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NewPages Guide to
Indie Bookstores in Virginia

The best list of independent Virginia bookstores


Harambee Books & Artworks is an independent bookstore based in Old Town of Alexandria, VA. We serve the Washington DC metropolitan area with a wide selection of books, exclusive art, and more, including apparel, educational resources, and community-based events.

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  • Address 1 1555 King St.
  • Phone (703) 548-4092
  • Specialty Children's
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

Hooray for Books! is an independent children's bookstore in Old Town Alexandria. We pride ourselves on knowing children's books and providing great customer service. If you can't find a book you want, ask us! We can order it for you. If you aren't sure what to get, our staff can recommend books for children of all ages. Got an idea or a special event you want to build around books? Call or email us and we'll do our best to help!

Alexandria's new neighborhood bookstore.

Sacred Circle is a peaceful, welcoming shop that honors all spiritual paths and celebrates our connection with the earth. Along with a great selection of books and CDs, we offer incense, candles, herbs, oils, crystals, jewelry, sacred statuary, divination tools, and much more. Sacred Circle's products are purposefully chosen to be cruelty-free and fair trade whenever possible. Our experienced practitioners are available for intuitive readings and energy healings, and we provide a broad spectrum of classes and events. Located in a 200 year old building in historic Old Town Alexandria, we're convenient to the DC Metro and Beltway.

  • City Title Amherst
  • Address 1 194 2nd St.
  • Phone (434) 209-2120
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Café/Food, Coffee/Tea

Baine's is a coffee shop, bookstore, and cafe with locations in Appomattox, Scottsville, and Amherst, Virginia.

  • City Title Appomattox
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  • Address 1 205 Main St.
  • Phone (434) 229-8157
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Café/Food, Coffee/Tea

We are a small coffee/book/cafe/music venue/musical instrument/art store located in the historic district of Appomattox, Virginia. Come visit us!

We opened our doors at this location in 2007, hosting a bookstore, inviting bar, and two event spaces. The Robeson Room, named after 20th-century renaissance man Paul Robeson, the larger of the two, seats about 80 people, and is where open mics, author events, and higher-attendance happenings take place. The smaller events space Paul’s Den seats about 40 people. Paul’s Den hosts our monthly book club and private gatherings.

  • Address 1 4510 Lee Hwy.
  • Phone (703) 522-1022
  • Specialty Children's
  • Sidelines Toys/Games

For more than 30 years, Child’s Play has sold thoughtful toys and books at multiple locations, specially curated to develop children’s sense of wonder and play. Because play is the most important part of childhood. 

  • Address 1 2200 N. Westmoreland St.
  • Phone (703) 300-9746
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

One More Page Books & More, an independent bookstore, opened January 2011 in North Arlington. Enjoy events, activities, and of course, buy books, wonderful wine and chocolate, cards, and gifts at One More Page Books & More. We look forward to seeing you soon!

  • City Title Cape Charles
  • Address 1 401 Mason Ave.
  • Phone (757) 695-3886
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea

Peach Street Books is a place for people who enjoy books and reading. Our building is a historic renovation of a 1930s Pure Oil Station and attached garage of later vintage. PSB includes gently used and new books in its inventory for purchase. Used books are marked at half the cover price or less. We also serve bagels and Eastern Shore Coastal Roasting Company coffee. Reading is both personal and community-creating, and we thank you for allowing us to be part of the process!

  • City Title Charlottesville
  • Address 1 214 E. Main St.
  • Phone (434) 202-0754
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's

The Blue Whale sells books, original prints, and antiquarian maps. We have about 20,000 used books, and hundreds of antiquarian/rare books. We also have 1,000 original prints, especially chromolithographs from the 1800s. Our maps are 18th and 19th century, with the occasional early Virginia map from the early or mid-1600s. The owner also performs appraisals on a regular basis.

  • Address 1 440 29th Place
  • Phone (434) 973-1525
  • Specialty General Interest

Serving Albemarle and Central Virginia since 1924, New Dominion Bookshop is the oldest independent bookseller in Virginia. Located in Historic Downtown Charlottesville, we are a general trade bookshop, with many selections in fiction, nonfiction, and children's books, and with a unique selection of architecture and landscape gardening books. At New Dominion Bookshop, you will find a pleasant, old-fashioned atmosphere and a friendly, helpful staff who are interested in books and readers.

