Common Good Books
38 South Snelling Avenue
A nice local store down the road from Macalester to buy a book or two. Owned by Garrison Keillor, it has ample walking space and nice couches, plus staff recommendations and reviews on the shelves. Its motto: “Live local, read large.”
Half Price Books
2041 Ford Parkway
Secondhand bookshop committed to promoting literacy and kindness to the environment. The Highland Park location offers a large selection of used and new books.
217 Como Avenue, Suite 108
Billed as the first and the only Hmong bookstore in the world, Hmong Arts, Books & Crafts (ABC) sells an impressive array of Hmong literature as well as arts and crafts, clothing, and music.
2230 Carter Avenue
Well-loved neighborhood bookstore in charming Saint Anthony Park. Independently owned by Tom Bielenberg and open for business since 1972.
1579 University Avenue
An independently owned Saint Paul institution since 1965, Midway Books offers three packed floors of rare, used, and out-of-print books. A bibliophile’s gold mine.
Red Balloon Bookshop
891 Grand Avenue
Independent children’s bookseller with a terrific selection of hand puppets. Regular storytimes and guest speakers.
Sixth Chamber Used Books
1332 Grand Avenue
Your classic used-book, well-lit dungeon. All the discount of a used bookstore combined with the flawless organization of a new bookstore, including a searchable online inventory.
6 West Fifth Street
Downtown literary hot spot showcasing local voices through a full lineup of readings, book launches, and author talks. Independently owned by Sue Zumberge with events curated by once-upon-a-time Hungry Mind owner David Unowsky.