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10 Local Independent Bookstores on the Main Line

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Give the gift of a book from one of these Main Line area booksellers. 

Looking for great books for loved ones – or yourself? Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties are filled with great indie bookstores. Shop online and get contactless pick-up, or head into the store to peruse the shelves following social distance guidelines.

Bryn Mawr

MacManus Rare Books is a local mecca for book collectors. Make an appointment or go online to pursue this shop’s treasures, like the nearly 200 books on Black history. 12 Water St., Bryn Mawr, (610) 520-7273.

 

Haverford

A Main Line favorite, Children’s Book World has been delighting kids (and their parents) for 30 years. Check out the shop’s in-store and online resources, including featured titles from Black authors and LGBTQIA+ resources for families. 17 Haverford Station Road, Haverford, (610) 642-6274.

Havertown

Cathy’s Half Price Books began as a used bookstore, then expanded its collection to include new and bestselling books. Find an old favorite or a hidden gem at this local bookstore, including Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” and the Harry Potter series. 1305 West Chester Pike, Havertown, (610) 924-0988.

Kennett Square

The Kennett Bookhouse not only supports community literacy but donates 10 percent of new book sales to local charities. Peruse their new and used books and gifts with your furry friend and get a complimentary beverage. Holiday fiction highlights include “A Dog’s Perfect Christmas” by W. Bruce Cameron. 130 S Union St., Kennett Square, (610) 444-1063.

Manayunk

Johnny Destructo’s Hero Complex offers a monthly gaming night and RetroSpectacle, a graphic novel of the month club. The store’s handy subscription service lets you know when your comic of choice publishes a new issue.

4327 Main St., Philadelphia, (215) 482-7700.

Narberth

Narberth Bookshop is a small bookshop with leanings on fiction, self-help, and environmental books. This November, eight new titles are making their way to the shelves, including President Obama’s memoir, “A Promised Land.”

221 Haverford Ave., Narberth, (610) 664-1112.

Character development offers books, toys, art, music, and stationary. This store is a particularly great place to take the kids.

209 Haverford Ave., Narberth, (610) 668-1545.


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Phoenixville

Reads & Company, voted Main Line Today’s best independent bookstore for 2020, is a book lover’s paradise. In addition to their carefully curated selections, Reads & Company offers special virtual events with authors. Watch previous author events on their Crowdcast page, and order the featured books on the bookstore’s website.

234 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (484) 920-3695.

Wayne

Main Point Books is a great place to find bestsellers, up-and-coming writers and staff favorites. The shop hosts monthly book clubs for both fiction and nonfiction lovers, and has a section dedicated to anti-racism books.

116 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, (484) 580-6978.

West Chester

Baldwin’s Book Barn is filled with thousands of rare and antique books, maps, manuscripts, artwork, and other one-of-a-kind valuables.

865 Lenape Road, West Chester, (610) 696-0816.