  • City Title Chincoteague Island
  • Address 1 4065 Main St.
  • Phone (757) 336-5825
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Artwork, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

Our inventory includes two floors of new, used and collectible books, an eclectic collection of music CDs, as well as jewelry, art, gifts, and cards made by local artists. We specialize in old-fashioned customer service. If you can't find a book you are looking for, please let us know. We can order most books currently in print and will search our various resources for copies of used books.

  • City Title Crozet
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  • Address 1 2025 Library Ave.
  • Phone (434) 823-1144
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

Over the Moon is a Crozet oasis for readers. We are a general interest bookstore with a thoughtfully chosen inventory of fiction, nonfiction, and children's books. We  also offer a selection of gifts—some functional, some funky—and cards for every occasion. Keep in touch with all our goings-on at our website, where you can also order books online, twenty-four hours a day. We're in the Piedmont Place building (parking in back) in historic downtown Crozet. Come in and say hello and make yourself at home at Over the Moon!

  • City Title Fredericksburg
  • Address 1 805 S. Caroline St.
  • Phone (540) 373-6148
  • Specialty General Interest
Downtown Fredericksburg's best, largest, and friendliest used bookstore. Buying and selling interesting books every day.
  • Address 1 1301 College Ave., GW Annex A
  • Phone (540) 654-1652
  • City Title Front Royal
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  • Address 1 207 S. Royal Ave.
  • Phone (540) 635-7070
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Mystery, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

Royal Oak Bookshop opened in 1975 and has become a favorite of booklovers in the mid-Altantic area. An invitation to browse is generated by thousands of used, out of print, rare, sale, and new books in stock. Virginiana, books for children, and Civil War history are featured, but there is a large selection in ALL categories. Royal Oak Bookshop has an atmosphere of warmth created by a staff of people who care about the book needs of our customers. If a book isn't in stock, the staff will help you obtain it, whether the book is in print or not. Open: Friday - Monday 10 - 6, Thursday 10 - 8 & Sunday noon-5pm. I-66 Exit 6. US 340.

  • City Title Galax
  • Address 1 101 E. Grayson St.
  • Phone (276) 236-9703
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games

Chapters Bookshop has hundreds of new and used books, and we place special orders for those harder-to-find titles upon request. We carry Willow Tree angels, Mama Says figurines, and other collectibles, as well as whimsical children’s lines such as Melissa and Doug wooden puzzles and toys

  • City Title Hampton
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  • Address 1 52 Old Hampton Lane
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's

Locally owned, independent bookstore. New, used, trade.

  • City Title Harrisonburg
  • Address 1 49 W Water St. Ste. B
  • Phone (540) 433-1155
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards

Used books, videos, CDs, DVDs, comic books, postcards and greeting cards, and a free book table!

Books and Other Found Things is the independent bookstore in historic downtown Leesburg, VA. A cozy bookshop with an interesting variety of items, we feature a wide selection of gently used books and the works of over twenty local artisans.
  • City Title Lexington
  • Address 1 29 W. Nelson St.
  • Phone (540) 464-8697
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games
Lexington's oldest independent book and toy store, we're a fun and friendly place to nourish the bibliophile and child in all of us! Books, toys, games, and gifts galore. Most special orders arrive within 24 hours with free shipping. Feel free to post any questions you may have about books, games, or anything else, and we'd be happy to answer!
  • City Title Lynchburg
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  • Address 1 3407 Memorial Ave
  • Phone (434) 845-1336
  • Specialty General Interest, Art, Children's, Educational, Mystery, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Curiosities

Three floors of fun with over 125,000 books at incredible prices. We also buy and trade books. Over 4000 movie DVDs. Locally owned Bookstore for over 25 years. Hours are Monday thru Saturday 10 to 6pm. Please come in and see us, and join us for events; you will be glad you did!

Virginia's largest selection of teaching supplies, toys, new and used books all under one roof. Est. 1976. Check us out; you won't be disappointed!

  • City Title Martinsville
  • Address 1 50 E. Church St Ste 4
  • Phone (276) 403-4380
  • Type New books, Black-owned
  • Specialty General Interest

Books and Crannies is a cozy, independent bookstore located in Uptown Martinsville with all genres available.

