8 Indie Bookstores We Love In St. Louis

 In Culture, Feature

St. Louis’ independent bookstores are familiar hubs for the city’s tight-knit, vibrant arts community. If you’ve been to a reading or two in the city, you’ve likely seen Left Bank Books with volumes at the ready for the author’s autograph, or popped into Dunaway Books on South Grand and thumbed through a used novel or two.

We’re turning the spotlight on stand-out independent bookshops in Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit and Nashville. Read on for the next installment in this series, a roundup of eight awesome St. Louis booksellers.

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Photo credit: Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books, Central West End
The oldest full-line bookstore in the city, Left Bank is a St. Louis icon that gives back to the community through children’s literacy programs. Peruse their wide selection of new and used books or stop in nearly any day of the week for an author reading or book club meeting.

Main Street Books, St. Charles
One of the only independent bookstores in St. Charles, Main Street Books is a small gem run by book-lovers for book-lovers. Their children’s and young adult sections in particular are stand outs.

Subterranean Books, The Loop
This woman-owned shop is a highlight of The Loop. Though small, they have an impressive selection, including well-curated shelves of literature, music, film, pop culture, art and children’s books. Bonus: they sell t-shirts with prints of classic book covers.

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Photo credit: The Novel Neighbor

The Novel Neighbor, Webster Groves
A cozy, charming shop with super helpful staff, The Novel Neighbor carries a range of titles and doubles as a gallery for local artisans and a community gathering space.

Dunaway Books, South Grand
If you love that old-book smell, Dunaway is the perfect spot to let the hours dwindle away while browsing for used, out-of-print and rare volumes. Their varied collection starts with new small-press and local author titles up front, and continues down into the basement.


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Photo credit: The Book Whisperer

The Book Whisperer, Tower Grove Farmers’ Market
St. Louis’ only pop-up book shop, The Book Whisperer delivers quality used books to farmer’s markets and festivals around the city. Follow them on Twitter to see where they’ll be next.

Hammond’s Books, Cherokee Street
A jam-packed used book and music shop with a little bit of everything, Hammond’s specializes in out-of-print books. A mainstay of Cherokee Street’s Antique Row for 35 years, they have an online shop with 60,000 titles you can browse through if you don’t see what you’re looking for in the shop.

The Book House, Maplewood
Located right in the heart of downtown Maplewood, The Book House is a welcoming store chock full of titles. There’s something for everyone in their extensive collection of new, used and rare books.

Cover image: Bruce Dixon

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