Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm
Sunday 11am-7pm

Now On Instagram!
Exclusive previews of new collections, wonders of the book,
unique discoveries of ephemera and marginalia...
okay, and mostly cat pictures.

If you want to sell your books, you can bring them to the shop between 3pm-close Fri-Sun
or call 319-337-2996 to set up an appointment.
A new book buying schedule will begin on April 2 with new walk-in and by appointment hours.
All available appointments until then have been booked.

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. (Appointment openings are limited.)

We welcome all visitors who love books and respect each other.

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When we found out that it supports independent bookstores, our staff switched to

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Welcome to our house

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.

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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