Are you searching for a bookstore where you can get both fiction and non-fiction books, as well as gifts, puzzles, cards, calendars, and more? You’re in the right place. below we’ve featured 10 top independent bookstores in Idaho.
1. Rediscovered Books (Boise)
Rediscovered Books first opened their doors in 2006 and has developed a strong reputation in the years since as a leading independent bookseller in Boise, ID. The store is full of hidden treasures, rare books, and gems you’ll be so glad you found. To accommodate for demand and their growing inventory, Rediscovered Books recently opened a second location in Caldwell, ID.
The team at Rediscovered Books is passionate about helping the community, particularly when it comes to making books accessible for children across Boise. They provide books for local school libraries and host book clubs and other events in the store. Contact Rediscovered Books for more details.
2. The Barn Owl Books and Gifts (McCall)
Located in Alpine Village in McCall, ID, The Barn Owl Books and Gifts is an independent bookstore offering in-store browsing, pick-up for orders placed online or over the phone, and even delivery for local customers. Their store is home to literary classics, the latest bestsellers, and just about everything in between.
Not only does The Barn Owl Books and Gifts have a great range of titles to choose from, they also have a wonderful location where you can spend some time browsing their books. Their store is open six days a week (closed Mondays), and their friendly team would love to help you find your next read. Contact The Barn Owl Books and Gifts to learn more.
3. The Book Shelf (Idaho Falls)
If you’re looking for an independent bookstore in Idaho Falls, pay a visit to the team at The Book Shelf. This locally-owned purveyor of fine books was initially an online retailer, and only recently opened their brick-and-mortar location in 2018.
The Book Shelf is opened six days a week (closed Sundays), from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm Monday to Friday, and 10:00 am until 3:00 pm on Saturdays. While they sell new books and audiobooks online, their in-person bookstore has a massive collection of used books. Contact The Book Shelf for more details.
4. The Rubaiyat (Caldwell)
Located in Caldwell, ID, The Rubaiyat is a used bookstore that first opened their doors in 2011. They have a great selection of used books in-store and also accept online orders with shipping available across the United States. Although used, all of their books are in excellent condition.
The Rubaiyat has books covering a wide range of topics, including some first edition and hard-to-find titles. As well as their excellent selection of literature, The Rubaiyat also specializes in art and games. They regularly host games nights – a beloved tradition for many of their local customers. Contact The Rubaiyat for more information.
5. The Well-Read Moose (Coeur d’Alene)
The Well-Read Moose is an independent bookstore in the vibrant city of Coeur d’Alene, ID. Open seven days a week, they feature a great selection of both fiction and non-fiction titles. Whether you are looking for new releases, memoirs, biographies, teen fiction, or kids’ books, they have your needs covered.
As well as their great selection of books, The Well-Read Moose also has gifts, book subscription services, and also regularly hosts events. Their events include readings, book clubs, and even non-fiction book clubs. To learn more about their programs, or to order a book, contact the team at The Well-Read Moose.
6. Once and Future Books (Boise)
Once and Future Books is a locally owned, independent bookstore in Boise, ID. They pride themselves on having affordable, quality books and are open six days a week from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm for in-store browsing (closed Sundays).
Once and Future Books sell both new and used books, and also buy books from their customers to sell in the store for store credit. They sell cookbooks, history books, children’s books, teen fiction, and fiction and non-fiction titles for adults. To learn more, contact Once and Future Books.
7. Bent Corners Used Books (Meridian)
The team at Bent Corners Used Books has over 40,000 titles in their store – you’re bound to find something you love! As well as an extensive paperback collection, they also have some rare, hard-to-find hardcovers, some of which are first edition books.
Bent Corners Used Books has fiction books in a range of categories (mystery, action, sci-fi, romance, true crime, and many more) as well as a wide range of books for kids and young adults. They first opened their doors in Meridian, ID, in 2005 and are proud of their relaxing, enticing store. Contact Bent Corners Used Books for more details.
8. Iconoclast Books & Gifts (Hailey)
Iconoclast Books & Gifts is an independent bookstore specializing in rare and used books. Based in Hailey, ID, they have recently moved to a new location to better house and showcase their exceptional range of new and used titles. Their store is open seven days a week for in-store browsing.
Iconoclast Books & Gifts has lots of new releases, available in both hard and softcover options. They also specialize in children’s books and have a great selection of biographies, educational books, and titles relating to history, science, art, and much more. Contact Iconoclast Books & Gifts to learn more.
9. BookPeople of Moscow (Moscow)
Located in Moscow, ID, BookPeople of Moscow is an independent bookstore that’s been operating locally since 1973. They feature both fiction and non-fiction titles, as well as gifts, puzzles, cards, calendars, and more. There are books for readers of all ages, and their store is a great place to spend an hour or two hunting for your next books.
If you’re struggling to find a new book (or trying to find a book for somebody else), the friendly, book-loving staff at BookPeople of Moscow. Or, you can scour the shelves for yourself and sift through travel books, cookbooks, new fiction releases, children’s books, young adult titles, and more. Contact BookPeople of Moscow for more details.
10. Bargain Books Boise (Boise)
Bargain Books Boise is open from Monday to Friday (10:00 am until 7:00 pm) and Saturday (10:00 am until 6:00 pm). They specialize in used books (as the name suggests, they’re available at excellent prices!) and will buy your books if you have a surplus.
As an independent bookseller, Bargain Books Boise is always trying to find new, welcoming homes for pre-loved books. All of their books are in exceptional condition – titles that are damaged or not saleable are repurposed into useful items. Contact Bargain Books Boise to find out more.