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

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

Upcoming Buyer Absence

The book buyer will be absent on Friday, October 7. We will be open as usual, but we will not be buying books on that date. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

Where will the book buyer be? In Des Moines, cheering while The Antelope Lending Library receives the 2016 Iowa Literacy Award from the Iowa Center for the Book, a state program with a mission to "stimulate public interest in books, reading, literacy and libraries."

Antelope Lending Library
If you don't know about the Antelope, you should! It's one of the few working bookmobile libraries in the state. The small but incredibly dedicated crew has made a mission of going to geographically and economically outlying parts of the our community to lend books and provide free programming at sixteen regular stops per week, all summer, with some ongoing events all year. Service is bilingual in English and Spanish, and in other languages as well thanks to volunteers. It's entirely volunteer-run, funded by grants and donations, and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

The recognition from The Iowa Center for the Book is but one of the many awards that the Antelope has received for its outstanding service, but it's a pretty cool one. It is during the Book Festival, but what better way to celebrate the book than to celebrate a small group of people who have, with the support of local organizations but on their own time and power, created a library especially for the people in our community who may not have access to the central one, yet need a library most?

Catch up with more store news on our Facebook page and find fun book-lover links, fiction and history nerdiness, a few opinionated comments on local & national news, and silly overheard remarks on our Twitter feed.

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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