Phone difficulties

We are open as usual, but our telephone line is out and has been since Friday. The company says it might be fixed Tuesday. Until then, if you have questions or need us to check something for you, the best way to reach us will be stopping in or sending an email.

We're endeavoring to negotiate faster service so that you can call as usual. Thank you for your patience while we work on this.

A block from our old place, just up the street
from the Bluebird Diner and the Riverside Theatre.

Open every day

Monday through Saturday 10am-8pm
Sunday 11am-7pm

We buy books
Mon-Sat 11am-4pm

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.
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