Scheduled Browsing Resumes in October 2021

The Haunted Bookshop Bookshelves
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, including poetry, fiction, plays, history, religion and philosophy, cultural studies, sciences and languages, art books, children's books, literary nonfiction, Iowa-related books, and more.
For the health of our patrons, staff, and brand-new baby, we allow browsing by appointment (see calendar for details). We continue to offer shipping, curbside pickup, and local home delivery on thousands of books, puzzles, games, and more. Have a budget and a theme in mind? Try a Surprise Me! bag!

Thank you for your support and caring. We could fill pages with the many generous things you've done to lift our spirits and keep us busy, and we hope we've helped you in return. We miss you!

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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Sell Your Books

If you want to sell your books, you can bring them to the shop between 3pm-6pm Fri-Sun, or call us for appointment options.

We strongly advise that you call ahead every time you plan to bring books in order to check wait times.

If you have mobility concerns or a large collection (>10 shelves/boxes), please contact us about scheduling a buying appointment at your home/office.

We are still accepting donations of quality used books, but we are not purchasing additional inventory at this time.