We will be closed June 5-9 for family reasons. (Don't worry. We are all well.) 


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UPDATE: The State of Iowa no longer collects covid test results, which means the new-case rate appears to be zero. We will therefore have to keep our mask requirement indefinitely for the protection of staff and visitors; to ensure adequate ventilation between parties of visitors, we will continue to operate by appointment.

We had been referring friends to CovidActNow, which had a group of 3 graphs showing the numbers the CDC used to determine its warning level for our county. However, due to changes in State policy, the first and third graphs are blank, and the second doesn't contain up-to-date information.

We will continue to work on #IndoorCleanAir improvements; we already use MERV13 HVAC filters, a Corsi-Rosenthal box, and a C02 meter to determine when to open windows for additional ventilation.

You can help stop the spread and impact of SARS-CoV-2 - and protect yourselves and your neighbors - by wearing a quality KN95 (or better) mask indoors and in crowded locations. Thank you for your ongoing support, and take good care of yourselves, too!

If you haven't seen our social media - Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram - you're missing out on the majority of our new arrivals, which we post weekly - and announcements about when we're having outdoor events! For example, the outdoor Benefit Sale will return in May, and we're definitely going to do another Puzzle Fair. Check back for more information!


For more information about our pandemic safety practices, visit Covid Safe Network.

We continue to offer shipping, free curbside pickup, and free local home delivery on thousands of books, puzzles, games, and more. Do you have favorite subjects or authors and want to try something new? Try a Surprise Me! bag! Set any budget you like - $10, $50, $76.39, it's your choice - and we'll fill it with books you'll love!
Thank you for your support and caring. We miss you! Always feel free to call us at 319-337-2996, email infodesk at, or drop us a message on social media. We're happy to bring things to the door for your consideration, to make recommendations or check our shelves for particular books - whatever we can make work, safely, we will gladly do.

The Haunted Bookshop, Iowa City's oldest secondhand bookshop, carries over 40,000 used, rare, out of print and antiquarian titles in over 50 different subject areas, including poetry, fiction, plays, history, religion, philosophy, cultural studies, sciences and languages, art books, children's books, literary nonfiction, Iowa-related books, 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.

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

New Books through!

You can now order new books from us through! Here's how it works: search for the books you want, buy them, and have them shipped directly to you. If you use this link to start your search, we receive a portion of the sale. Easy! - Check back soon as we begin expanding our recommendations on the website!