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NewPages Guide to
Indie Bookstores in Minnesota

The best list of independent Minnesota bookstores


  • City Title Alexandria
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  • Address 1 503 Broadway St.
  • Phone (320) 763-9400
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Mystery, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Artwork, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

Cherry Street Books opened in June 2007. We have a wide variety of books for all ages and interests; orders are placed nearly every day and we are always happy to help customers find just what they are looking for if it is not already in the store. We are located in a resort community and enjoy meeting visitors from all over the US and other countries during the height of our summer tourist season. We host several book clubs and offer story time for young children every Saturday morning at 10 AM.

  • City Title Arden Hills
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  • Address 1 3533 Lexington Ave. N.
  • Phone (612) 584-3359
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty Children's, Educational, Feminist, Literary
  • Sidelines Artwork, Coffee/Tea, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

Daybreak Press Global Bookshop & Gathering Space creates a platform for education, activism, and positive community experiences in Minnesota. With a focus on faith, social justice, and women’s empowerment, we provide books from around the world as well as space for community gatherings, events, and regular programming.

  • City Title Austin
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  • Address 1 407 N. Main St.
  • Phone (507) 396-8660
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Café/Food

Sweet Reads is not just your average book and candy store—it's an experience! You'll find opportunities to take pictures inside a train, in a forest, and more. You will also find the World's Largest Collection of Berenstain Bears Museum in our store. The local authors are featured with a wide variety of genres and the monthly schedule includes their readings, Poet's Open Mic, and Book Shares!

Buffalo Books & Coffee boasts the finest books and coffee in Wright County for 23 years.

  • City Title Cambridge
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  • Address 1 114 Buchanan St. North
  • Phone (763) 689-2474
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

Scout & Morgan Books is an independent bookstore, selling new, used, and out-of-print books along with cards and gifts for readers.

  • City Title Duluth
  • Address 1 1831 E. Superior St.
  • Phone (218) 724-3431
  • Specialty General Interest

Duluth's oldest independent bookstore. Locally owned and family operated since 1982.

The Bookstore at Fitger's specializes in Northeastern Minnesota regional books. We also carry new releases, best sellers and nonfiction, as well as children's books and toys. We have a full line of Fitger's clothing and memorabilia.

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  • Address 1 318 N. Central Ave.
  • Phone (218) 606-1777
  • Specialty General Interest, Regional

Located in the heart of vibrant West Duluth, our beautiful space is comfortable and inviting, with author and community events held throughout the year. From our online store you can browse our collection of gently used and new books. We also stock greeting cards, journals, and fun book-themed merchandise.

  • City Title Fergus Falls
  • Address 1 126 W. Lincoln Ave.
  • Phone (218) 736-5433
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

An independent bookstore in Fergus Falls that also features a wide variety of gifts, cards, inspirational items, office supplies, and quick print services.

  • City Title Grand Marais
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  • Address 1 11 1st Ave
  • Phone (218) 387-2315
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Mystery, Regional
  • Sidelines Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

Birchbark Books and Gifts (also known as Birchbark Gallery) is the biggest bookstore on the North Shore! The store also includes kids toys, gifts, women's clothing, food items, home decor, and more, and we also host author events! Our bookstore is filled with a wide array of books for those that love history, local reads and authors, regional books hiking/outdoors, classics, women's literature, popular novels, teen/youth, Native American, children's books and so much more! We also buy used books!  The building use to be an old garage and has been remolded. Come check out the kids play pit!

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  • Address 1 12 E. Wisconsin St.
  • Phone (218) 387-3370
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's

Small independent bookstore on the cool North Shore of Lake Superior with a hand-curated selection of books for book lovers. Give the gift of books! Shop or browse while the kids enjoy our children's nook, sit at the window seat with a new find or an old favorite, or get recommendations from our knowledgeable staff. Author events, full moon readings around the bonfire, and children's story hour details can be found on our Facebook page.

  • City Title Hopkins
  • Address 1 1605 Mainstreet
  • Phone (952) 595-5640
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Café/Food, Gifts

A gathering place for the community to relax, socialize, browse for books, and enjoy MN craft beer. We value diverse perspectives and we will sell new and used books from a variety of authors and genres. We will have rotating taps so that you can try new types of beer from local breweries. Come pull up a bar stool and catch up with family, friends, or a new book.

