Below is a list of the top and leading Bookstores in Columbus. To help you find the best Bookstores located near you in Columbus, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.
Columbus’ Best Bookstores:
The top rated Bookstores in Columbus are:
- Prologue Bookshop -a small bookstore that offers a wide selection of books
- The Book Loft of German Village -a block-long bookstore that has 32 rooms full of different types of books
- Cover to Cover Children’s Books -a bookstore that specializes in children books
- Half Price Books -a chain of bookstores that buy and sell second-hand books.
- Hoffman Books -offers used and rare books
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Prologue Bookshop is a local and independent bookstore located in the heart of Columbus. Founded by Dan Brewster in 2018, this small bookshop offers an extensive and wide selection of book titles. Not only selling books, this shop also host various activities like author event, book reading event and their book club’s book discussion.
Housing staff of dedicated and friendly booksellers, they are out to help the customers find the perfect book that will suit their needs. They also have book clubs that will match your taste and pique your interest. With endless discussions, book recommendations and a 20% discount on the book club books of the month, you will certainly enjoy a visit to this quaint little store and hunt your must-have books now.
Books, Events, Book Clubs
“Clean pleasant cozy. Nice place to stop. Great selection of books. Small location.” – Becky Kay
The Book Loft of German Village
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The Book Loft of German Village is a historical landmark found in the center of Columbus. One of the largest independent bookstores in Ohio, they are situated in a pre-civil war era building that used to housed different stores and shops. Spanning a whole city block, they boast of having 32 rooms full of different books of different genres and titles.
Open daily from 10 AM to 11 PM, you will experience a one of a kind book hunting adventure here. Sprawling with colorful landscapes and brick paths, you will feel an old-world vibe just by walking around the building and its courtyard. Get to experience not only their books but they also have non-book items like greetings cards, jigsaw puzzles, posters and board games that you will certainly enjoy buying as well. Be amazed and get lost on their labyrinth of chambers that are stocked with books. Experience their magic by paying them a visit soon.
In-store, Online Order, Gift Certificates, Events, Reading Group
“Love this place. Friendly atmosphere and helpful staff. Definitely would come back again and again.” – Larry Chiu
Cover to Cover Children’s Books
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Cover to Cover Children’s Books is a bookstore for children, parents and teachers. Established in 1980 by the owner Sally Oddi, this independent bookstore specializes in books meant for young audiences. With their main goal to inspire young minds and encourage them to read, this place has a strong reputation in serving the young readers of its community.
Providing not just storybooks for kids, they also sell different materials and resources for teachers that will aid them in teaching young and active minds. Open to several events as well, they have storytime, illustrator visit and book club discussion for kids and parents. A perfect place where parents and their children can bond and learn something new, Cover to Cover has become a haven for a family of readers and bibliophiles.
Books, Events, Blogs
“What a neighborhood treasure! Great place to take your children or grandchildren! There is even a play table for toddlers while Moms browse for books.” – Laura Pisciotta
Half Price Books
Half Price Books is a chain of bookstores that sell used books, movies, music and video games. Established in 1972 by friends, Ken Gjemre and Pat Anderson they are now a go-to store for your book needs. Boasting of 120 stores all over the country, Half price is considered one of the largest family-owned bookstore in America.
Stacked with a wide array of book titles, they sell everything that was printed and recorded. Practicing ultimate freedom and with a belief that customer is liable and accountable for what they read, they don’t censure the books they sell nor dictate what their customers can only buy. Committed to giving back to the community as well, they are in support of some literacy groups and environmental organizations that share the same vision and goal to what they have.
Books, Movies and TV, Music, Textbooks, Rare Finds, Gift and More, Gift Cards
“Every time I come down to Columbus, I come here. I LOVE this place. They have every book under the sun! They have books for everything and their prices are amazing. I’ve always had good experiences and the staff are friendly, outgoing, and helpful. The environment is great and they have areas to sit and read in. I highly recommend this book store to everyone!” – Sarah Walker
Hoffman Books is a locally-owned and operated bookstore. Located in the heart of Columbus, it is a proud member of the Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association of America. Open by appointment, they buy and sell used but quality books of different genres and fields.
Hoffman Books also sell rare, hard to find and even out of print books so if you are looking for one that falls under this category then you may want to browse their book inventory online. You can check their books by category for easier find, name a category and they surely have it. Do not hesitate to ask one of their helpful and kind staff for a book title, who knows, you might find here the book that you have been searching for all your life.
Books, In-store, Online
“Huge collection of Thurber and the employees had answers to all my questions. I respect their collection and will return.” – Alina Martin
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