You don’t have to be a total bookworm or self-proclaimed book nerd to enjoy the many unique features and fun quirks of Kalamazoo’s book stores! The spots on this list offer everything from rare books, coffee, resident bookstore cats, insanely cheap prices, novelty and more.
3019 Oakland Dr, Kalamazoo, MI
“This is a Bookstore & Bookbug is Kalamazoo’s full service independent bookstore featuring the best in new books and book-related events. We are, first and foremost, a place: two storefronts, dozens of shelves, thousands of books, a full-service cafe/bar, one quirky playhouse, and several spots to sit, read, talk, play, and discover great reads. Bookbug has a special emphasis on and expertise in children’s and young adult literature. Our booksellers take pride in matching the perfect story to every young reader. At ‘this is a bookstore’ our curated selection of adult literary fiction, nonfiction, and graphics has helped us grow into a preferred source of books for independent-minded readers that value quality, care, and community.”
2413 Parkview Ave, Kalamazoo, MI
“We are an independent, locally-owned bookstore offering a wide selection of quality new and used books and book ordering services. We have been serving the greater Kalamazoo area since 1988. We proudly support our local, published authors and visiting writers.”
820 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI
“We especially try to stock good books on all major subjects, with an emphasis on history, local history, music, sciences, military, social sciences, technical books, children’s books, illustrated books, cook books, poetry, and literature.”
315 S Rose St, Kalamazoo, MI
Lower Level of the Central Library
“The Friends of the Kalamazoo Public Library is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the library as an essential institution in our community. With sales of gently used books from the Friends Bookstore, membership dues, and gifts, the group provides ongoing support to many KPL programs and services. It also encourages literacy and reading within the community by making affordable, quality reading materials available to everyone.”
130 N Edwards St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
The Kalamazoo Antique Market is located downtown and has been in business for over 25 years! This shop is a great resource for used books, magazines and comics.
In fact, a lot of the antique and thrift stores in the area sell used books! Be sure to check out the entire list of vintage, thrift and antique shops in Kalamazoo with our Vintage Shopping Guide.
308 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI
“The mission of the Michigan News is to bring the world to Kalamazoo. We have been doing that 365 days a year since 1947. We offer newspapers, magazines, paperbacks, children’s books, graphic novels, comics, greeting cards, Michigan souvenirs, local authors featured, maps, candy, and tobacco. Your best source for all things print!”
If you love more than just reading, definitely put the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center on your to-do list!
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We had some seriously fun times with our generous friends at @kzoobookartscenter. Thanks to them, our summer RAWKstars got to create hard covers (from paper they made!) for their personal copies of our summer anthologies. 😍📚🎨 Just got done with out first night of book binding. Can't wait for tomorrow! P.s. Come hear students read their work next Thursday over at @bookbugkzoo . . . #rawk #kzoo #bookmaking #handmade #useyourwords #bookworms #kbac #anthology #summerwriting
The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center was founded in 2005 by artists and writers with a passion for book arts. Their vision is now a creative public space where artists and book enthusiasts of all kinds gather to collaborate and celebrate books and the many arts that inform them: paper-making, printmaking, letterpress, creative writing, and bookbinding.
Are you a big comic book fan? Check out the various comic book stores in the area!
While not solely a bookstore, don’t forget to stop by Curate & Co. if you’re specifically looking for children’s books! They’re a modern gift store located downtown and have a small, but awesome collection of titles that kids will love.
Lastly, Kalamazoo is lucky to be home to multiple Little Free Libraries!
We know these are not exactly “stores” at all, but they’re so perfect for book lovers, and super cute too! Use this map tool to locate the closest Little Free Library near you in Kalamazoo.