

Selling new & used books, gifts, journals, maps, and more in Sylva, North Carolina since 1984, and hosting author events. Our neighbors at City Lights Cafe sell coffee and tea in addition to crepes and other tasty treats. Our normal hours are 9 AM to 9 PM Monday through Saturday, and 10 AM to 3 PM Sunday.

  • City Title Tryon
  • Address 1 86 N Trade St.
  • Phone (828) 859-9304
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Regional
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

The Book Shelf has been a fixture in Tryon since 1952. We offer national, local, and regional bestsellers for adults and children, unique cards and gifts for readers, as well as classic toys for children of all ages. Events added to our scheduled daily! Stop in and see us today!

We are a locally owned independent book shop in beautiful Downtown Wake Forest. Hosting author events, book clubs, and more.

  • City Title Waynesville
  • Address 1 428 Hazelwood Ave.
  • Phone (828) 456-6000
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards

We are an independent retail bookstore in Waynesville, North Carolina.

Our Iconic Family Owned Bookstore connecting good people with good books since 1982.

  • Address 1 4418 Park Ave.
  • Phone (910) 452-1107
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

Independent bookstore in Wilmington, North Carolina. New and used books, cards, and gifts.

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  • Address 1 318 Nutt St., The Cotton Exchange
  • Phone (910) 762-4444
  • Specialty Children's, Regional
  • Sidelines Gifts

Two Sisters Bookery is a small independent bookstore with lots of charm and warmth. We have great local and regional titles, unique gifts, and a fun kids department.

  • City Title Winston-Salem
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  • Address 1 634 W. 4th St. #110
  • Phone (336) 747-1471
  • Specialty General Interest

Bookmarks is a literary arts nonprofit organization and independent bookstore connecting authors with readers throughout the year with the goal of creating a community of passionate readers.

3,000 square feet packed with over 20,000 old and used books including fiction, nonfiction in all categories, and ephemera. In addition, we have lots of vintage vinyl and framed art finds along with a variety of unusual antique decorative and gift items.

Over 10,000 square feet of used books, music, DVDs, videogames, textbooks, gifts, electronics, and more, located near the Thruway Shopping Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


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