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NewPages Guide to
Indie Bookstores in Rhode Island

The best list of independent Rhode Island bookstores


  • City Title Barrington
  • Address 1 Barrington Shopping Ctr., 184 County Rd.
  • Phone (401) 245-7925
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games

Voted Best Independent Bookstore by RI Monthly, Barrington Books is known far and wide for its knowledgeable book-loving staff, vast selection of books, toys, and gifts.

Located next to the post office, this full-service bookstore offers lots of room to relax and browse. Island Bound stocks the island's widest variety of fine literature for all ages. We are open everyday until Christmas. Call for store hours.

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  • Address 1 2144 Matunuck Schoolhouse Rd
  • Phone (914) 450 9598
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Magazines/Newspapers
  • City Title Middletown
  • Address 1 Wyatt Sq., 575 E. Main Rd.
  • Phone (401) 849-2665
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games

Island Books is a locally owned independent bookseller serving Newport County since 1993. We proudly serve both the year-round and seasonal communities of Aquidneck Island. Rhode Island Monthly has named Island Books the best independent bookstore in Newport County every year since 2006.

  • City Title Newport
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  • Address 1 42 Spring St.
  • Phone (401) 619-3323
  • Specialty Alternative/Political, Art, Children's, Literary, Mystery
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

We are located in Historic Newport across the street from the oldest house in Newport and around the corner from the oldest Synagogue in America. We carry new and gently read as well as rare and hard to find books. We are open year round and carry gifts and reading related items.

Full service new and used bookshop located across from Slater Mill in downtown Pawtucket.

We carry over 20,000 titles in store and have a searchable database with 3,000,000 more at our website. We host many in-store events with authors, book clubs, and children every month. For more complete information, including discount programs, check out our FAQ.

We have have been buying and selling all types of books for over 30 years. We have a stock of approximately 60,000 volumes covering all categories from vintage paperbacks, pulps and collectible ephemera to antiquarian volumes on many subjects. 

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  • Address 1 60 Valley St, Unit 107A
  • Phone (401) 421-4371
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea

Riffraff is a bookstore, coffee shop, and bar in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence, RI. We aim to stock diverse books by underrepresented voices, including a lot of books from independent presses and titles in translation, and especially books that you might not have heard of before. All our events are free and open to the public.

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  • Address 1 240 Westminster St.
  • Phone (401) 273-7900
  • Specialty General Interest, Art, Literary
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers

New, used, and remainders. Located in the heart of Downtown Providence, RI since 2003. We focus on independent presses, academic publishers, art publishers, and other quality presses. New book ordering. Shipping available worldwide. Symposium Records - We also carry new and used vinyl records. Second location - Symposium Books @ Waterfire Arts Center. 475 Valley Street, Providence, RI. Curated collection of Art, Design, Photography, and Architecture.

Home of WaterFire Providence. An unparalleled event space on Valley Steet in Olneyville. In partnership with Symposium Books, bringing you select art titles.

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  • Address 1 107 Ives St.
  • Phone (401) 216-7380
  • Specialty General Interest, Feminist, LGBT, Literary
  • Sidelines Artwork, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers

Twenty Stories is an independent bookstore. Every month the two owners, Alexa Trembly and Emory Harkins, curate twenty new book titles in the genres of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, as well as literary and cultural magazines. The book selection values innovative and emerging writers and presses, as well as established authors in the literary community. During the warmer months, their mobile bookstore, which operates out of renovated vintage van, pops-up in a new location every weekend and can be located with their online schedule, updated weekly, on their website and social media platforms.

  • City Title South Kingstown
  • Address 1 1220 Kingstown Rd.
  • Phone (401) 374-0668
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • City Title Wakefield
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  • Address 1 160 Old Tower Hill Rd
  • Phone (401) 792-0000
  • Specialty General Interest

At Wakefield Books, we are dedicated to providing our community with a friendly atmosphere and a great book shopping experience. We cater to all interests and ages. If you’re not sure what you want, we can help you out by providing information, recommendations, or placing a special order.

  • City Title Warren
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  • Address 1 488 Main St.
  • Phone (401) 368-6827
  • Specialty General Interest

Enhancing the book lover experience in Warren, RI.

  • City Title Westerly
  • Address 1 53 High St.
  • Phone (401) 596-4111
  • Specialty General Interest

Quality Pre-Read Books

Located in downtown Westerly, Rhode Island, Savoy Bookshop & Café is a locally owned and independent bookstore with a great selection of books and helpful, knowledgeable staff. The store opened in April 2016 in the town's old Savoy Hotel and carries a wide range of bestsellers, classics, children's books, gifts, cards and toys. The store also hosts a wide range of author events. Its sister store is Bank Square Books in Mystic, CT.


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