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10 Independent Bookstores for Readers Around the Main Line

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These Main Line-area bookstores have something for every reader, from well-known page-turners to brand-new titles.

The Main Line region is full of bookstores stocked with a variety of exciting and informative reads. In addition to books, some of these stores offer workshops and other unique collectible items for sale. Ready to embrace your inner bookworm? Here are a few top shops to check out for your next great read.

 

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The Archive

Along with secondhand books, The Archive has plenty of magazines, newspapers, postcards, records, coins and other antiques, making it perfect for browsing on a rainy Saturday afternoon. The dainty glassware, intriguing records and antiquarian novels make for perfect one-of-a-kind gifts.

725 W. 2nd St., Lansdale

 

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Baldwin’s Book Barn

This historic four-story building is chock full of nooks and secondhand books. Inside, you’ll find an array of New World literature, maps and prints. A wood-burning stove gives the space a warm, erudite atmosphere—though some still think it’s haunted.

865 Lenape Road, West Chester

 

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Cathy’s Half Price Books

From signed first editions to out-of-print titles, Cathy’s is sure to be among your favorite bookstores to explore. It recently expanded to include both new and used books, as well as literary gifts and accessories. This snug shop is ideal for uninterrupted reading while sipping a hot coffee.

1305 West Chester Pike, Havertown

 

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Main Point Books

A popular location for poetry and author readings, Main Point Books curates a selection of titles that are both aesthetically and literarily beautiful. The cozy spot also offers book groups, from SciFi to Girls in Capes, which celebrates literature written by and focusing on individuals from diverse backgrounds.

116 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne

 

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Narberth Bookshop

This quaint indie bookstore fills its shelves with stories that the staff believes are valuable to locals. The Narberth Bookshop offers home delivery as well as memberships and discounts for the dedicated bookworm.

221 Haverford Ave., Narberth

 

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Open Book Bookstore

Open Book is dedicated to helping readers discover their next favorite story and is the perfect place to enjoy local talent or partake in a monthly book discussion. This community staple fosters its reading community with writing classes for children, book launch parties, author cabarets and literary soirees.

7900 High School Road, Elkins Park

 

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The Spiral Bookcase

The Spiral Bookcase has become a staple in Manayunk by providing resources for local artist groups, book launches and poetry zines. Tales of magic, mythology and folklore have a special place in the shop’s heart, but its carefully curated selection offers something for everyone.

4257 Main Street, Philadelphia

 

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The Title Page

Stocked with used books, antiquarian volumes and out-of-print novels, The Title Page is a book collector’s dream. Along with its wide selection of literature, The Title Page specializes in tomes relating to sporting, fine bindings and architecture.

1 Franklin St., Bryn Mawr

The Towne Book Center and Wine Bar

From its curated book guides to help you find your next great read to its wine bar stocked by a local winery, Towne Book Center approaches reading in exciting and innovative ways. With the Reading Olympics, thirteen separate book clubs and multiple author readings a month, there’s always something going on at Towne Book Center for all ages. Be sure to check out the 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die book club, or simply stop by for a glass of Pinot and a book suggestion.

220 Plaza Drive, Collegeville

Wellington Square Bookshop

Order a specialty coffee and cozy up with a good book at Wellington Square Bookshop, whose owner interviews authors on his radio show, “The Avid Reader.” With children’s story time, journaling workshops and a variety of book clubs, Wellington provides book-related activities for the whole family.

549 Wellington Square, Exton

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