  • City Title McLean
  • Address 1 1382 Chain Bridge Rd
  • Phone (703) 448-3444
  • Specialty Children's
  • Sidelines Toys/Games

For more than 30 years, Child’s Play has sold thoughtful toys and books, specially curated to develop children’s sense of wonder and play. Because play is the most important part of childhood. Located in the Langley Shopping Center.

  • City Title Midlothian
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  • Address 1 1318 Sycamore Square
  • Phone (804) 464-1244
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games

Wide selection of books for all ages. We also carry a collection of hand selected greeting cards, Aurora brand stuffed animals, Claire Fontaine journals, and the best socks in the world from Sock Smith.

The Kerbys opened The Midlothian Book Exchange in March of 1986. Still family owned, we offer used books half list price, in-store credit offered at 1/4 list price. Great selection of children's books, nonfiction, and fiction. Special Collections Room with leather bound titles from Easton Press and Franklin Mint, as well as rare kid's series books.

  • City Title Norfolk
  • Address 1 880 N Military Hwy
  • Phone (757) 455-5535
  • Specialty African American

We carry many variations of books and art, both domestic and imported. We have a wide variety of all-natural cosmetics, including Nubian Heritage cosmetics.

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  • Address 1 116 E. Little Creek Rd.
  • Phone (757) 583-2665
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Educational, Literary
We sell all books for 50% off the retail price. DVD's sell for $8 each or 3 for $21. Vinyl records, VHS, and CDs sell for $5 each or 3 for $12. We give half this amount in trade credit for the items you bring in that we accept. We're always happy to look at what you want to trade at any time. Our trade policy is customer friendly. There are no hidden fees and you can use your credit from the Book Exchange and Movie & Music Exchange toward the purchase of anything in either store at any time.
  • Address 1 633 W. 35th St.
  • Phone (757) 314-1943
  • Type New books, Black-owned
  • Specialty African American
  • Sidelines Gifts

We offer a range of products! We have a wide variety of cultural books, metaphysical items, such as, crystals, pendulums, jewelry etc., snacks, skin care products, health care items, and much more. We also offer a wide range of workshops, classes, and lectures from national master teachers. We have presented lectures and workshops from master teachers such as, Professor Griff, Ahra Kwesi, Sara Suten Seti, Delbert Blair, Natural Tahuti, Alim Bey and many many more!

Prince Books, open since 1982 in downtown Norfolk, is located on the corner of Main Street and Martin's Lane in the Towne Bank Building one block from Town Point Park and the Elizabeth River, conveniently situated between Waterside and Nauticus. We offer an intelligent selection of fiction in hardcover and paperback, sections on poetry, history, biography, boating, travel, and a complete children's section. You may also enjoy perusing our books on home design, cookbooks and spirituality. Current events is one of our strengths!

  • City Title Onley
  • Address 1 25304 Lankford Hwy
  • Phone (757) 787-7866
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Educational, Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games

The Book Bin is an independent book store located in Onley, Virginia, along Route 13, the main thoroughfare of Virginia's Eastern Shore. In addition to books, we offer events, a full-service coffee bar (with Wi-Fi) and on-site design and printing. Our shelves are loaded with wonderful toys, unique gifts, and edgy greeting cards chosen specifically to surprise, delight, and amuse our customers. One corner of our store is dedicated solely to local books! Staffed by 7 friendly, well-read, knowledgeable booksellers, we love helping our customers find just the right book.

Located in downtown Orange, VA, we want to keep stories circulating and community bubbling. B2plz sells gently used as well as new books. More info is available on our website.

Serving book lovers for more than three decades from our location at 1623 Washington Plaza on historic Lake Anne in Reston, VA.

Scrawl Books offers a thoughtful and relevant selection of new books for children, teens, and adults in a welcoming space where people can browse, gather, and explore new ideas. We support local literacy efforts and freedom of speech, and strive to reflect and contribute to the diversity of Reston, Herndon, and the surrounding area. 

  • City Title Richmond
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  • Address 1 3003 W. Cary St.
  • Phone (804) 353-5675
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Toys/Games

Bringing brilliant books to growing brains with five and under. Story time 11am every Wednesday.

