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

We buy books
Tues-Sat 11am-4pm
or by appointment (we visit collections on Sundays or Mondays)

When We Buy Books

WALK-IN: 11am-4pm Tues-Sat
Some after-4 appointments may be available on Fri-Sat. Please call at least one day in advance.

COLLECTION VISITS: We can come to visit your collection on Sunday (not before 1pm) or Monday. Currently serving only the area within 20 minutes of Iowa City, though we may consider exceptions for uncommon collections of special interest (Latin, Greek, antiquarian, Irish history, Iowa history, small press poetry). We also prefer to reserve collection visits for persons with >10 boxes/shelves of books to sell and/or who have mobility concerns; thank you for being considerate of their priority. Please call at least three days ahead for a collection visit.

We appreciate your understanding as we continue to experiment with finding a schedule that works for the greatest number of people.

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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