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NewPages Guide to
Indie Bookstores in Wisconsin

The best list of independent Wisconsin bookstores


  • City Title Algoma
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  • Address 1 401 Third St.
  • Phone (920) 304-9214
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's

The Algoma Book Corner sells gently used books, puzzles, DVDs, CDs, and LPs at bargain prices. All proceeds benefit the Algoma Public Library.

Yardstick is an independent bookshop and gallery in Algoma, Wisconsin on the Lake Michigan shore. We carry books, gifts and cards.

  • City Title Appleton
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  • Address 1 310 W College Ave.
  • Phone (920) 738-6636
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty Metaphysical/New Age
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

Unique items and gifts for the body, mind and spirit. Everything from Angels to Zen! Featuring the state's largest selection of sterling silver jewelry and gemstones from around the world. A rare find awaits with angels, crystals, books, music, tarot, candles, incense, aromatherapy, statues, mystical creatures, and Native American and Eastern artifacts. Private psychic readings. Open 7 days a week.

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  • Address 1 293 W. Northland Ave.
  • Phone (920) 734-8908
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest, Alternative/Political, Art, Children's, Educational, Literary, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Curiosities, Gifts

The Book Store features thousands of used and new books. We offer discounted prices on all of our books. Our in-store used book trading system keeps our inventory changing daily. Family owned and operated since 1977, with a knowledgeable and friendly staff we are happy to help you find your next favorite book or author. We keep a computerized inventory of all our books making it easy to help you find what you're looking for.

  • City Title Baraboo
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  • Address 1 526 Oak St.
  • Phone (608) 355-1001
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea, Curiosities, Greeting Cards/Postcards

The Village Booksmith is south-central Wisconsin's premier shop for used, collectible, and hard-to-find books, along with popular fiction, kids' books, and new volumes of local interest. We offer live music, poetry readings, and other free cultural events weekly (usually on Wednesday and Friday evenings). We also stock a wide variety of quirky journals, calendars, and greeting cards. Come visit!

Apostle Islands Booksellers is a full-service, locally-owned, independent bookstore located in Bayfield, Wisconsin on the south shore of Lake Superior.

A well-curated and curious collection of over 2000 used books. Find your next amazing read at Bookworks at Bushel & Peck's.

  • City Title Cable
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  • Address 1 43455 Kavanaugh St.
  • Phone (715) 798-5014
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

While continuing to provide incomparable in-store selection, Redbery Books has gone electronic! Redbery Books also hosts author events, special events, a variety of book clubs and story times, and is also a proud co-sponsor of the annual Northwoods Children's Books Conference, a conference specifically designed for librarians, media specialists, educators and writers, held every fall.

  • City Title Eau Claire
  • Address 1 1602 Hogeboom Ave.
  • Phone (715) 829-0468
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

Local, Women-Owned, Independent Bookstore!

  • City Title Ellison Bay
  • Address 1 12037 Hwy 42
  • Phone (920) 854-2955
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest

Over 90,000 used titles in Ellison Bay, WI.

  • City Title Fish Creek
  • Address 1 9331 Spring Rd.
  • Phone (920) 559-9091
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Artwork

A delightful mix of new and used books for all members of the family combined with an art gallery featuring premier Door County artists.

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  • Address 1 4083 Main St.
  • Phone (920) 868-1467
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty Regional
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

A carefully selected collection of 20,000 used and rare titles, focused on regional history, militaria, Americana, as well as a general inventory of literary fiction, mystery, suspense, art, nature, hunting, fishing, exploration and adventure titles. We also stock a broad selection of new books, journals and blank books, antique and reproduction maps, puzzles, and postcards. We take particular pride in presenting a well-organized stock of clean used books in excellent condition.

  • City Title Greendale
  • Address 1 5300 S 76 St. - Southridge Mall
  • Phone (414) 421-1102
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • City Title Hudson
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  • Address 1 226 Locust St.
  • Phone (715) 220-8818
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

Selling new and used books; journals, educational toys, greeting cards etc. FREE delivery in Hudson area and curbside service. Visit us for author events!

