If you’re a bookworm, or if you have a book lover in your life, the Detroit metro area is full of unique independent bookstores that cater to different types of readers. From children’s books to rare and second-hand books, comics to bestsellers, if you’re looking to buy a book, there’s almost certainly a local store that sells it.
Here are some independent bookstores in and around Detroit that you need to bookmark!
These bookstores all over the city, each with their own character, are waiting to broaden your horizons and elevate your bookshelves.
Source Booksellers in Midtown:
If you’re a nonfiction reader, Source Booksellers is your bookstore! Source has been open since 2002 and it has remained in its current building city center Since 2013. This independent bookstore, owned by black and women, sells a variety of nonfiction books.
From history to health, spirituality to social justice, Source Booksellers has something for all your curiosity. They also offer a unique collection of non-fiction youth and children’s books. Sit back comfortably in their comfy chairs and expand your worldview!
In addition to books, Source Booksellers hosts regular community events: author readings, performances by local musicians, yoga classes, and book talks. Check out their website More information on upcoming events.
Letter 27 of Southwest Detroit:
Originally a pop-up bookstore West Village27th Letter Books in Southwest Detroit 2020. Beautiful brick walls, exposed ceiling beams and warm wooden floors give this space a rustic and cozy vibe.
27th Letter Books focuses on highlighting books by underrepresented authors and creating an inclusive and accessible environment. They also regularly ask the community for book recommendations, so if you want to see something specific in a bookstore, Contact the owner!
In addition to selling books, 27th Letter Books hosts children’s story times, poetry readings, open microphones, writing groups, and more!
Pages Bookstore in Grandmont Rosedale:
Located in Detroit’s beautiful Grandmont Rosedale neighborhood, Pages is a curated bookstore with an impressive selection. Plenty of natural light floods in from this Grand River Ave, and the store is filled with warmth and light.
Whatever your reading interests, Pages has it all: fiction, non-fiction, kids and teens. Pages also focuses on hosting Detroit writers, so you can check out all the talented writers in the city. In addition to books, Pages also offers T-shirts, postcards, periodicals, and more.
In addition to hosting author readings and book talks, Pages Bookstore also has its own book club. If you are interested in joining the reader community, You can learn more here. Last but not least, Pages is home to the resident cat Pip. While reading the bookshelf, you can pet their cute cats!
Midnight Refuge in Milwaukee Junction:
Comic book lovers, this is for you. Recently relocated from downtown Detroit to near Junction in Milwaukee, Midnight Refuge is a one-of-a-kind comic book store. Located on the corner of East Grand Blvd and Oakland, the Vault of Midnight is filled with comics, graphic novels, manga, costumes, figurines, keychains, and more.
In addition to in-store merchandise, Vault of Midnight offers a wide range of services, including comic subscriptions, special orders, and comic book reviews and purchases. They also provide support for educators and librarians to build and curate their choice of comics and graphic novels!
Midnight Shelter has two additional locations, one in Ann Arbor and the other in Grand Rapids.
John K. King Books:
John K King Books is both a store and an experience. Located on the western edge of downtown Detroit, this used bookstore holds the title of Michigan’s largest used bookstore.
In terms of size, the four floors of John K King Books hold more than one million books. If this sounds overwhelming, it is (in the best possible way).Be sure to grab one of them when you enter the store map Walk you through their rows of books. Whatever your niche interests – gardening, film and theatre, alternative medicine, classics – John K King may have a section for you.
If you want to start small, you can check out their Ferndale location. Equally abundant in rarity and used titles, this location is a smaller-scale version of the downtown store.
This unique and sophisticated bookstore is located in Siren Hotel city center. Specializing in fashion, design and art books and magazines, B_KS@ has established itself in Detroit’s independent book scene.
B_KS@ offers limited edition books and magazines from around the world. If you have an eye for fashion and design, their selections will pique your interest and introduce you to exciting new perspectives!
B_KS@ also ship their items worldwide, so even if you can’t check in person, you can peruse and order on their website!
Metro Detroit Bookstore:
There are also quite a few independent bookstores in the surrounding suburbs. Here are some you must check!
another kind of reading:
This award-winning second-hand bookstore is located in the lower suburbs of Taylor. Another Look Books fills the entire store with books and doesn’t waste any space, so you can be sure you’ll find something you love.
The store opened in 1995 and bills itself as a “special place for readers.” Philosophy, Poetry, Photography, Mystery, Music and Metaphysics, Another Look Books sells just about any genre you can think of! They also offer trade credits, so if you’re ready to drop some books, you can exchange them for store credits.
In addition to their books, they also regularly facebook pageso check that too!
Book Beat can be found at Lincoln Mall, a strip mall on Greenfield Road in Oak Park. Book Beats have been open for 40 years and they are a staple in the local independent book scene. The store maintains a classic second-hand bookstore vibe, with rows of wooden shelves, stacks of books on the floor, hanging houseplants and unique artwork.
While they sell a range of books, The Book Beat focuses on “art, children’s books, multicultural and quality literature”. Their carefully curated selections are a creative’s dream! They also sell rare and out-of-print books, art and photography.
Be sure to close your calendar before visiting as you can easily spend hours reading the shelves!
paper trail books:
You can find this general interest bookstore in downtown Royal Oak. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the Royal Oak and slow down at this well-stocked and welcoming bookstore.
Focusing primarily on affordable used books, Paper Trail has over 20,000 titles in its store. They also sell fun retro items like CDs, records, classic board games and collectibles. If you’re a chess player, challenge a friend to a game using the store’s in-house chess. Or, if you’re a pianist, offer your book friends an informal concert on the store’s piano!
You can also view store calendar Use for events like storytime and book signings.
Colander Children’s Bookstore:
Located on the vibrant Kercheval Avenue in Grosse Pointe Park, Coreander’s Bookshoppe is a breathtaking store sure to amaze kids and adults alike.With beautiful murals all over the walls, a second floor overlooking the main building, a lovely cafe with classic black and white tiles, and an outdoor backyard, Coreander’s is not just a place to shop for your kids, it’s your place to shop and children.
Coreander’s magical aesthetic underpins its impressive selection of books for children and teens. Whether you’re looking for a book for a newborn or a teen, this store has a book for all the young people in your life.
If you’re looking for a way to spend the day with your kids, add Coreander’s to your itinerary.You can also stop by on Thursdays at 10:30am story time event!
When you’re nearby, you can also check out Shaw’s Books less than a block from Coreander’s. Walking into this bookstore is like stepping into the past, with piles of rare books stacked on the narrow shelves.
Shaw’s Books is primarily open by appointment and is a buyer and seller of collectible books of all types. Shaw’s Books also offers an appraisal service, so if you have an old book in the dust on your shelf, bring it through Shaw’s Books and see how much it might be worth! Owner Hank Zuchowsk also gives lectures on book collection and evaluation.
If you’re a book collector or just a book lover, add Shaw’s Books to your list!