Browsing Appointments - Limited

The Haunted Bookshop Bookshelves
It's chilly out - how about a jigsaw puzzle? We have over 400 different puzzles in stock, ranging from 36 to 2000 pieces! Click to browse PUZZLES!

For the health of our patrons, staff, and 11mo baby, we only allow browsing by appointment. We allow limited numbers of masked patrons in by appointment when the case rate drops below 10 per 100,000. Our mask requirement will remain in effect indefinitely.

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. Looking for a newer title? Now you can order new books from us on!

We continue to offer shipping, curbside pickup, and 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! We completely understand your frustration - it's no fun to be a bookstore without visitors - and we will reopen appointment bookings as soon as it's safe to do so. Take care of yourselves, and help us take care of our family, and we will hope to see each other again soon!

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.

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!

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.