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  • Address 1 536 Granite Ave.
  • Phone (804) 288-4346
  • Specialty General Interest, Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

We are an old-fashioned book shop which has been serving readers around the world from the West End of Richmond, Virginia for 30 years. We carry both new and used books, feature a wide selection of books in foreign languages, and have many autographed copies of books. We also have some titles listed for sale at Abe Books online. Please browse our books and visit the shop for more.

We stock gently used books and great new titles. We buy books! Come in today to trade your used books for cash or store credit. Don't see what you're looking for in stock? Just ask and we can order it at a great price!

The Fountain Bookstore is a general bookstore in Downtown Richmond, carrying interesting books of all kinds including children's, business, regional and civil war, and cards.

Military bookseller specializing in new, used, and rare books on the American Civil War.

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  • Address 1 11 W. Broad St.
  • Phone (804) 593-6575
  • Specialty General Interest, Alternative/Political, Art, Children's, Literary, Science Fiction/Fantasy

Located in the heart of the Downtown Richmond Arts District. All gently used books are $3.99 or less! A focus on literature, science fiction/graphic novels, cookbooks, and local Virginia history. We pay cash for books.

We're a bookstore dealing in used books, records, back-issue comics, underground comix, and vintage magazines. We also have a large collection of prints, posters, and postcards, as well as some original artwork.

An independent bookstore for people who love books. New and like-new best sellers, hot releases, and classics.

  • City Title Scottsville
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  • Address 1 485 Valley St.
  • Phone (434) 286-3577
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Artwork, Café/Food, Coffee/Tea

We offer a full range of espresso drinks, baked goods, and light fare including quiche and salads. Our book selection is targeted and well organized. Come sit for a while in our comfortable spaces. Wi-Fi is available for customers.

  • City Title Staunton
  • Address 1 102 W. Beverly St.
  • Phone (540) 712-7941
  • Specialty General Interest

We're a local and veteran-owned, independent new and used bookstore in Staunton, VA. Drop by and find a new read or a cherished memory. We have everything from kids books to history books, and can help you find your next favorite. We organize our book-buying days ahead of time, so check out the event calendar at our website for more information.

  • City Title Vienna
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  • Address 1 110 Church St NW
  • Phone (571) 459-2653
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Café/Food

Bards Alley is an independent bookstore and wine cafe hosting events like story time, author appearances, and book clubs, and featuring locally sourced food.

AFK Books has tens of thousands of new and gently used books, movies, CDs, video games, comics, and vinyl records available.

  • Address 1 6220 Indian River Rd B1
  • Phone (757) 523-1399
  • Type New books, Black-owned
  • Specialty African American
  • Address 1 2200 Parks Ave.
  • Phone (757) 771-2275
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

An independent bookstore located in the ViBe Creative District, just blocks from the Virginia Beach oceanfront.

  • City Title Warrenton
  • Address 1 2 Courthouse Square
  • Phone (540) 341-3447
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's

The Book Cellar is run by volunteers for Friends of the Fauquier Library. All proceeds help fund special Fauquier County Public Library programs and cultural events for children and adults. Visit us on Fridays and Saturdays.

  • Address 1 104 Main St.
  • Phone (540) 878-5358
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts

Old Town Warrenton's Independent Bookstore

  • City Title Williamsburg
  • Address 1 421 Prince George St
  • Phone (757) 229-3603
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts

Mermaid Books, the quirky basement bookstore in Williamsburg Virginia has for over three decades been a source for rare, first editions and out-of-print books, literature, history, poetry, art, cookbooks, children's books, vintage postcards and antique prints, and gifts like: jewelry and silver, pewter and brass and many other off-beat treasures.

We buy and sell gently used, out of print, and rare books.

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  • Address 1 7 N. Loudoun St.
  • Phone (540) 667-3444
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Alternative/Political, Children's, Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

The Winchester Book Gallery is the 48-year old, independent, locally owned bookstore serving the northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. As a cornerstone of our community, we offer new books, Local Art, Cards, Book Fairs and Special Orders. The Book Gallery regularly book signings and community events. In addition, we offer everyday discounts for teachers and book clubs. The Winchester Book Gallery inspires, informs and amuses customers with compelling book selections, intriguing movie selections and a diverse selection of other merchandise.


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