  • City Title Maple Lake
  • Address 1 63 Birch Ave. S.
  • Phone (320) 963-1918
  • Specialty General Interest

New & used books, videos, music CDs. Also selling sheet music, reeds, drumsticks, and other items for musicians. We opened in Maple Lake in 1985, and then moved to Buffalo for many years. We are happy to relocate back to downtown Maple Lake in a beautiful historic building.

Birchbark Books is operated by a spirited collection of people who believe in the power of good writing, the beauty of handmade art, the strength of Native culture, and the importance of small and intimate bookstores. Our books are lovingly chosen. Our store is tended with care. We specialize in Native American books, art, and gifts, but also carry a wide variety of books for every interest. Adults will love our display table of carefully selected new titles. Kids will delight in the Tree House and Hobbit Hole. Young Adults will find a large selection of books to devour. Our store is lovely and peaceful; our staff, bright and helpful. Come visit us!

Now open 11AM-8PM daily! Boneshaker Books is the radical and progressive bookstore you always dreamed of: good books, book events, and bicycle delivery!

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  • Address 1 1316 4th St. SE
  • Phone (612) 331-1430
  • Specialty Alternative/Political, Art, Children's, Literary, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers

A labyrinthine space of floor-to-ceiling used books in the heart of Dinkytown. Independent book store buying and selling quality books since 1976.

  • Address 1 2903 Pentagon Dr.
  • Phone (612) 788-6570
  • Specialty Art, Children's, Regional
  • Sidelines Artwork, Gifts

Corner Books of Minnapolis, MN emphazies a fine selection of books in the following: art, children books, geography, history, poetry, Minnesota books, signed books, but especially nature books of all kinds!

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  • Address 1 214 13th Avenue NE
  • Phone (651) 243-1756
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An education and entertainment redistribution center. 24,000 used books and a few new ones by local authors. Literary, musical and other events. Meeting space available. Comfy chairs.

Eye of Horus is the metaphysical store in the Lyn-Lake area of South Minneapolis. Tarot Readings seven days a week; call to book! We carry incense, oils, books, and tarot decks. We also offer Reiki and classes.

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  • Address 1 5163 Bloomington Ave. S.
  • Phone (612) 500-4339
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

The Irreverent Bookworm is a cozy and well curated Used & New Bookshop with plenty of comfy chairs to read in, a charming children's book room, and private space for book clubs and writers groups to meet. We pride ourselves on our friendly staff, eclectic aesthetic, and well-rounded stock of reads for everyone.

James and Mary Laurie Booksellers is a used, rare, and out of print bookstore. We also have many classical and jazz vinyl records, and a wonderful selection of graphic art. We are located in the downtown Minneapolis area.

7,000 square-feet devoted to new, used, and collectible books in the heart of Uptown Minneapolis since 1994.

  • Address 1 301 Cedar Ave.
  • Phone (612) 333-4719
  • Specialty Alternative/Political

Providing quality political books to the Twin Cities public at discounted rates. We're also a progressive political hub for events and information on social movements in the area. We regularly host public events, author talks and private group meetings. Find our blog here.


We're an independent bookstore located in the Longfellow neighborhood right behind Peace Coffee Wonderland Park and the Trylon microcinema. We're at 2820 E 33rd St (between Minnehaha Avenue and Hiawatha Avenue) and we're open Monday through Saturday from 12 to 6:30 and Sunday 12 to 4. We've got new and used books. We sell eBooks and those nifty Kobo eReaders. We're very excited to be open and can't wait to meet you!

  • Address 1 1011 Washington Ave S
  • Phone (612) 215-2650
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

Open Book is a home for literary & book arts igniting the imagination of all who visit.

Established in 1975, Paperback Exchange is a locally owned and independent bookstore with over 150,000+ books in stock, and books arriving daily. Our selection ranges from current bestsellers to out-of-print oddities.

We are an independent children's bookstore in Minneapolis with a penchant for Manx cats and chickens (as well as many other interesting creatures living at our store).

Turtle Town Books & Gifts is an independent bookstore in the heart of Nisswa, MN that also sells high quality puzzles, games, and toys.

