Our house will be closed March 16-April 1

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, specializing in poetry, literature, and Iowa-related books, with wide selections of history, cultural studies and religions, sciences and languages, play scripts, art books, children's books, literary nonfiction, and more.
The storefront will be closed from March 16 - April 2 for the health of our patrons and staff. Thank you for your support and caring. We're working on a resource guide for you with links and contact information for assistance with everything from food to fun in the Iowa City area right now.
We're discussing the creation of a delivery service in the interim. Check back for further information about this.

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-7pm 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), we may be able to visit your home/office. We do not travel outside Iowa City between September and May.