IN-STORE BROWSING (Masks Required)
UPDATE, February 23, 2024: You don't need an appointment; you just need a mask. Knock (or call 319-337-2996) when you arrive, and we will meet you at the door. We are not buying books, though we accept gently used books as donations.
We continue to require masks in order to accommodate the medical needs of our staff and patrons. We also continue to use MERV13 HVAC filters and a Corsi-Rosenthal box to reduce the spread of airborne viruses. #IndoorCleanAir just makes good sense; let's all do what we can to protect each other.
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 are still accepting donations of quality used books, but we are not purchasing additional inventory at this time.
Can't find what you're looking for?
Call or email us! We only have about 7,000 books and 3,000 toys/games/cards on the website so far, and there are more than 50,000 items in the store. Let us know what you need, and we'll check the shelves!
New Books through Bookshop.org!
You can now order new books from us through Bookshop.org! 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 bookshop.org website!