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NewPages Guide to
Indie Bookstores in Ohio

The best list of independent Ohio bookstores


  • City Title Akron
  • Address 1 795 Brittain Rd.
  • Phone (330) 794-2455
  • Specialty General Interest

We have been selling books since 1988 and have been in our present location since 1991. Our inventory includes more than 40,000 hardcover/softcover volumes and about 9,000 mass market paperbacks. While our inventory is all secondhand, a large percentage of our books are in like new condition. We have thousands of out-of-print books as well as many very recent ones. Although our inventory is general in nature, we maintain an emphasis on modern first editions.

  • City Title Amelia
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  • Address 1 65 W. Main St.
  • Phone (513) 900-0932
  • Specialty General Interest, Metaphysical/New Age, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy

We carry the kind of books you'd want if you're leaving the city or just want to survive better where you are, including a goodly selection of religion/spirituality/metaphysics, health and healing, history, adult and children's lit. We are about 10 minutes outside the 275 Circle freeway on the east side of Cincinnati. Hours are mostly by appointment or on weekends.

We are Athens' premiere bookstore. If you're looking for a book, we're the place!

  • City Title Barberton
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  • Address 1 564 W. Tuscarawas Ave. #102
  • Phone (330) 745-9292
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy
A charming 3,000+ square foot used bookstore in a historic building in beautiful Downtown Barberton, OH. A general bookstore with over 80,000 volumes of very good condition use hardcover and paperback books (great selection of romance and mystery) in all categories.

Once Upon a Thyme is a locally owned bookshop providing community for food admirers. In addition to offering a collection of cookbook treasures and unique kitchenware, we also host a variety of food-related events, such as cooking and baking classes and Kids in the Kitchen sessions. We hope to see you in store soon! 

  • City Title Bexley
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  • Address 1 2424 E Main St.
  • Phone (614) 867-5515
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Café/Food, Coffee/Tea, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games

Gramercy Books is a locally-owned, independently-minded neighborhood bookstore located in the heart of Bexley, Ohio. Our philosophy at Gramercy Books is simple: we’re about inspiration and discovery, community and adventure. We connect readers and writers with books they love, and host special events and ongoing visits by authors, poets and songwriters that provoke conversation. Our name, Gramercy, comes from the French words “grand merci,” which translates to “big thanks” or “many thanks.” We’re so grateful. For books. For our customers. And for the opportunity to bring you this experience.

  • City Title Blanchester
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  • Address 1 210 Lazenby St.
  • Phone (866) 744-8093
  • Specialty Children's, Educational
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games

The Book Farm, Inc. is a children’s library book wholesaler. We have been providing the best in children’s literature to schools and public libraries across the country from our Blanchester warehouse since 2000. Recently opened to the public, the outlet store is full of great deals on children’s books, puppets, puzzles, and more. Teacher’s will receive an additional 15 percent off their purchase with a school ID. Outlet pricing and discounts available in store only.

With three locations in Medina County, Ohio, our used bookstores are filled with donated books. Sales support our adult literacy and tutoring operations, and we are a registered 501(c)(3) charity. We have books for all ages and interest levels, and the stores are carefully organized and staffed by volunteers to make shopping with us a pleasure. Our prices are extremely low, as another way of helping support literacy in our county.

  • City Title Chagrin Falls
  • Address 1 29 N. Franklin St.
  • Phone (440) 247-4050
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games

Our three floors are packed with the newest bestsellers in all categories and a wide variety of on-hand titles in both fiction and nonfiction genres. You'll also find a rotating selection of gently used books garnered from our "trade-in events", and our entire third floor is devoted to children: children's books, activities, puzzles, games, and small gifts.

An independent bookstore for independent thinkers. New and used books for all ages, and author events.

Tens of thousands of truly excellent books for expectant mothers, babies, teenagers, and everyone in between. We even have books for grownups!

  • Address 1 8315 Beechmont Ave. Ste. 23
  • Phone (513) 474-1337
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts

Serving bibliophiles on Cincinnati's east side. We sell books and bookish gifts. Whether you are looking for a specific book or just want to browse, come visit this reader's paradise! On Beechmont for over 30 years.

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  • Address 1 7754 Camargo Rd. in Madeira
  • Phone (513) 271-9140
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Educational, Literary, Mystery
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

One of Cincinnati's oldest independent retail bookstores! The Bookshelf, true to its founders' vision, is a friendly, neighborhood conclave where customers are greeted by name and always receive a wonderful recommendation for a good book. Join us for book clubs and author events.

