Bookstores on Cape Cod, Massachusetts


Last change: 
23 Aug 2015


Bookstores are listed Boston-to-tip (more or less).  Cape Cod is a seasonal 
region more than most, so it's even more important to call ahead out of 

Cape Cod 
other geographic areas 

[Note 0:  These lists were started thirty years ago, before search engines, 
Yelp, and so on.  Because those are now available, these listings will 
include only places that are noteworthy, or have substantive descriptions, 
or have been visited by me.  Old "minimalist" listings will remain as long 
as the stores are open, but no new "minimalist" entries will be added.]

[Note 1:  This list includes towns on Cape Cod.  There are separate lists for 
Cambridge and Boston, Western Massachusetts and for the
rest of New England.

[Note 2: I collected these comments from a variety of people.  I personally 
have no knowledge of many of these places and take no responsibility if you 
buy a book you don't enjoy. :-)  Phone numbers and precise addresses can be 
gotten by calling directory assistance for the appropriate city.  Call ahead 
for precise hours, as even when I list them they are subject to change.] 

[Note 3: If you can add information for any of these, in particular 
addresses when they are missing, please send it to me.  *PLEASE SPECIFY CITY 

[Note 4: Area codes change so quickly these days that these may be wrong.] 

[Note 5: I have no idea whether "daily" refers to Monday through Saturday, 
or includes Sunday also.  I suspect it varies from store to store.]   


Cape Cod: 

