Bookstores in Central United States


Last change:
23 Aug 2015

This is basically for the central part of the United States, between the
Mississippi River and the Rockies, excluding Arkansas and Louisiana (which
are in the southern United States list.

There are also separate files for lists for the western United States,
and the Southwest.

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Cities (listed geographically north-to-south, east-to-west) include:
Minneapolis/St. Paul MN (and other MN)
Iowa City IA
Iowa (miscellaneous)
Columbia MO
Joplin MO
Kansas City/Independence MO
St. Louis MO
North Dakota
Rapid City SD
Nebraska (NE)
Kansas (KS)
Comments
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 cities south of the Canadian border, west
of the Mississippi River, and east of the Rockies, but not in the
South.  It also includes all of Minnesota.  Lists for other geographic 
areas are in separate files.

[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
AND STATE.*]

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

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Minneapolis/St. Paul MN (and other MN):

Minneapolis and West Metro:

True Colors Bookstore (4755 Chicago Ave S, 612-821-9630).  Oldest feminist 
	bookstore in the country, according to PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 
	(founded 1970).  [10/04]
Arise! Bookstore and Resource Center (2441 Lyndale Avenue S, 
	612-871-7110).  Radical, left-wing bookstore run by the Arise! 
	collective and volunteers.  It has a good collection of 
	political and historical books and books on anarchism, 
	feminism, developing world history, etc.  One person said that 
	on her visit, the clerk was "less than friendly," but still 
	recommended it.  [04/05]  
Bibliopolis (451 Taft NE, #22, 55413, 612-343-9386).  15,000 used 
	books.  Open "Mon-Sat 12-ish to 7-ish".  [07/07]
Barnes & Noble (several locations in the West metro).
Biermaier's Books (809 SE 4th St, just off exit 18 on 35W near 
	Dinkytown, 612-378-0129).  Has a nice selection of scholarly 
	books, often at very reasonable prices. It is one of those 
	overly-cramped, books-stacked-everyhwhere kinds of places.  
	Open Tue-Sat 11AM-5:30PM.  [11/04]
Birchbark Books (2115 W 21st).  "Largest selection of Native American 
	books in the Twin Cities and surrounding area.  They also have 
	a wide range of fiction books and children's books.  Hists 
	readings.  [04/05]  
The Book House (429 14th Ave SE, 612-331-1430).  Used books.  150,000 
	books.  "Organization is so-so (but supposedly getting better),
	but the sheer quantity of books makes up for this.  If you 
	can't find it anywhere else (or didn't even know you wanted 
	it) this is a good place to shop.  Most books are priced at 
	50% of cover, although true antiques will be more, and books 
	that are over-stocked are sometimes heavily discounted.  Large 
	philosophy, theology, history, writing sections."  Established 
	in 1976.  Open Mon-Sun 10AM-10PM.  [07/07]
Book Trader (5344 34th Ave S, 612-721-5526).  Used books.  Very 
	crowded, but better than a few years ago.  Tobacco and incense 
	still make this a problem for those with allegries or asthma.  
	[10/04]
Bookateria (4175 Lovell Rd, lexington, 763-780-8689).  Paperback book 
	trader.  Open Tue, Thu-Fri 11AM-7PM, Wed 12:30 PM-7PM, Sat 
	10AM-2PM.  [11/04]
BookSmart (2919 Hennepin Ave S, 612-823-5612).  "A good selection of 
	used books.  Not as discriminating as the best Twin Cities 
	stores, but one can frequently find some surprising bargains 
	here.  New arrivals are grouped by day, so one can make a game 
	of guessing why certain books were sold."  Open 7 days 9AM-12M.
Cummings Books (318 14th Ave SE (University Ave SE & 14th Ave SE in
	Dinkytown), 55414, 612-331-1424).  General used bookstore, with
	first floor and basement full of books.  Has a cat and a dog.  
	Open Mon-Thu 10AM-7PM, Fri-Sat 10AM-9PM, Sun 12N-5PM.  [07/07]
Dinkytown Antiquarian Book Store (1316 SE 4th, 612-378-1286).  This 
	store is located near the University of Minnesota.  Modern 
	first editions, Western fiction, decorated covers, somewhat 
	disordered.  There are several other used book stores in the 
	area.  Irregular hours; call ahead.
Half Price Books (Cedar Ave and County Rd 42, Apple Valley, 
	612-431-0749; 5011 Excelsior Blvd, St. Louis Park, 
	612-922-2414; 8601 Springbrook Dr, Coon Rapids, 763-784-1500; 
	and others).  Large, extremely neat and orderly, newer books.  
	Acceptable philosophy and classics.  Open Mon-Sat 9AM-9PM, 
	Sun 10AM-6PM.
Hymie's Records and Books (3318 E Lake, 612-721-3854).  Primarily 
	(vinyl) records, but also used books and weird horror videos.  
	Open Mon-Sat 11AM-7PM, Sun 1PM-6PM.  [07/07]