  • City Title La Crosse
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  • Address 1 323 Pearl St.
  • Phone (608) 782-3424
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Artwork, Greeting Cards/Postcards

La Crosse's specialty used, new, collectible, and antique bookstore. We have thousands of titles, and can procure almost anything. Located in the heart of downtown La Crosse, just west of 4th and Pearl, we've been selling books for over 20 years. We have a huge variety of titles and a friendly and knowledgeable staff always happy to help you find something. It's easy to get lost in here! We love hosting author events and community book discussions. We have a comfy reading space upstairs that's open to customers, book clubs, or anyone passing through!

  • City Title Madison
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  • Address 1 1421 S. Park St. #200
  • Phone (608) 441-1957
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy

Popular Culture bookstore since 1979, specializing in mystery and science fiction/fantasy titles and comic books.

We are professional antiquarian booksellers (members of the ABAA) who sell online and by appointment only. Our specialties include literature of all periods, modern first editions, and works of historical interest..

An independent bookstore specializing in mystery. We have a growing selection of local and regional authors, as well as a delightful children's section and regularly hosted events. For people who don't like mystery, we do have a section for you called "Something Other Than Mystery!"

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  • Address 1 315 W. Gorham St.
  • Phone (608) 257-7888
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Feminist, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games

Room offers a wide selection of current and classic fiction, nonfiction, periodicals, graphic novels, local interest titles,  author events, gifts, greeting cards, and t-shirts. We also have strong children's and young adult, women's studies and LGBT fiction and nonfiction sections.

Happily outfitting readers and writers for 17 years. Proudly offering a curated selection of traditional, battery-free books.

  • City Title Middleton
  • Address 1 1834 Parmenter St.
  • Phone (608) 831-5797
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Café/Food

Bloom Bindery is a charming cookie bakery, bookstore and coffeehouse. The Bindery was created from a desire to do even more good in our community. With every cookie purchased, Bloom Bindery will support literacy initiatives in our local community.

In April 2009, Boswell Book Company opened in the former location of the Downer Avenue Schwartz branch. New books, second hand books, bargain books, autographed books, greeting cards, journals, toys and gifts. And lots and lots of events.

Used books, DVDs, videos, and CDs! Well-organized and friendly. Want to sell your books? We make house calls!

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  • Address 1 2710 N. Murray Ave.
  • Phone (414) 963-9089
  • Type New books
  • Sidelines Café/Food, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers

Outwords Books Gifts & Coffee is conveniently located in Milwaukee's East Side, a short drive or bus ride. Coming from Wisconsin Ave., Outwords is two blocks from both the "GreenLine" & "30-Maryland" Bus. Please phone for directions. Outwords Books offers a wide selection of LGBT-related books, videos, music cds, magazines, cards, gifts, author events, personalized customer service plus a cozy Coffee Bar offering lights snacks plus a damned good cup of coffee!

As the last children's bookstore within the City of Milwaukee, we have enjoyed the gracious support of our Washington Heights neighbors as well as the greater metro area. It is our mission to sell quality children’s books in a welcoming atmosphere.

Find hard-to-find books or new releases at Tribeca GalleryCafé & Books. Be sure to ask about our frequent book buyers club, and visit us for author events!

Our goals are to promote a lifetime practice of reading and writing, to provide a forum and resource center for writers/artists in our region, and to increase and diversify the audience for contemporary literature through innovative approaches to multi-arts programming. Woodland Pattern is the only Milwaukee, Wisconsin arts organization presenting contemporary literature to the general public on a continuous basis.

  • City Title Montello
  • Address 1 147 E. Montello St.
  • Phone (608) 297-2200
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest
Located in a grand historic church built in 1875, there is plenty of space to leisurely browse through the wide array of books for all ages and interests. Open in summer from 10-5 and Sundays from 10-4 with free on-street parking, it is an ideal destination for book lovers. Readers’ Realm is a full-service bookstore offering special orders, gift certificates, and a volume discount program. There is a unique selection of gift items and the store offers free gift wrapping with your purchase.

A Neighborhood Independent Bookstore. Featuring new titles in fiction, nonfiction,young adult, and children’s. We also carry a variety of titles for the collector.

