We offer browsing inside the store on an appointment basis when the covid new case rate is under 10/100k/day, or ten new cases per 100k population per day.

An easy way to check the current number is available through Mayo Clinic. Simply move your mouse over the words "Iowa City" to see the rate for Johnson County. Official updates are released once each week, and we check those numbers every Thursday, then post available hours on our calendar.

Please be aware that the new case rate has been significantly higher than 10/100k/day since May, so that's why there are no hours available on the calendar now. We do not make exceptions.

You can help lower the rate - and protect yourselves and your neighbors - by wearing a quality KN95 (or better) mask indoors and in crowded locations. Thank you for your support.


For the health of our patrons, staff, and 16mo baby, we only allow in-store browsing by appointment when new-case rates in our county are below a 10/100K/day threshold. Our mask requirement will remain in effect indefinitely. 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! 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!

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, 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!