J & J O'Donoghue Books (1926 2nd Ave, Anoka, 612-427-4320),  Used.  
	Crowded, but nice stock of vintage children's books and 
	mystery hardcovers.  Open Mon-Sat 10AM-5:30PM.  [07/07]
James & Mary Laurie Booksellers (921 Nicollet Mall, 612-338-1114).
	Literary, pricey, ordered.  "Be sure to ask to visit the 
	basement, where the 'good stuff' is kept--first editions, 
	etc."  "Bring a flashlight."  Open Mon-Sat 10AM-6:30PM, 
	Sun 12N-5PM.
Lake Country Booksellers (4776 Washington Sq, White Bear Lake).  
	[04/05]
Leland N. Lien Bookshop (507 Hennepin Ave E, 612-362-0763).  Very 
	neat, good quality, no philosophy.  "It has some nice 
	antiquarian books, like Adam Smith's THEORY OF MORAL 
	SENTIMENTS, for appropriately outrageous sums of money.  Also 
	has books for more reasonable sums.  I found an early edition 
	of Sumner's FOLKWAYS here, which I thought was quite nice."  
	Open Mon-Sat 10AM-5:30PM.  [07/07]
Little Professor Books (2553 1/2 Hwy 10 NE, Mounds View).  A 
	franchise.  [04/05]  
Magers & Quinn Booksellers (3038 Hennepin Ave S, 612-822-4611).  "A 
	large quantity, and discriminating selection of used books.  
	Fairly solid across the board, but especially strong foreign 
	language section. Claims to be the largest used book store in 
	the area; certainly one of the best."  Open Sun-Thu 10AM-10PM, 
	Fri-Sat 10AM-11PM.  [07/07]
Magus Books (1309-1/2 4th St SE (13th Ave SE & 4th St SE in Dinkytown),
	55414, 612-379-7669 or 1-800-99-MAGUS, http://www.magusbooks.com).
	Occult/New Age books.  "A wide range of books on subjects as 
	diverse as comparative religion, aromatherapy and Alastair 
	Crowley.  Open Mon-Fri 10AM-9PM, Sat 10AM-6PM, Sun 12N-6PM.  
	[12/04]  
Mayday Bookstore (301 Cedar Ave S, downstairs, 612-333-4719).  A 
	not-for-profit, volunteer-run, community bookstore 
	specializing in radical/leftist/anarchist/feminist/queer books 
	with a good selection of alternative newspapers and 
	periodicals.  They carry lots of things you won't find 
	anywhere else.  [04/05]
Nicollet Book Store (4237 Nicollet Ave S, 612-822-5226).  Used.  Open
	Tue-Sun 12N-5PM.
A Novel Place (202 CR-81, Service Rd N, Osseo, 763-424-4122).  
	Paperback trader with some new books.  Open Tue-Wed, Fri 
	10AM-6PM, Thu 10AM-7PM, Sat 9AM-3PM.  [11/04]  
Once Upon A Crime (604 W 26th, 612-870-3785).  A great selection of
	Sherlockian stuff and other mystery as well, both old and new.  
	A more active author signing schedule than Uncle 
	Hugo's/Edgar's.  Open Mon-Sat 11AM-5:30PM.  [07/07]
Paperback Exchange (2227 W 50th, 612-929-8801).  Paperback trader.  
	Open Mon-Thu 10AM-8PM, Fri-Sat 10AM-5:30PM, Sun 12N-4PM.
Paperback Writer (3544-1/2 Grand Ave S, next door to Present Moment,
	612-824-3157).  Used, also CDs and tapes.  Same hours as 
	Present Moment.
Present Moment Books and Herbs (3546 Grand Ave S, 612-824-3157).  
	Mostly books dealing with spiritual/metaphysical/occult/health 
	and healing, they also have what they claim is "the largest 
	selection of roots and herbs in the midwest."  They are a 
	great resource for metaphysical books and natural healthcare.  
	Bring a flashlight.  Open Mon-Sat 9:30AM-8:30PM, 
	Sun 10AM-4PM.  [07/07]
Query (Hennepin and Central).  Gay and lesbian booksstore; also 
	general books.  [04/05]  
Rag and Bone Books (17 4th SE, 55414, 612-926-5846, 
	http://www.abebooks.com/home/RAGANDBONE/).  
	Used.  Open Tue-Sat 11AM-6PM.  [07/07]
Uncle Hugo's Science Fiction Bookstore and Uncle Edgar's Mystery 
	Bookstore (2864 Chicago Ave S, 612-824-6347 (Hugo), 
	612-824-9984 (Edgar), http://www.unclehugo.com, 
	http://www.uncleedgar.com).  Good selection of SF in the 
	front (Uncle Hugo's), with the back (Uncle Edgar's) for 
	mysteries.  They have a nice newsletter with upcoming 
	releases.  Bargain hunting galore in the used stacks.  Parking 
	meters go to 6PM, but you can probably use the dentist's lot 
	next door after 5PM.  Half a block from a T stop.  Open 
	Mon-Fri 10AM-8PM, Sat 10AM-6PM, Sun 12N-5PM.  [07/07]
University of Minnesota Bookstores (Coffman Union Store, 300 
	Washington Ave SE, 612-625-6000; Law School Store, Mondale 
	Hall, 259 19th Ave S, 612-626-8569) http://www.bookstores.umn.edu/).  
	"With more than 200,000 titles from 3,500 publishers, the 
	Coffman Union Store is one of the largest college bookstores 
	in the USA.  The Coffman Union Store also has the region's 
	largest selection of health science and medical reference 
	titles."  [11/04]
Walker Art Center Bookstore (725 Vineland Place).  A fun place to look 
	at artsy books.  "For those not familiar with the Walker, it 
	is one of the better museums of modern art."
Wild Rumpus (2720 West 43rd, 612-920-5005, 
	http://www.wildrumpusbooks.com).  
	"An unconventional bookstore for kids."  [12/04]  

