Springfield is full of independent book stores filled with popular titles and one-of-a-kind finds. Here are four bookstores that are a must-visit.
Photo courtesy of Pagination Bookshop
Tucked away on Historic Walnut Street, sits Pagination Bookshop. Opened by Jen Murvin and Kory Cooper, the 1896 home was renovated and turned into a book lover’s paradise with paperbacks and picture books lining the first floor shelves. Books range from new to old with new titles hitting the shelves frequently. You can even purchase literary gift-themed items such as book bags and cards. Be sure to stop in the Hobbit-themed area hidden away under the stairs. Check the store’s calendar events for local author readings and writers’ workshops.
Address: 1150 E. Walnut St., Springfield
BookMarx houses more than just books in downtown Springfield. During opening hours you can find the owner’s three cats, Squash, Googey and Pushkin roaming the building. You’ll find just about everything from new titles to old classics, and even books that are out of print. On the first Friday of every month, find local authors and artists gathered in the shop for First Friday Artwalk. Readings, workshops and book club events can be found on the store’s Facebook calendar.
Address: 325 E. Walnut St., Springfield
On Route 66, ABC Books is a popular stop among road trippers and book enthusiasts looking for their next great read for the road. The shop contains anything a new or experienced reader could want and then some. From popular mainstream fiction to rare antique prints to Greek and Hebrew studies, you never know what you’ll pull from the shelves. Author signing dates can be found on the store’s Facebook page.
Hooked On Books
Hooked On Books is well-known for its extensive collection of used books and being able to sell and trade old books for cash or store credit. The inventory is extensive with over 100,000 books on the floor-to-ceiling shelves with an ever-changing selection. Specialty and antique book collectors are in for a treat, as the store has a unique section full of rare books.