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10 Local Independent Bookstores Every Bibliophile Needs to Know About


The Archive


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Along with secondhand books, the Archive has plenty of magazines, newspapers, postcards, records, coins and other antiques, 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.

Baldwin’s Book Barn


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This five-story building is chock full of nooks and secondhand books. Inside, you’ll fine 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


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From signed first editions to out-of-print titles, Cathy’s is sure to be among your favorite secondhand bookstores to explore. This snug shop is ideal for uninterrupted reading while sipping a hot coffee.

1305 West Chester Pike, Havertown.

Main Point Books


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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.

Narberth Bookshop


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This quaint indie bookstore fills its shelves with stories that the staff believes are valuable to locals. The Narberth Bookshop hosts everything from spellbinding poetry readings to knitting groups and offers memberships and discounts for the dedicated bookworm. 

221 Haverford Ave., Narberth.

Open Book Bookstore


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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.

The Spiral Bookcase


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The Spiral Bookcase has become a staple in Manayunk by providing resources for local artist groups, book launches and poetry zines. This bookshop also cultivates an early love of reading with its kids-only book subscription, “The Hero’s Quest.”

112 Cotton St., Manayunk.

The Title Page


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Stocked with used books, antiquarian volumes and out-of-print novels, the Title Page is a book collectors’ 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


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From setting up a Tournament of Books to correspond with March Madness to serving wine, the Towne Book Center approaches reading in innovative, exciting ways. With its Reading Olympics and Young Creatives writing groups, this bookstore instills a love of literature in people of 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 book suggestion.

220 Plaza Drive, Collegeville.

Wellington Square Bookshop


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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.