One person says, "Strangely, there are few bookstores near the 
University of Minnesota.  The U of M bookstore does offer 10% off new 
books, but you'd hardly want to go book shopping there unless there 
was something you knew you needed to buy.  Used book stores are 
another matter.  There at least 4 good ones within walking distance of 
the U."

Someone responds, "Dinkytown [nearby] does still boast The Book House, 
Magus, and Cummings Books, and B&N is close by."

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St. Paul and the East Metro:

Barnes & Noble (2100 N Snelling Ave, Roseville, 651-639-9256; several 
	other locations in the East Metro).  In addition to the usual, 
	this store has a used book section.  Open Mon-Thu 9AM-11PM, 
	Fri-Sat 9AM-12M, Sun 9AM-9PM.  [11/04]
Book Corner (1524 Woodlane Dr, Woodbury, 651-730-0661).  Used 
	paperback book trader.  Cannot use non-SF credit for SF 
	books.  Open Mon-Fri 10AM-6PM, Sat 10AM-5PM, Sun 12N-4PM.
The Bookshop (1940 Lexingston Avenue N, Roseville, 55113-6401, 
	651-636-3176).  Paperback book trader.  In its previous
	location books were stacked in wire racks, face front, making 
	scanning difficult.  Don't know if this is still true.  Open 
	Mon-Fri 10AM-9PM, Sat 10AM-6PM, Sun 12N-5PM.  [
Chestnut Street Books (223 Chestnut E, Stillwater, 
	http://www.loomebooks.com/index.cfm).  [01/08]
Common Good Books (165 Western Ave N, Suite 14, 651-225-8989, 
	http://commongoodbooks.com/).  Located in the historic 
	Cathedral Hill area, owned by Garrison Keillor.  General 
	new books.  Author events.  [01/10]
Evenstar Bookstore (2401 University Ave W, 651-644-3727, 
	http://www.EvenstarBookstore.com).  "Books and Supplies for the 
	Journey Within."  "This bookstore specializes in not 
	specializing (if they have a specialty, it's tarot.  The woman 
	who runs the store reads and teaches tarot professionally).  
	They have a good selection of books on many metaphysical 
	subjects, plus temple supplies, religious icons, and a good 
	selection of 'pocket rocks' (cheap crystals and stones).  The 
	store also the campus of the School of Sacred Paths, which 
	offers classes in a variety of Pagan subjects."  [This all 
	sounds fairly specialized to me, at least compared to, say, a 
	Barnes & Noble.  -ecl]
Half Price Books (2041 Ford Parkway, Highland Village, 651699-1391).  
	One of the larger and better-run stores in this chain, selling 
	used and publisher's overstock.  The selection is good, and 
	some real bargains can be obtained.  A nice complement to the 
	new Barnes and Noble across the street.  Sections include, 
	among others, technical, mystery, SF, children's (good 
	selection) and art (good selection).  Some very good deals can 
	be found.  Open Mon-Sat 9AM-9PM, Sun 10AM-6PM.
Half Price Books (1731A Beam Ave, Maplewood, 651-773-0631).  Used 
	books.  Open Mon-Sat 9AM-9PM, Sun 10AM-6PM.
Harper's Books (1053 Grand Ave, Suite 108, 651-290-2248).  Modern 
