Five of the best independent bookstores in central Ohio


National Booklovers’ Day is Thursday, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by stopping by some of the best independent bookstores in central Ohio.

If you’ve ever had a sleepless night because you just couldn’t put a book down, you’ll definitely want to check out these places to get your next literature fix. I asked NBC4 viewers what their favorite independent bookstores in central Ohio are, and here’s what they said:

The Book Loft of German Village

For the third year in a row, The Book Loft is coming in at No. 1 for NBC4 viewers. Located in historic German Village, this treasure trove of literature takes up an entire city block had has 32 rooms stuffed full of books. The Book Loft has also been recognized as one of the best bookstores in the state multiple times. Be sure to check out their event calendar to see a list of book signings with both national and local authors.

Cover to Cover

Cover to Cover first opened its doors in 1980, and despite changing owners earlier this year, the shop still continues its tradition of encouraging children to love reading and the world of literature. The store specializes in children’s books, Young Adult books and teachers resources. The shop hosts story time with children’s authors, Young Adult author panels and a Harry Potter book club. Tap or click here for their calendar of events.

Gramercy Books

Located in the heart of Bexley, newcomer Gramercy Books opened its doors last fall. They’re locally owned, independently operated and connect readers with books through special events featuring authors, poets and songwriters. The store features a cafe concept from Kitties with Stumptown coffee, breakfast items, snacks and cupcakes.

Paperback Exchange

If you’re in the market for used books, make sure to check out Paperback Exchange in Lancaster. The store has a ton of used books up to half off the publisher’s price with a maximum of $6 for paper backs and hardcovers for just $4.99. You can also score store credit by bringing in your used books in good condition.

Wheatberry Books

Newcomer Wheatberry Books just opened its doors last December and isn’t just locally-owned and operated; they also sell books made from paper manufactured at the Glatfelter paper mill in Chillicothe. The store has all kinds of new and used books for all reading levels. On the off chance that you aren’t able to find what you’re looking for, just ask one of the staff members and they will make every effort to make sure you get it.

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