Better quality used books and fine old books. 40,000 volumes of literature, poetry, philosophy, history, art, music, and more. In Cincinnati since 1976.

The Used Bookstore at the Warehouse is the flagship location of the Friends of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Our shelves are home to over 100,000 used books and audiovisual items. Our prices are a fraction of the retail listing, and proceeds go to supporting the Library and promoting literacy in our community. Writing and book clubs meet in our space, and we now host author talks and other programming. We are open three days a week, year-round. Additionally, we have three large book sales per year. Plan on spending some time when you come to visit . . . browsing our shelves is always a treasure hunt.

Cincinnati's locally owned indie bookstore since 1993, complete with coffee, crème brûlée and couches.

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  • Address 1 800 Vine St.
  • Phone (513) 369-6920
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

The Friends' Shop is located inside the Main Library in downtown Cincinnati. Not only do we carry used books, as any good library store should, we also have a lovely collection of greeting cards and gifts. You'll find gifts made by local artisans, Cincinnati and Ohio souvenirs, and favorites like Charley Harper products. Our literary merchandise is what keeps many of our regulars coming back. Your purchases help us support the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Independent publishing press with a small selection of books and oddities located in Cincinnati, OH.

The Ohio Book Store has five floors of books. Opened in 1940, the store stocks books in all fields. The bookbinding department offers restoration services for old books as well custom binding of books.

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  • Address 1 1405 Vine St.
  • Phone (513) 641-2700
  • Type Primarily new with some used books, Black-owned
  • Specialty African American

Smith & Hannon is the ideal destination for African American literature including: biographies, autobiographies, history, children & young adult, poetry, religion & spirituality and much more. In addition to new titles, Smith & Hannon also features a selection of first edition titles available for purchase.

  • City Title Cleveland
  • Address 1 1921 W. 25th St.
  • Phone (216) 298-4411
  • Specialty General Interest

A place to find new books at deeply discounted prices. We are an independent, locally owned & operated bookstore just steps from The Westside Market in the historic Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland. Our selection changes daily. Stop in and visit!

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  • Address 1 2258 Professor Ave
  • Phone (216) 961-0084
  • Specialty General Interest, Alternative/Political, Children's, Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines Café/Food, Coffee/Tea, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers

A bookstore with that lost independent feel—a relaxed, inviting environment conducive to discovery, where quality takes precedence over quantity, where the books marginalized by commercial concerns have a home. If you come in looking for something specific, we will have it or we will find it for you. If you come in looking for nothing in particular, you can lose yourself in a world of new ideas.

  • City Title Cleveland Heights
  • Address 1 12419 Cedar Rd.
  • Phone (216) 791-2665
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

Local Cleveland Heights independent bookstore with a wide selection of adult and children's books, greeting cards, and other gift items.

We have a large selection of classics, mysteries, science fiction, contemporary fiction, and nonfiction. Mac's hosts readings, book signings, author events, book clubs, and writing workshops. We also provide a free community meeting space for groups and organizations.

The Book Loft of German Village is a city block-long store, located at 631 South Third Street, less than one mile south of Ohio's Capitol in the center of Columbus.

An independent bookstore for young readers in Columbus, Ohio established in 1980. Storytimes every Saturday at 10AM.

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  • Address 1 3527 N. High St.
  • Phone (614) 263-2903
  • Specialty Children's, Literary, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers

Karen Wickliff Books, located in Columbus, Ohio, is the oldest and largest used book store in Columbus with recent, out of print, scholarly, and collectible books. We have been in the book business for over 35 years and are located about three miles north of Ohio State University. Fiction, Ancient, Classical, Medieval and Modern History, Science, Nature, Religion, Children's, Art, Poetry, Drama, Folklore, Linguistics, Philosophy, Travel and Military are our main sections with hundreds of titles available in each. We have a Second Store, BOOKHAVEN, in Springfield, Ohio.

Independent Bookstore // Bar // Café in wonderful Columbus, Ohio.

  • Address 1 1493 E. Livingston Ave.
  • Phone (614) 258-4633
  • Type New books, Black-owned
  • Specialty African American

Ujamaa Bookstore specializes in books of facts that transform all readers into the subject of their reality rather than objects.