	first editions.  Open Tue-Sat 12N-5PM, but call to confirm.
Loome Theological Booksellers (Old Swedish Convent Church, 320 North 
	4th, Stillwater, 651-430-1092).  Stupendous.  Friendly, 
	helpful staff.
Mica Books (1209 Arcade St, 651-771-1534).  Open Thu-Fri 12N-5PM, 
	Sat 9AM-5PM.
Micawber's (2238 Carter Ave).  "A quaint little bookstore in a 
	Tudor-style house nestled in Milton Square."  General 
	selection with "an English air to it."
Midway Used and Rare Books (1579 University Ave at Snelling, 
	651-644-7605).  "The comics in the front section can be 
	off-putting to those more interested in books, but Midway 
	Books has a wide selection of used paperbacks and hardbacks 
	covering three floors, and a very knowledgeable staff (which 
	has one drawback; they know what their stuff is worth and 
	charge accordingly).  One of the better used bookstores in the 
	Twin Cities."  Open Mon-Fri 9AM-7PM, Sat 10AM-6PM, 
	Sun 12N-6PM.  [07/07]
Minnesota History Center Museum Store (345 Kellogg Blvd W, 
	651-296-4694, http://www.mnhs.org/historycenter).  
	"More than 3,000 books dealing with Minnesota and regional 
	history and biography, antiques and collectibles, American 
	Indian history and arts, genealogy and more."  [11/04]  
Out of Print Book Shoppe (186 W 7th 1/2 block west of Civic Center).  
	"Small and cramped in front, the best part of this shop is the 
	comfortable and homey back room, with a good selection of 
	scholarly theological books.  Owner is a retired professor, 
	and knowledgeable on philosophy and theology."  Open Tue-Sat 
	11AM-4:30PM.  [10/04]  
Paperbacks Plus (2381 N Margaret, North St. Paul, 651-770-0384).  
	Paperback trader.  Open Tue-Fri 11AM-5:30PM, Sat 10AM-3PM.
Red Balloon Bookshop (891 Grand Ave, 651-224-8320, 
	http://www.redballoonbookshop.com/).  Celebrating over 
	20 years as the Twin Cities' best children's bookstore 
	according to several publications."  [01/08]  
Rulon-Miller Books (400 Summit Ave, 651-290-0700).  True antiquarian 
	store. Americana, literature, travel, early books, language.  
	Open Mon-Fri 9AM-4:30PM (appointments preferred).
Sixth Chamber Used Books (1332 Grand Ave, 651-690-9463).  Over 30,000 
	used books.  Open Mon-Fri 10AM-9PM, Sat 10AM-8:30PM, 
	Sun 12N-5PM.  [07/07]
St. Croix Antiquarian Booksellers (216 S Main, Stillwater, 
	651-430-0732).  Large, very neat, fine quality, pretty good 
	philosophy.  Open Mon-Wed 9:30AM-5:30PM, Th-Sat 9:30AM-8:30PM, 
	Sun 12N-5PM.
Terrace Horticultural Books (503 St. Clair Ave, Lower Level, 55102, 
	651-222-5536).  Gardening, horticulture, etc.  Open 
	Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM.  [07/07]
University of Minnesota Bookstores (St. Paul Student Center, 1420 
	Eckles Ave, 612-624-9200, http://www.bookstores.umn.edu/).  
	"Features gardening, environmental, veterinary, Univ. of Minn. 
	Extension titles."  [11/04]  
The Valley Bookseller (217 N Main, Stillwater, 651-430-3385, 
	http://www.valleybookseller.com/).  General new books.  [11/04]  

