Top Local Bookstores In St. Louis

June 23, 2014 7:00 AM

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St. Louis is often described as a city of communities, and it seems that the region is also well represented with independent and diverse bookstores that reflect that description and personality. St. Louisans are avid lovers of literature and enjoy a multitude of independent book-sellers whose passions have been to expand the mind, and culture, through great books. Take a stroll through any of these top bookstores and enjoy a great read.
StL Books
100 W. Jefferson Ave.
Kirkwood, MO 63122
(314) 821-3823

This quote, by Christopher Morley, accurately describes the passion that drives StL Books to be a provider of books to anyone who desires to spend their time immersed in great literary works.

“When you sell a man a book, you don’t sell him 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue-you sell him a whole new world.”

Store Owner, Robin Theiss, has taken her passion for books into the 21st century as her website is her primary storefront. When looking for hard-to-find books, stop here first. And while you’re here, shop for a variety of interesting authors, titles and gifts. First editions, signed books and t-shirts are just some of the treasures you will find here. Check out the featured books, browse new arrivals and stop by the Bookscape Blog. This St. Louis bookstore has it all. If you’re more of a hands-on shopper, stop in Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. or Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rose’s Book House
8935 Veteran’s Memorial Parkway
O’Fallon, MO 63366
(636) 272-5857

O’Fallon, Missouri is the home of a great resource for avid readers. Rose’s Bookstore is a 2,000-square-foot book lover’s dream. For over 20 years, Rose’s has been delivering 200-500 titles to readers on a daily basis. Bring in your old books and sign up for a Trade Account to receive a discount on your new selections. Ask how to set up a KOBO account to get great e-books for your convenience and at a great price. And be sure to check out the Local Author page and Author Spotlight page. Finding a great read has never been so easy. Stop in Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. or on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Subterranean Books
6275 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130
(314) 862-6100

In the heart of the Delmar Loop, you will enjoy the fabulous ambiance of great shops and restaurants at this favorite destination for St. Louis book lovers, Subterranean Books. Since 2000, Subterranean has sought to be the go-to-store for anything literature. It prides itself on its wide variety of pop culture, film, music, art, children’s, religious, craft inventory and many more. If you enjoy crime-fiction, check out Noir at the Bar. Among some of the shop’s other great services offered are discounts through joining a book club. Pick up a t-shirt to show your friends and fam of your love for reading, as gifts are also offered at this shop. Visit anytime Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

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The Book House
7352 Manchester Road
St. Louis, MO 63143
(314) 968-4491

Michelle Barron is the proud proprietor of this family-owned book-buying establishment. She and her family enjoy their 151-year-old Victorian house storefront in Maplewood, which holds more than 350,000 books. It’s the perfect surroundings for anyone who wants to wander and sift through seemingly endless volumes of history, fiction, non-fiction, novels, children’s books, classic literature and more. Whether you’re looking for new books, or used ones, you are certain to find something that pleases you at The Book House. This independent bookseller donates a portion of each sale to Second Chapter of Life Center, which is an organization that helps young adults with developmental disabilities.

Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 367-6731

Since 1969, Left Bank Books has been supplying the community with a diverse selection of new and used books on any topic you could imagine. Over that time, it has acquired a loyal and literary passionate customer base. As an independent bookstore, Left Bank has deep roots in the community and works to support local writers and artists though donations to local, non-profit and grassroots organizations. Network with others who share your passion for reading by joining a reading group. Keep up to date on the latest and hottest literature lover’s events by checking out the events calendar. Left Bank also has a consignment policy for self-published authors. Let Left Bank Books be your go-to-bookstore for all of your literary needs.

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Lisa Payne-Naeger, a native of the St. Louis area, is a freelance writer, blogger, political activist and a homeschooling mother of two children. Her work can be found at

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