An independently-owned community-based bookstore serving the Oconomowoc, Lake Country, and Waukesha area since 1983.

  • City Title Oconto
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  • Address 1 302 Collins Ave.
  • Phone (920) 834-3220
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Mystery, Regional
  • Sidelines Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Toys/Games

BayShore Books LLC is Oconto County's Independent Bookstore. Whether you are looking for new or used, we offer a wide variety of adult and children's titles, along with puzzles, toys, gifts, and journals. Can't find what you are looking for? Let us special order that new or out of print book for you.

  • City Title Plymouth
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  • Address 1 214 E. Mill St.
  • Phone (920) 892-6657
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Alternative/Political, Children's, Literary, Mystery
  • Sidelines Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

Book Heads is a family owned and operated bookstore with books for all ages and interests, greeting cards, gifts, activity books, and puzzles! Special orders are welcome with no additional shipping charges in most cases. Come read the quotes on our walls or attend one of our events! Unplug, yet recharge, with real books!

  • City Title Reedsburg
  • Address 1 190 E. Main St.
  • Phone (608) 415-7323
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest

Main Street Books is an independently owned used book store located in the middle of downtown Reedsburg. Half price books are just one reason Main Street Books is a favorite book store for many locals and tourists, great selection is another.

  • City Title River Falls
  • Address 1 120 S. Main St.
  • Phone (715) 425-6180
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games
  • City Title Sister Bay
  • Address 1 10580 Country Walk Dr.
  • Phone (920) 633-4057
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest

General independent bookshore, fine yarn shop, gallery of local art & jewelry, and provider of games, puzzles, educational toys, magazines, and events.

  • City Title Spring Green
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  • Address 1 102 E. Jefferson St.
  • Phone (608) 588-7638
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea, Greeting Cards/Postcards

The independent bookstore you'll wish was in every town, and the independent-minded cafe you'll be glad to find inside.

  • City Title Sturgeon Bay
  • Address 1 44 N. 3rd Ave.
  • Phone (715) 207-1484
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Regional

Independent bookseller featuring new releases, the NYT best seller list, as well as children's, local authors, and history.

  • Address 1 41 N. 3rd Ave.
  • Phone (920) 600-1692
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Toys/Games

We offer new and used books, magazines, puzzles, trading cards, trains, role playing games, comic books and graphic novels, and more. We offer open game play on Monday evenings and Magic the Gathering played on Wednesday.

New, used, rare, and antiquarian books. We buy, sell, and trade. Custom book searches.

  • City Title Washington Island
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  • Address 1 1885 Detroit Harbor Rd.
  • Phone (920) 847-2565
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts

Open Seasonally Memorial Day - Columbus Day, Fair Isle Books is an independent book and fair trade gift shop with handpicked new books & global gifts. The shop features island and Door Co. authors as well as bestsellers in fiction & nonfiction, adult, and children's literature. Visit our website for news on upcoming events.

  • City Title Watertown
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  • Address 1 401 E. Main St.
  • Phone (920) 206-2885
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea, Gifts

Memories of the Manhattan neighborhood brought to little Watertown, Wisconsin in the form of a book store and coffee house. Espresso, tea, smoothies, Italian sodas, wine/beer, salads, wraps, books, jewelry, gifts, author events, and locally owned and operated. Internet available.

This children’s bookstore, located in The Book Cellar next to Little Fat Gretchen's, has games, puzzles, toys, and great books!
  • City Title Wausau
  • Address 1 505 3rd St.
  • Phone (715) 845-9648
  • Type Primarily new with some used books

Since 1919, Janke Book Store has been in the heartbeat of Downtown Wausau. Janke continues to be the place for books, magazines, stationery, greeting cards, art supplies, author events, a great children's department, and the lower level of bargain books!

  • City Title Wauwatosa
  • Address 1 7603 W. State St.
  • Phone (414) 774-2665
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

Located in the Historic Village of Wauwatosa, The Little Read Book is everything a full-service bookstore should be: dedicated to the fine art of browsing, with a helpful staff ready to help.


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