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Duluth:

Carlson Book (206 E Superior, 218-722-8447).  "Carlson's is large and 
	funky; organization could be much better--the worst example 
	being unalphabetized paperback fiction--there are possibly 
	more than 300,000 books, certainly more than 250,000.  The 
	only new books are THE ANARCHIST'S COOKBOOK and a dozen titles 
	on growing marijuana.  Somewhere between 2000 and 3000 current 
	magazines and journals.  A lot of used vinyl.  Knowledge of 
	staff--fair to good, to excellent, given the right subject.  
	There are plants, many places to sit and 75-foot aisles, a 
	high ceiling, shelves overflowing."  Open Mon-Sat 10AM-11PM, 
	Sun 12N-10PM.

"Duluth has just gotten a B&N, about 100,000 books--five other 
independent booksellers in town have banded to offer discounts and 
referencing. These shops focus on particular subjects--for example, 
Books Bound has an excellent children's collection, more carefully 
chosen than Carlson's, although the two owners cooperate regularly."

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Northfield:

As Time Goes By (425 Division, 55057, 507-645-6700, FAX 507-645-9351,
	astimegoesby@qwest.net).  Used.  "Has a room full of SF pbs,
	mostly old ones, maybe 200 shelf feet.  (Also check out the 
	place down the street -- good children's section.)"  I'll second 
	the recommendation for SF--if you're looking for books from the 
	1950s through early 1980s, this is a great place.   All SF 
	paperbacks are $3 unless marked higher.  Open Mon-Sat 
	10AM-6PM.  [06/01]

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Iowa City IA:

Barnes and Noble (Coral Ridge Mall, Coralville)
The Bookery (523 Iowa Avenue, 319-351-3510).  A hoard of used books 
	crammed into an old house; big SF section.  In addition to 
	books, they have quite a bit of ephemera, such things as 
	railroad timetables, advertising flyers, and such.  Open 
	Mon-Sat 10AM-5:30PM.  
Haunted Bookshop on the Creek (520 E Washington, 319-337-2996).  
	Another hoard of used books crammed into an old house.  This 
	is the best place in town for used art and literary books.  
	Open Mon-Sat 11AM-7PM, Sun 1PM-5PM.  
Iowa Book and Supply (8 South Clinton).  A big campus bookstore, heavy 
	on current textbooks, but with a good general reading 
	selection.  Across the street from the center of campus, and 
	known as Iowa Book and Crook by many old-timers.
Murphy-Brookfield Books (219 North Gilbert, 319-338-3077).  Yet 
	another hoard of used books crammed into an old house.  The 
	best place in town for old technical books.  Good philosphy 
	section.  Open Mon-Sat 11AM-6PM.
Prairie Lights Books (15 S Dubuque, 
	http://www.prairielightsbooks.com).  The best bookstore in 
	town by just about any measure.  The place is currently two 
	floors of books, but they are planning to expand to three 
	floors.  It is hard to find any gaps in this store's stock.  
	[12/08]
University Book Store (Iowa Memorial Union).  The second best 
	bookstore in town, by most measures.  As good a textbook 
	selection as you get, plus a good selection of art, 
	literature, science, and other books.  Also a good place for 
	art supplies.

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Iowa (miscellaneous):

Atlantic:

The Owl's Nest Bookstore (411 Chestnut, 50022, 712-243-7970, 
	theowlsnest@email.com.  [10/04]

Cedar Rapids:

Mystery Cat Books (112 32nd St Dr SE, 52403, 319-363-2179, 
		http://www.mysterycatbooks.com).  Used books.  Current and 
	vintage mystery, SF, fiction and nonfiction, collectible 
	children's books, and signed first editions.  Two cats.  Open 
	Tue, Wed, Fri 11AM-5:30PM; Thu 11AM-7PM, Sat 10AM-4PM; Sun-Mon 
	by chance.  [08/08]

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Columbia MO:

Acorn Books (211 S 9th, Columbia; Ice Chalet Antique Mall, AC exit & 
	Hwy 63 South).  Used.  The main store is located near the 
	university in Columbia.  "Has everything and anything, they 
	stress that they have textbooks.  Genre literature is 
	separated and alphabetized.  A friendly proprietor.  It might 
	have been because I'm a foreigner, but somehow I didn't get 
	that impression."  Open daily.