  • Address 1 1500 Mt Vernon Ave.
  • Phone (614) 321-2476
  • Specialty African American

Established in 1985, Kubik Fine Books sells rare and antiquarian books online, in our brick and mortar store, and at book shows and festivals across the United States.

One Dollar Book Swap opens its doors every weekend 10-6 on Friday and Saturday and 12-5 on Sunday. We work hard each day to sort through thousands of pounds of used books and separate them in dozens of categories ready for you to browse at the lowest possible price. All books cost $1, and bags of bulk children's books cost only $10! We also buy textbooks for cash, accept trade-ins, and have a huge selection of DVDs, CDs, and software!

  • City Title Delaware
  • Address 1 25 W. Winter St.
  • Phone (740) 363-0290
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Educational, Literary
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games

Conveniently located on West Winter St, we are your local family owned and operated bookstore in Delaware, Ohio. Previously known as Fundamentals, we proudly offer the area’s best selection of children’s books. Whether you are looking for educational, fiction, nonfiction, chapter, or picture books, we have them and then some! We are not just a bookstore, though. We also offer a large selection of toys, stuffed animals, and games. We have everything your child needs to learn and have fun.

  • City Title Englewood
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  • Address 1 856 Union Blvd.
  • Phone (937) 832-3022
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games

We are a family bookstore carrying books for all ages and a wide variety, with a speciality in military and history titles. We also carry gifts and puzzles. Visit us for author signings and check out our special book displays, or bring books in for trade towards your purchase.

Used and new books in a charming old fashioned store in Garrettsville, Ohio. Hours vary, so please call ahead if driving a long distance.

We specialize in history, art, and poetry, but also carry a nice selection of books in all categories.

  • City Title Granville
  • Address 1 143 E. Broadway
  • Phone (740) 587-7744
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

Readers' Garden is an independent bookstore in the heart of Granville, OH. Beside a wide assortment of current titles, we offer used books, unique greeting cards, and cool gifts.

Since 1980, Daedalus Books and Music has been the premier source for bibliophiles, independent listeners, and value-minded consumers interested in expanding their book, music, and DVD libraries. Daedalus is well known for its discerning selection of quality books, DVDs, and compact discs at substantial savings. The Daedalus website features thousands of titles in all genres at discounted prices.

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  • Address 1 204 N. Main St.
  • Phone (330) 653-2252 or (800) 968-2685
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

The Learned Owl is an independent community bookstore offering three floors of books for all ages and interests. If we don't have a certain book in stock, we can usually order it; we also offer an out-of-print search service. We have partnered with Kobo to provide our customers with access to over three million downloadable eBooks. Stop by to browse and enjoy our old-fashioned atmosphere, up-to-the-minute book selection, and unparalleled service!

We are an independent bookstore and coffeehouse in Kent, OH. We buy and sell used books, records, CDs, and DVDs, and host a monthly poetry open mic.

  • City Title Kenton
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  • Address 1 314 1/2 W. Franklin St.
  • Phone (419) 767-9231
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Mystery
  • Sidelines Gifts

Eyes is worth looking for with a purpose to find new homes for used books. Eyes also has many new offerings suitable for gift giving for any occasion.

  • City Title Lakeside Marblehead
  • Address 1 202 Walnut Ave.
  • Phone (419) 702-7087
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts

The Fine Print bookstore offers a wide range of books for both adults and young readers.

  • City Title Lebanon
  • Address 1 46 E. Mulberry
  • Phone (513) 934-7934
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Café/Food, Coffee/Tea
  • City Title Marion
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  • Address 1 150 W Center St
  • Phone (740) 387-4630
  • Specialty General Interest, Art, Children's, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy

Books On Center, a used book store in the center of Downtown Marion, Ohio, opened in July 2006. It is located on the corner of W Center & N Prospect at 150 W Center St. in the space formerly occupied by Moloney's Books (closed April 30, 2006). From SR 23, exit on SR 309 and go west 2 miles, 1 block past the Old County Courthouse. Park in front or turn right on the access road next to the Prospect overpass for rear parking.

The Book Store is on a mission to inspire people to read! What we gain from reading a book is invaluable. We are going to make reading fun, inspirational and accessible to everyone. In addition, we are supporting local gifted artisans through The Handmade Marketplace. While you are enjoying a good book you can browse and shop over 100 local original handmade products!