Shire Book Shop (305 Union, Franklin, 02038, 508-528-5665,  150,000 used books.  Open Tue-Fri 
	10AM-8PM. Sat 9AM-5PM, Sun 12N-5PM.  (Exit 16 off I-495, 
	first left onto Union.)  
Lord Randall Bookshop (22 Main, Route 3A near Route 139, Marshfield, 02050, 
	781-837-1400,,  20,000 used books in 
	an old barn, specializing in New England local history, 
	maritime, and literature.  Open Tue-Sat 11AM-5PM.  
Second Look Books (168 South, Plainville, 02762, 508-695-2555,,  General 
	used books.  Larger than it appears from the front, with 150,000 
	books and with toys and chairs in a children's area.  Open Wed, 
	Fri-Sat 11AM-5PM, Thu 11AM-7PM, Sun 12N-5PM.  
North River Antiques Center (236 Water, Pembroke, 02359, 781-826-3736,  Two antiquarian booksellers, Leslie 
	J. Molyneaux and Indian Fort Book House.  Open Mon-Fri 12N-5PM, 
	Sat 10AM-5PM.
Yankee Book and Art Gallery (10 North, Plymouth, 02360, 508-747-2691,,  
	10,000 used books with special areas such as Pilgrim history and 
	tennis, but general stock as well.  Open Mon, Wed-Sat 11AM-5PM, 
	Sun 12N-4PM.  
The Book Store (222 N Main, West Bridgewater, 02379, 508-588-4774,  100,000 general used books in a ranch house, 
	with emphasis and fantasy, horror, and local history.  Open 
	Wed-Fri 12N-9PM, Sat-Sun 12N-6PM.  
D. R. Nelson & Co. Booksellers (New Bedford Antiques Center, 85 Coggeshall, 
	New Bedford, 02746, 508-997-8800).  Used amd antiquarian.  Open 
	Mon-Sat 10AM-5PM, Sun 12N-5PM.  
Titcomb's Bookshop (432 Route 6A, Sandwich, 02537, 508-888-2331,  Wide selection of 
	used books, with some new children's and Cape Cod books.  
	Open Mon-Sat 9AM-6PM, Sun 11AM-5PM.  [04/12]
Ocean Village Books, Books, Books (435A E. Falmouth Hwy (Rte 28), 
	CVS Plaza, East Falmouth, 02536, 508-457-0976,  General used books; 22,000 volumes.  
	Occasional half-price sales.  Open Mon-Fri 10AM-5PM, Sat-Sun 
	10AM-4PM (5PM in the summer).  [07/03]
Falmouth Book Shop (665 Main, Falmouth, 02540, 508-540-6775).  Next to the 
	Circle-K gas station.  10,000 used books, with bargain books 
	outside.  "Open most days, especially in the summer."  
Cape Cod Book Center (11 Cape Dr, Mashpee, 02649, 508-477-9903).  New and 
	used, specializing in metaphysical and self-help, along with Cape 
	Cod, maritime, and military history.  Open Mon-Sat 9AM-6PM, Sun 
Isaiah Thomas Books & Prints (4632 Falmouth Rd (Rte 28 near Rte 130), 
	Cotuit, 02635, tel/FAX 508-428-2752).  60,000 used and 
	antiquarian  books.  Also prints.  Open summer Mon-Sat 
	10AM-5PM, Sun 12N-5PM; Jan-Mar Fri-Sat 10AM-5PM, 
	Sun 12N-5PM; Mar-May Tue-Sat 10AM-5PM, Sun 12N-5PM.  
Columbia Trading Co. Nautical Books & Artifacts (1 Barnstable Rd, 
	Hyannis, 02601, 508-778-2929, FAX 508-778-2922,  Used and rare 
	nautical books, as well as models, marine art, antique, and 
	nautical gifts.  Open summer Mon-Sat 10AM-4PM, winter most 
	days 10AM-3PM.  [04/12]
Rodney's Books (580 Main, Hyannis, 02601, 508-790-3448).  Used, rare and 
	antiquarian hardbacks and paperbacks.  Open 362 days a year (my 
	guess is that they're closed New Year's, Thanksgiving, and 
	Christmas) and "into the late evening in the summer."  
A Gathering Place (1525 Route 6A, East Dennis, 02642-0880), 
	508-385-5273).  New and used books, specializing in women's 
	literature, gay/lesbian, and New Age books.  Open Thu 10AM-8PM, 
	Fri-Tue 10AM-6PM.  
The Book Seller (84 School, West Dennis, 02670, 508-760-4516).  Used 
	books.  Open daily 10AM-6PM.  
Second Story Books (Antique Center of Cape Cod, 243 Route 6A, Dennis, 
	02642, 508-385-6400).  Antiquarian.  Open Mon-Sat 10AM-5PM, 
	Sun 11AM-5PM.  Closed Wed Jan-Mar.  
Parnassus Book Service (Route 6A, Yarmouthport, 02675, 508-362-6420).  
	New and used books in what used to be a 19th century general 
	store.  Open Mon-Sat 10AM-5PM, Sun 12N-5PM.  [04/12]
Barbara Grant Antiques & Books (1793 Main, Brewster, 02631, 
	508-896-7198).  Open May-Oct daily 10AM-5PM.  
King's Way Books & Antiques (774 Main, Brewster, 02331, 508-896-3639).  
	30,000 used and antiquarian books, specializng in Medieval history 
	and military history.  Open Jul-Sep seven days 10AM-6PM; 
	Apr-Dec Thu-Sun 10AM-6PM.  
Punkhorn Bookshop (672 Main, Brewster, 02631, 508-896-2114).  25,000 used 
	books and prints.  Open Jun-Oct Tue-Sun 10AM-5PM.  
Where The Sidewalk Ends (Main, Chatham).  Quality mainstream fiction, 
	very good nature and history sections.  Also sells upscale 
	souvenirs and very nice French soap!  Alas, no cat.  [06/07]
Yellow Umbrella Books (501 Main, Chatham, 508-945-0144).  Mostly new 
	books, with some used.  Open summer Mon-Sat 9AM-10PM, 
	Sun 10AM-10PM; winter Mon-Sat 10AM-5PM, Sun 11AM-5PM.  
The Book Shed (20 Massasoit Rd, Eastham, 02642, 508-255-8921).  General 
	used books.  Open May-Sep Tue-Sun 10AM-5PM.  
The Farmhouse Antiques, Etc. (Route 6, Village Lane, Wellfleet, 02667, 
	508-349-1708).  Small selection of antiquarian books.  Open "364 
	days a year" 10AM-5PM.  [Closed on Yom Kippur, I guess. :-) ]  
Herridge Books (140 Main, Wellfleet, 02667, 508-349-1323).  "Quality 
	used books in a village setting."  Open seven days 
	10AM-10PM.  [This may be summer only.]  [08/08]
Book Den East (New York Ave, Oak Bluff, Martha's Vineyard, 02557, 
	508-693-3946).  20,000 used books in a converted 19th century 
	carriage barn.  If you have rented a bicycle at the docks to get 
	around the island, they will ship your books home for you.  Open 
	Jun-Sep Mon-Sat 10AM-5PM, Sun 1PM-5PM; Oct-Apr Thu-Sun 11AM-4PM.  



There are also Book Hunter Press's USED BOOK LOVER'S GUIDE TO [various 
regions], seven regional guides to over 7,900 used, out-of-print, and 
antiquarian book dealers in the United States and Canada.  The complete 
database is online and can be searched by location, dealer name, specialty, 
and type of dealer. Access to the database is available on a two tier basis: 
partial access is free, full access is by subscription.The web page also 
includes free access to regional and city maps showing locations with used 
bookstores. For more information or a free catalog, check their web page at

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