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Joplin MO:

The Book Barn by Vintage Stock (3128 Main, 64804, 417-782-2278, 
	http://www.vintagestock.com).  Used books, mostly paperback, 
	some new.  Also used video games, CDs, movies, comics, etc.  
	Prices very reasonable (about half on paperbacks with an 
	apparent minimum of $1).  Alpabetizing runs the entire length 
	of the row on each shelf, making for a lot of walking, though.  
	Good-sized SF section.  One of several branches of this store, 
	most called Vintage Stock; others are in Kansas City, KS; 
	Overland Park, KS; Springfield, MO (Caveman); Tulsa, OK; and 
	Springdale, AR.  Open Mon-Sat 10AM-9PM, Saun 11AM-6PM.  
	[06/03]  

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Kansas City/Independence MO:

(All stores are Kansas City MO unless otherwise indicated.)

Barnes & Noble (400 W 47th, 816-753-1313; and others).  Superstore.  
	Open 7 days.
A Better Book Store (549 North Scott, Belton MO, 816-331-9166).  Used 
	books, with large SF section.  
Cook's Books (9071 Metcalf Ave, Lohmans Plaza, 816-383-0333).  New and 
	used cookbooks.
Culturally Speaking (1601 E 18th, 816-842-8151).  African-American 
	books.  Also cards and gifts.
Dog-Eared Half Price Books (3625 S Noland Rd, Independence, 64055, 
	816-833-8889, fireside64055@aol.com).  Half-price 
	used paperbacks, with a few new.  A huge selection of romance 
	novels, if that's your thing; not much SF.  [06/04]
Eddie's (1509 NE Parvin Rd., Kansas City MO, 816-455-5924).  Used 
	books, with fair-sized SF section.  
Foozles (20321 W 151st, Great Mall of the Plains, 913-393-2063).  Huge 
	selection of remaindered books, including a lot of SF.  
Forsyth Travel Library (9154 W 57Th, 816-384-3440).  Travel books, 
	maps, etc.
Friendly's Books (7947 Santa Fe, Overland Park KS, 913-642-6477). Used 
	books, with large SF section.  
Global Connections (4201 S Noland, 816-373-1925).  Travell books and
	accessories.
Grandview Book Gallery (820 Main, Grandview, MO, 816-763-1008).  Used 
	books, with fair-sized SF section.  
Lasus Books LLC (Park Place Shopping Center, 5312 NW 64th, 
	816-505-2665).  Used books, with large SF section.  
Maple Drive Books (5840 Maple Drive, Shawnee Mission, KS 66291, 
	913-671-7999).  Used books, with large SF section.  
A Novel Idea Bookshoppe (118 SW 3rd, Lees Summit, 64063, 816-524-7471).  
	Used and rare.  [08/04]  
Phoenix Books (317 Westport Rd, 816-931-5784).  Women's and 
	alternative books.  Open Mon-Fri 10AM-7PM, Sat 10AM-6PM, 
	Sun 10AM-5PM.  
Read It Again Books (7316 W. 80th, Overland Park KS, 913-648-5065).  
	Used books, with fair-sized SF section.  
The Reading Reptile (4120 Pennsylvania, 816-753-0441, 
	http://www.readingreptile.com).  Children's bookstore.  "They have 
	a superb selection of picture books, board books, books for 
	emerging readers and young adults, both fiction and 
	non-fiction.  In addition, the store sponsors weekly story and 
	activity hours for toddlers and young children, weekly films 
	based on children's stories, weekly book clubs for young and 
	adolescent readers, and frequent author reading and book 
	signings; all free!  From the huge papier mache characters 
	from children's books that hang from the ceiling to the 
	reptile tracks that criss-cross the store, the Reading Reptile 
	is one of the most unique and cool children's bookstores 
	around."
University Bookstore (5000 Rockhill Rd, 816-235-1401). Mon-Thu 8AM-7PM,
	Fri 8AM-5PM, Sat 10AM-3PM.
Whitelight New Age Books (1607 W 39th, 816-931-0116).

Kansas City has a higher percentage of Christian bookstores (based on 
the Yellow Pages in 1995) than any other major city I can remember.

