Good news, Ohio book lovers: Independent book stores are alive and well in the Buckeye State.
If you’ve ever been lost in a book, you likely know the warmth and coziness that only a local book shop can bring—especially during the winter months and rainy days. This winter, take advantage of the colder temperatures and hunker down with a serious book hunt at your local book shop. You’ll enjoy the coziness, charm (and even coffee) that each of these shops feature. The following are 11 of our favorite places to hunt for the perfect book. They’re arguably the best book shops in Ohio.
1. The Book Loft (Columbus)
April Dray/Only In Your State
You can't be a true bookworm in Ohio without getting lost in The Book Loft, one of the nation's largest independent book stores, at least once. Tucked away in central Ohio’s charming German Village, you’ll find the most enchanting bookstore that’s a seemingly never-ending maze of classic literature, modern day stories and a plethora of knowledge that book lovers only dream of. The Book Loft features 32 rooms of books—packed from floor to ceiling—that you simply have to see to believe.
2. Wheatberry Books (Chillicothe)
The epitome of small town charm, this cozy book shop is tucked away in the revitalized downtown of Ohio's first capital. It's home to a well-rounded and impressive selection of new titles, literary classics, children's books, a selective used books section and several different genres. Stop by for story time with the kids or a meet and greet with a local author; leave with a newfound love for small town book stores.
3. Ohio Book Store (Cincinnati)
With more than 300,000 titles and 5 stories of book cases to explore, it can be easy to get overwhelmed at this literary lover's paradise. From brand new releases to vintage finds, there's truly a little bit of everything here. Additionally, the building itself dates back to 1916, so there's plenty of history to uncover during your visit. Since 1940, this beloved book store has been a best kept secret to locals and a pleasant surprise to visitors.
4. Crab Apple Books (Middletown)
Take your time browsing at this beloved small town book shop. With plenty of cozy seating and nooks for browsing, this will be your new favorite winter day trip destination. Hot coffee, local art, one-of-a-kind gifts and both new and used books can be found here. (Pro tip: Don't overlook the $1 paperback shelf.)
5. Loganberry Books (Cleveland)
For more than 25 years, this beloved purple bookstore has captured the hearts of bookworms all over northeast Ohio. Home to both new and used books (and Otis the Cat!), you can find nearly anything here. If it's your first time visiting, just look for the purple building with giant book spines painted on the side. (Fun fact: Every summer, this unique backdrop hosts Author Alley, a one-of-a-kind festival you'll want to mark your calendars for.)
6. Mulberry St. Books (Lebanon)
From floor to ceiling, books abound at this charming small town book shop. Complete with freshly brewed coffee, plenty of sweet treats and even book themed apparel, this is one secondhand bookstore that will make you feel right at home. And since the inventory is always changing, you'll definitely want to visit more than once.
7. Fireside Book Shop (Chagrin Falls)
Cozy on up by the fireside and get ready to fall in love with reading again. In the heart of one of Ohio's most charming small towns, you'll find one of the coziest book shops in the state. For more than 50 years, this 3-story book store has been a staple in the Chagrin Falls community. Pro tip: The entire third floor is devoted to children. From children's books and games to puzzles and gifts, it's a paradise for little readers.
8. Iris Book Cafe (Cincinnati)
If you enjoy getting lost in a book for the entire afternoon with a cup of coffee or other delicious treat, then there’s a book shop cafe in Cincinnati you need to know about. Tucked along Main Street in Over-The-Rhine, this beloved book shop will make you fall in love with reading all over again. You'll find vintage books, locally roasted coffee and delicious foods made from local, all-natural ingredients here. (Fun fact: Iris Book Cafe has the largest collection of Polish books in the city of Cincinnati.)
9. Snowball Bookshop (Barberton)
Home to more than 100,000 books and two friendly cats, this charming book shop is one of the largest used and out-of-print bookstores in northeast Ohio. Take your time browsing here, as it's likely you'll stumble upon a hidden gem or two.
10. Learned Owl Book Shop (Hudson)
For more than 40 years, this beloved book shop has charmed locals and visitors alike. With 3 floors of books and plenty of staff recommendations, it's the perfect place to get lost on a cold winter day. Looking to challenge yourself and expand your reading experience? Ask about the Wise Reader's Club.
11. Browse Awhile Books (Tipp City)
Vintage book lovers will swoon over this gem of a book store. Specializing in used, rare and out of print books, you'll definitely want to browse awhile here. Chances are, you'll find something you couldn't find anywhere else. If you're looking for a specific title, author or genre of book, this is the place to look.
Have you been to any of these book stores before? What’s your favorite book store in Ohio? Share your thoughts, experiences and recommendations with us!
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The Book Loft of German Village, 631 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43206, USA
9 W 2nd St, Chillicothe, OH 45601, USA
726 Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
1385 Central Ave, Middletown, OH 45044, USA
13015 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44120, USA
46 E Mulberry St, Lebanon, OH 45036, USA
29 N Franklin St, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022, USA
Iris Book Cafe, 1331 Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
564 W Tuscarawas Ave # 102, Barberton, OH 44203, USA
204 N Main St, Hudson, OH 44236, USA
118 E Main St, Tipp City, OH 45371, USA