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Independent Bookstores in Wisconsin

NewPages.com guide to the best Wisconsin indie bookstores

Independent bookstores in Wisconsin are sorted by City as you scroll through. If your favorite indie bookstore is missing, please contact us.

Algoma Book Corner

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

Yardstick Books
  • Yardstick Books
  • 317 Steele St.
  • City: Algoma
  • Phone: (920) 487-8174
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
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Yardstick is an independent bookshop and gallery in Algoma, Wisconsin on the Lake Michigan shore. We carry books, gifts and cards.

Angels Forever - Window of Light

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.

The Book Store
  • The Book Store
  • 293 W. Northland Ave.
  • City: Appleton
  • 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
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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.

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

Redbery Books

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.

Local, Women-Owned, Independent Bookstore!

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

Peninsula Bookman
  • Peninsula Bookman
  • 4083 Main St.
  • City: Fish Creek
  • Phone: (920) 868-1467
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: Regional
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
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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.

  • Chapter 52 Bookstore
  • 52 Sheboygan St.
  • City: Fond du Lac
  • Phone: (920) 322-3957
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines: Magazines/Newspapers
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  • Lion's Mouth Bookstore
  • 211 N. Washington St
  • City: Green Bay
  • Phone: (920) 406-0200
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines: Gifts
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The premier independent bookstore in Green Bay, WI. Lion’s Mouth Bookstore features titles for all ages and interests, and offers both new and used books, and fine gifts.

  • Renaissance Books
  • 5300 S 76 St. - Southridge Mall
  • City: Greendale
  • Phone: (414) 367-2324
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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Renaissance Books is a small business chain owned and operated in Milwaukee Wisconsin.

Chapter2Books
  • Chapter2Books
  • 226 Locust St.
  • City: Hudson
  • Phone: (715) 220-8818
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
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Selling new and used books; journals, educational toys, greeting cards etc. FREE delivery in Hudson area and curbside service. Visit us for author events!

Kenosha’s indie bookstore! Blue House Books is an independent bookstore in Downtown Kenosha. Previously a “pop-up” bookstore, we have expanded to a “mini bookstore” at 5615 7th Ave, serving readers of all age groups and genre interests.

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

Daydream Believers Books & Gifts
20th Century Books

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

Madison’s friendliest community bookstore dedicated to fostering literacy. We give a book back to the community for each one sold!

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..

Featuring international books and drinks with a sense of place. Discover your next destination at Leopold’s.

Mystery to Me Bookstore

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!”

A Room of One's Own Bookstore
  • A Room of One's Own Bookstore
  • 2717 Atwood Ave.
  • City: Madison
  • Phone: (608) 286-3827
  • 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
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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.

Bookends on Main
  • Bookends on Main
  • 214 E. Main St.
  • City: Menomonie
  • Phone: (715) 233-6252
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
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We have new and used books in many categories serving the interests of both our local and university audiences. Adult fiction and children’s books are our largest collections, followed by field guides, cookbooks, home and garden and Wisconsin titles. Journals, greeting cards, toys, and guitar strings are among our favorite non-book items.

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!

Lion’s Tooth is a brand new bookstore café in the heart of the beautiful Bay View neighborhood. It features small press books and graphic novels for kids and adults. The café serves coffee, beer, wine, small plates and more. Women owned, half Latina, all heart.

Outwords Books, Gifts & Coffee

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.

Rooted MKE is a BIPOC centered children’s collective hub. We will feature a BIPOC & LGBTQ+ children’s bookstore, makerspace and tutoring center.

Woodland Pattern Book Center

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.

  • Readers Realm Gallery
  • 147 E. Montello St.
  • City: Montello
  • Phone: (608) 297-2200
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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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.

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

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

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.

Inklings Used Books

Located in the heart of historic downtown Plymouth, WI. We are a family-owned, used bookstore that specializes in vintage children’s, history, and Wisconsin titles.

  • WordHaven BookHouse
  • 923 N 8th St.
  • City: Sheboygan
  • Phone: (920) 395-2375
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards
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WordHaven BookHouse is a safe place for words. We sell books (new and used), writing materials, greeting cards, plush toys, and local art; teach writing classes; facilitate writer’s workshop sessions; and host literary and community events 

Northwind Book & Fiber

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

Arcadia Books
  • Arcadia Books
  • 102 E. Jefferson St.
  • City: Spring Green
  • Phone: (608) 588-7638
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Coffee/Tea, Greeting Cards/Postcards
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The independent bookstore you’ll wish was in every town, and the independent-minded cafe you’ll be glad to find inside.

Kindred Spirit Books
  • Kindred Spirit Books
  • 1028 Main St.
  • City: Stevens Point
  • Phone: (715) 342-4891
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Alternative/Political, Children's, Metaphysical/New Age, Regional
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
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We’ve been selling new books, gifts, local music, and artwork since 1997. We’re a full-service bookseller conveniently located in historic downtown Stevens Point with ample free parking on Main Street and in free municipal lots nearby. Our downtown neighborhood also has a wide selection of places to eat and other shopping venues, so there is plenty to see and do. Come and visit us; you won’t be disappointed!

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

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.

Independent bookshop in the heart of downtown Verona! We partner with local artists to display and sell their work, offer a variety of gift and stationery items, and a lovely community space called the Brick House Studio.

Driftless Books & Music

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

Fair Isle Books & 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.

Find your next favorite read and/or that special and unique gift at our indie bookstore and gift shop located beside the river in quaint downtown Waterford, WI.

  • Literatus & Co
  • 401 E. Main St.
  • City: Watertown
  • Phone: (920)-253-3556
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines: Café/Food, Coffee/Tea
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Located In historic downtown Watertown we are a classic bookstore featuring new, used, and rare books as well as a coffee and tea café.

This children’s bookstore, located in The Book Cellar next to Little Fat Gretchen’s, has games, puzzles, toys, and great 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!

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.