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St. Louis MO (and vicinity):

Bargain Books (1877 First Capitol Rd, south from I-70 exit 228, 
	St. Charles).  Small paperback exchange place.  It's on the 
	serice road--heading south take the exit from the main road 
	to the service road right after Zumbehl.  Open Mon-Thu 
	9AM-10PM, Fri-Sat 9AM-12M, Sun 11AM-10PM.  [04/07]
Barnes & Noble (several locations).
Betty's Books & Collector Comics (1520 Gravois Rd, 63049, 636-677-3197).   
	Same magnitude of numbers in paperback and hardcover SF as 
	Pam's Books.  Key difference is that all hardcover books are 
	alphabetized and some are wrapped in near mint condition (and 
	priced accordingly).  (Gravois Road parallels Route 30 at this 
	location and the store is a few miles west of Route 141.) 
Big Sleep Books (239 N Euclid north of Lindell, 314-361-6100, 
	http://www.bigsleepbooks.com).  Mysteries.  [06/04]
The Book House (9719 Manchester, http://www.BookHouseSTL.com).  
	"A very crowded bookstore, in an old house, hence the name.  
	It's probably got a larger stock than Patten Books, and it's 
	fairly well organized: fully alphabetized and all, 
	organization constrained only by the crowding: some sections 
	have 'overflow' piles on the floor.  They also have a small 
	but nice selection of pre-1950 fiction, good old popular 
	literature like Jeffery Farnol.  
Book Rack (14560 Manchester Rd a few miles west of Route 141, 63011, 
	636-394-1233).  Large selection of SF paperbacks 
	alphabetized.  No hardcover books. 
Books-a-Million (St. Louis Mills).
Dunaway Books (3111 S Grand, 314-771-7150, 
	http://www.dunawaybooks.com/).  A clean, spacious store with 
	a large used general stock; particularly strong in literature, 
	literary criticism, and history.  [03/06]
Not Just a Bookstore (4507 Manchester Ave).  [02/11]
Left Bank Books (399 N Euclid in the Central West End, 314-367-6731, 
	FAX 314-367-3256, also a downtown location http://www.left-bank.com).  
	New and used general bookstore.  "Large and comfortable with a 
	friendly, knowledgeable staff.  SF is downstairs and features 
	one of the better offerings of hardback and trade paperbacks 
	in stock, but the regular paperback shelves are somewhat 
	limited in this genre.  Still, it is always a delight to go to 
	this store and I always end up spending more time/money there 
	than I planned."  [I would not describe it as "large", though 
	it may have seemed that way before the chain superstores 
	started popping up.  I found it smaller and less interesting 
	than many of the other classic independent bookstores around 
	the country.  However, the fact that it carries both new and 
	used makes it of interest.  -ecl]  Open Mon-Sat 10AM-10M, Sun 
	11AM-6PM.  [07/09]
Pam's Books (219 Arnold Crossroads Ct east of I-55, 63010, 
	636-282-2665).  "*Huge* selection of SF paperbacks all nicely 
	alphabetized.  Well over a hundred hardcover SF books, but 
	those aren't so nicely alphabetized.
Patten Books (9040 Manchester Rd, Brentwood, MO, a couple of blocks 
	west of	Brentwood Blvd; look for a blue awning on the South 
	side as it is a little hard to find, 314-968-4255, 
	mail@pattenbooks.com).  "Roomy store, overall quality and 
	pricing are very good.  This is a pleasant, comfortable store 
	to browse."  "The SF section is very extensive, probably their 
	largest single classification, and the books are actually 
	alphabetized by author.  You pay a tad more for all this, 
	about $1 more than typical used prices for paperbacks, but 
	this is easily the nicest used bookstore I have ever been in."  
	Hours unknown, so call ahead.  [Used to be By the Book.] 
Second Reading (301 East Broadway, Alton IL 62002, 618-462-2830).  
	Very large selection SF paperbacks not at all alphabetized.  
	Not advised for anybody except those with hours available to 
	look through all the piles of books.  Owner keeps promising to 
	alphabetize them someday. 
Subterranean Books (6275 Delmar Blvd, University City, 63130, 
	314-862-6100).  Used.  (This location used to be A Collector's 
	Bookshop, but is now a different store with a smaller stock.)  

The Famous-Barr book sale--properly, the St. Louis Book Fair, sponsored 
by the Nursery Society of St. Louis--is now back where it was a few 
years ago: West County Shopping Center (Manchester and I-270).  But 
the sale is now held in the new indoor parking garage on the east side 
of the mall, rather than in a large tent in the west parking lot.  "I 
haven't been to St. Louis in a number of years, but a highlight of my 
graduate student years was the yearly Famous-Barr Booksale.  ...  [In 
this] would be books, books, and more books.  All used at very 
reasonable prices.  The first day you had to pay for admission.  After 
that, admission was free.  In addition, they were constantly 
replenishing the tables so there was not a big advantage of going the 
first day, and you could find new things every time you went.  A 
wide variety of topics were available.  I know this isn't a bookstore, 
but it was a wonderful event."

