Closed Thursday, November 24
Closed Sunday, December 25
Closing at 6pm Saturday, December 31
Closed Sunday, January 1

If you want to sell your books
, please be aware that walk-in buying hours
during the holidays may vary from the usual schedule.
At this time (Dec 1-7), our only walk-in buying hours are on Wednesday and Saturday, 11am-4pm.
If you have unusual or large collections, please call in advance or to set an appointment.
Normal buying hours should resume on December 8, but please check for updates.
Shipping Times During the Holidays

In the month of December, we continue to ship books six days a week, so you can count on your order being sent on time - but when should you expect it to arrive?

The US Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines for delivery by December 25, so this should give you an idea of what to expect for what and when you celebrate:
  • First-Class Mail - Dec. 20
  • Priority Mail - Dec. 21
  • Priority Mail Express - Dec. 23
For our "Standard" or economy shipping option, we use USPS Media Mail. Delivery times will vary by region, but we're currently seeing delivery times in the contiguous 48 states of about seven days from order to delivery.
Feel free to contact us about the shipping speed you need, and don't forget - only 8,000 of our 56,000 books are catalogued on this website, so if there's something else you want, we're here to help you find it, 10-8 Mon-Sat & 11-7 Sun. Give us a call at 319-337-2996 or drop us an email!

Welcome to our house

The Haunted Bookshop, Iowa City's oldest secondhand bookshop, carries over 50,000 used, rare, out of print and antiquarian titles in over 50 different subject areas, specializing in poetry, literature, and Iowa-related books, with wide selections of history, philosophy, plays, children's and young-adult, literary nonfiction, and more.

We are located in the Northside district in the historic Wentz House (1847), its rooms lined with shelves and comfortable chairs, its walls offering toys, games, cards, and more. Our friendly and quirky staff delight in helping visitors to find old book-friends and new, and we pride ourselves on resourcefulness and individual attention to our guests.

We're fond of avid readers, browsers, families, students, teachers, literary reviewers, artists, writers, and other good company; we welcome book groups and community organizations; and we delightedly encourage storytelling, reading aloud, book recommendation, puppet shows (use ours or bring your own), and spontaneous performances by visiting piano players.
Monday through Saturday 10am-8pm
Sunday 11am-7pm

We buy books
Tues-Sat 11am-4pm
or by appointment (please call for information)
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