With three locations in Medina County, Ohio, our used bookstores are filled with donated books. Sales support our adult literacy and tutoring operations (we are a registered 501(c)(3) charity). We have books for all ages and interest levels, and the stores are carefully organized and staffed by volunteers to make shopping with us a pleasure. Our prices are extremely low, as another way of helping support literacy in our county.
  • City Title Middletown
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  • Address 1 1385 Central Ave.
  • Phone (937) 683-6492
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Artwork, Coffee/Tea, Gifts

Crab Apple Books is located in downtown Middletown, Ohio. Your source for new and used books, gifts, gourmet coffe, and locally created art.

Are you looking for inspirational books, unique clothing, on-trend home décor, or one-of-a-kind gifts? Visit our store, KiCam Books & Gifts, in Mount Orab, Ohio! You’ll find boutique women’s fashions, home fragrance, and a wide selection of decorative accents, plus rustic antiques and an array of items for kids! You’ll also discover our uplifting and informative KiCam Projects books, published locally, in addition to national bestsellers.

We have been serving readers since 1996. Let us share our love of books with you.

Stop in for all your book needs! New and Used titles available as well as special ordering.

  • City Title Niles
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  • Address 1 6058 Youngstown Warren Rd.
  • Phone (330) 544-5937
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts

We've been specializing in used paperback fiction since we opened in 1978. We have over 20,000 books in stock. We accept good condition books for store credit. As of 2015, we have a new owner who added her own special flare to our already unique shop. We offer writing classes, workshops, write-ins, and host a monthly writer's group meeting. Whether you're a reader or a writer, you have a place here.

  • City Title Oberlin
  • Address 1 13 W. College St.
  • Phone (440) 774-5711
  • Specialty General Interest, Alternative/Political, Art, Children's, Literary
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

MindFair Books, with an amazingly broad mix of new and used books, serves academic and general interest readers and collectors alike, with a full range of services and a knowledgeable staff. Have a question about a specific book or can't find what you are looking for? We would be happy to help you locate the books, whether in stock or to be ordered.

Welcome to Gathering Volumes! We are the new independent, community bookstore and gathering place in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Loganberry Books was established in 1994 as an independent new, used, and rare bookshop, now with over 100,000 volumes and weekly events—and a grey cat named Otis to greet you.

  • City Title Springfield
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  • Address 1 4732 E National Rd
  • Phone (937) 561-0841
  • Specialty Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Curiosities, Gifts

Raven Books is a new, used, and rare book store right outside Springfield, Ohio! Featuring everything delightfully macabre to the dramatically tragic, Raven Books offers a Cabinet of Curiosities for everything you need and didn't know you wanted. We specialize in Science Fiction, Fantasy and the Metaphysical, with a penchant for History and the Classics.

We are a local bookstore that specializes in used, rare and out of print books. Our store is around 4,000 square feet and houses more than 150,000 books on two floors, and 50,000 online. We have a variety of subjects which include: fiction, mystery, cookbooks, history, classics, religion, science fiction/fantasy, and many more.

  • City Title Toledo
  • Address 1 4400 Heathersdown Blvd. #5
  • Phone (419) 389-1155
  • Specialty General Interest

NeverMore Used Books is a locally owned, family run bookstore. NeverMore has over 27,000 Used Books. Our store is well-organized, clean and well-stocked with popular fiction, nonfiction, classics, vintage, and collectable books. Shop local and save! Come in and browse our shelves and let the books find you.

We are an independent bookstore in Troy, Ohio.

We specialize in history, inspiration, and children's books. Our experienced staff can help assist in the perfect book for yourself or as a gift for others.

With three locations in Medina County, Ohio, our used bookstores are filled with donated books. Sales support our adult literacy and tutoring operations (we are a registered 501(c)(3) charity). We have books for all ages and interest levels, and the stores are carefully organized and staffed by volunteers to make shopping with us a pleasure. Our prices are extremely low, as another way of helping support literacy in our county.

  • City Title Yellow Springs
  • Address 1 237 Xenia Ave.
  • Phone (937) 767-9400
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts

We specialize in used books (40,000 of them!) in all genres, but we also have new books, graphic novels, back issue comics, and fun stuff, like greeting cards and bumper stickers. Located in "downtown" Yellow Springs, Ohio.


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