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North Dakota:

Book Corral (420 Broadway, Medora, 58645, 701-623-4992 or 877-800-4992, 
	ellison@medora.midstate.net).  New and used, specializing in 
	Western Americana and Theodore Roosevelt.  Open 7:30AM-10PM.  
	(I'm not sure if that's seven days a week or not.)  
Twice Told Tales (Route 85, Bowman).  Used books.  I was unable to 
	find this based on the sketchy map of the town I picked up, 
	but I wouldn't swear it isn't there somewhere.  [07/01]
Ye Olde Books (226 E Main, Suite 2, Valley City, 58072-3452, 
	701-845-8721, stanford@ictc.com).  New and used books.  New 
	books are mostly regional authors.  Periodic booksignings.  
	Open weekdays 9:30AM-5:30PM.  [07/03]  
 
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Rapid City SD:

Books & Things (101 New York, in Times Square Plaza strip mall, 
	605-348-4747).  Paperback trader with good SF and mystery 
	selections, in addition to expected gigantic romance section.
Everybody's Bookstore (3321 W Main, 605-341-3224).  General used books 
	in a variety of areas.  Open Mon-Fri 10AM-6PM, Sat 10AM-5PM.
Prairie's Edge (corner of 6th and Main).  Large art, gift, and 
	collectibles store that also includes an impressive selection 
	of books on Native American history and culture.

Badlands National Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Mount Rushmore all 
have books in their gift shops.

Spearfish:

Black Hills State University Bookstore (University St, BHSU campus).  
	"Mostly textbooks but some regional and general interest 
	books."  [11/07]
Book Trader (608 N Main, 605-722-6952).  "Used and regional (Black 
	Hills) books.  A little expensive for a book trader type store, 
	but there were some interesting titles."  [11/07]

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Nebraska (NE):

Antiquarium (309 Water, Brownville, 68321, 402-825-3171, 
	antiquariumbookstore@yahoo.com).  Used bookstore/art gallery.  
	Formerly in Omaha.  [08/12]
Jackson Street Booksellers (1119 Jackson. Omaha, 68102-2824, 
	402-341-2664, jsbooks@uswest.net).  "This a used book store with 
	a fairly broad inventory.  The stock is well-organized, and 
	prices are typical of Internet-based used bookstores, so you 
	won't find any incredible bargains."  [04/04]  
A Novel Idea Bookstore (118 N 14th, Lincoln, 68508, 402-475-8663, 
	http://www.anovelideabookstore.com).  Used and rare, fiction 
	and non-fiction, hardback and paperback, including a strong 
	SF section with vintage books and SF audiobooks.  Also graphic 
	novels and gaming books.  Open Mon-Sat 10AM-6PM, Sun 1PM-5PM.  
	[10/03]
 
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Kansas (KS):

The Dusty Bookshelf (708 Massachusetts, 785-749-4643, Lawrence 
	66044).  Used books.  Very nice selection of good quality 
	books--nothing looks beat-up or mis-used.  Roomy store.  Also 
	has what appears to be a full line of Dover Thrift books 
	for full price ($1-$3.50).  Open Mon-Thu 10AM-8PM, Fri-Sat 
	10AM-10PM, Sun 12N-6PM.  [06/04]  
The Dusty Bookshelf (700 N Manhattan Ave, Manhattan 66502, 
	785-539-2839)..  Used books.  Branch of the Lawrence store 
	(see above); I assume it is similar.  [06/04]  
Raven Books (6 E 7th, Lawrence 66044).  New books; also used 
	mysteries.  Nice selection of mysteries, but a rather small 
	store.  [06/04]  
Watermark Books & Cafe (4701 E Douglas, Lincoln Heights Shopping 
	Center, Wichita 67218, 316-682-1181, 
	http://www.watermarkbooks.com).  New books.
Watermark West Rare Books (149 N Broadway, Wichita 67202, 
	316-263-3007, http://www.watermarkbooks.com).  
	Used and rare books.

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Comments:

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 
http://bookhunterpress.com/.

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