  • City Title Northfield
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  • Address 1 314 Division St.
  • Phone (507) 222-9238
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Feminist, Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

Content is the indie bookstore serving beautiful, historic Northfield, Minnesota. We pride ourselves on great customer service and a well-curated selection that will surprise and delight readers of all stripes, all ages, and all interests.

Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery is your local, indie bookstore in Park Rapids, MN!

The Willow is a bookstore and gift shop in Perham, Minnesota!

  • City Title Red Wing
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  • Address 1 320 Bush St.
  • Phone (651) 800-2030
  • Specialty General Interest

Since 2014 Fair Trade Books in Red Wing offers used books, fair trade merchandise, and new books in a friendly, inviting location in downtown Red Wing. The bookstore hosts readings, musicians, poets, authors, film discussions, and has a weekly Meet the Author event from 12:00-3:00pm each Saturday.

Collective is a community-driven bookstore and record shop at The Castle, offering a wide variety of used books in all genres and vinyl records.

Located off the lobby of the Kahler Hotel, Peacock Books & Wildlife Art offers a variety of best selling new releases, exclusive books by Lisa Loucks-Christenson and Lisa's wildlife art and photos from her documentaries.

  • Address 1 1518 N. Broadway
  • Phone (507) 512-3074
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Artwork

New, exclusive, used, vintage books, wildlife art, and exhibits.

  • City Title St. Cloud
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  • Address 1 607 W. St. Germain
  • Phone (320) 259-7959
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy

Our primary store was established in 1991, a tiny bookshop, with crowded isles, books to the ceilings, and all the charm and character of a day gone by. Many things have changed over the years—we have moved to a much larger location, expanded our selection ten-fold, and continue to evolve as we transition to the electronic age and Brave New World of bookselling. Despite all of these changes, the commitment to our customers has remained unchanged: To provide unique and top quality books at a reasonable price. Whether you are looking for an antiquarian copy of a collectible book, or a current selection of best selling fiction, you can rest assured that we will put our experience to work to offer the best books and service available.

Books for curious people.

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  • Address 1 1579 University Ave.
  • Phone (651) 644-7605
  • Specialty General Interest, Art, Children's, Literary, Metaphysical/New Age, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Artwork, Greeting Cards/Postcards

Step back in time. Midway Book Store was established in 1965. Our three floor building houses over 100,000 used and antiquarian books of all genres. We have the largest art and photography book collection in the Midwest. Strong in literature, philosophy, folklore, new age, occult, science fiction, fantasy, and military history Huge inventory of new and vintage comics, including Silver and Golden Age. Vintage magazines. A book lovers dream.

We are a full service independent bookstore in the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Locally-owned, independent children's bookstore since 1984. Book clubs, meet and greets, and more.

Storied Owl Books, in the the Mac Groveland / Highland neighborhood, carries half-adult, half-children's books, as well as bulk candy.

SubText is a general interest bookstore with special focus on fiction, poetry, history, and literary nonfiction. Join us for regular author events.

We are a new independent bookstore with a wide selection of books and unique gifts.

Located in historic downtown Stillwater, MN, our brick and mortar bookstore provides readers with fine bindings and first editions to gently used paperback classics.

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  • Address 1 217 N. Main St.
  • Phone (651) 430-3385
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Mystery, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games

Great Books. Great People. Enjoy free WiFi with a view of the beautiful St. Croix River! Shop 24/7 at our website, or stop in to find out about author events, Totally Criminal Cocktail Hour and much more! Monday-Saturday, 9-8, Sunday, 9-5.

  • City Title Two Harbors
  • Address 1 625 7th Ave.
  • Phone (218) 834-9215
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts

In addition to supplying Two Harbors, MN with local art and gifts, we now have a section of the shop dedicated to gently used books: Back Forty Books! As the name implies, you will find most of the used books at the back of the shop, and we also carry new titles!

  • City Title Wabasha
  • Address 1 159 Main St. W.
  • Phone (651) 380-9035
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Artwork

Tucked in the sleepy downtown of rural Minnesota, Driftless Books is home to many classic works of literature, occasional live music, and local artwork.

Located in the heart of charming downtown White Bear Lake, MN, Lake Country Booksellers is an IndieBound bookstore.

We are the longest running bookstore in Winona and we take in used books!


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