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Black Owned Bookstores in the U.S

Updated: Nov 30, 2022

It’s no secret that often times local businesses are overlooked by consumers. We not only believe in shopping local, but also practicing group economics, buying from people within our community to ensure our dollars stay in our communities so our people and neighborhoods thrive.

This blog is to spotlight the Black-Owned bookstores around the United States.

If you visit them, please tell them Publack Library Publishing sent you!

*Click each bookstore name for website.


Grassrootz Bookstore- Phoenix, Arizona

Ali Nervis, owner of Grassrootz Bookstore: Image by azcentral.


Pyramid Art Books & Custom Framing - Little Rock, AR

Pyramid Art Books & Custom Framing: Image by Pyramid Art Books


Ashay by the Bay - Vallejo, CA

Carol's Books - Sacramento, CA

D3 Comic Book Spot - Richmond, CA

Eso Won Books - Los Angeles, CA

Malik Books - Los Angeles California

Marcus Books - Oakland, CA

Old Capitol Books - Monterey, CA

Reparations Club- Los Angeles, CA

Shades of Africa - Long Beach, CA

*Sistah Scifi - Oakland, CA

Smileys Books - Carson, CA

The Collective Oakland - Oakland, CA

The Multicultural Children's Bookstore - Richmond, CA

Underground Books - Sacramento, CA

Word of Life Christian Bookstores - Los Angeles, CA

*Strictly online bookstore

Underground Books: Image by KCRA


Shop at Matter - Denver, CO

Shop At Matter Bookstore: Image by Karma Compass


MeJah Books, Inc. - Claymont, DE

Emlyn De Gannes, owner of MeJah Books: Image by Ron Dubick


*AALBC (The African American Literature Book Club) - Tampa, FL

*African Bookstore - Plantation, FL

Best Richardson African Diaspora Literature & Culture Museum - Tampa, FL

Cultured Books - St. Petersburg, FL

Dare Books - Longwood, FL

*Kizzy Books and More - Winter Garden, FL

Pyramid Books - Boynton Beach, FL

The Gathering Awareness and Book Center - Pensacola, FL

*Strictly online bookstore

Lorielle Holloway, owner of Cultured Books: Image by The Weekend Challenger


All Things Inspiration - Mableton, GA

Brave and Kind - Decatur, GA

For Keeps - Atlanta, GA

*Good Books - Atlanta, GA

Medu Bookstore - Atlanta, GA

Nubian Bookstore - Morrow, GA

The Black Dot Cultural Center and Bookstore - Lithonia, GA

The Listening Tree - Decatur, GA

*Strictly online bookstore

Omar & Kimberly Finley, owners of The Listening Tree: Image by The Listening Tree


Afriware Books, Co. - Maywood, IL

Da Book Joint - Chicago, IL

Frontline Books - Chicago, IL

Lushena Bookstore - Bensenville, IL

Semicolon - Chicago, IL

The Underground Bookstore - Chicago, IL

Semicolon bookstore: Image by Danielle Mullen


Akoma Books - Evansville, IN

Beyond Barcodes Bookstore - Kokomo, IN

The Brain Lair - Sound Bend, IN

Beyond Barcodes Bookstore: Image by WRTV


Between the Lynes Bookstore - Baton Rouge, LA

Community Book Center - New Orleans, LA

Read Between The Lynes bookstore: Images by Read Between The Lynes


Frugal Bookstore - Roxbury, MA

Olive Tree Books-n-Voices - Springfield, MA

Frugal Bookstore: Image by


Everyone's Place - Baltimore, MD

Jay's Books - Baltimore, MD

Loyalty Bookstore - Silver Spring, MD

Vision Christian Store - Clinton, MD

Wisdom Book Center - Gwynn Oak, MD

Everyone's Place: Image by Everyone's Place


Black Stone Bookstore and Cultural Center - Ypsilanti, MI

Detroit Book City - Southfield, MI

Hood Book Headquarters - Detroit, MI

Nandi's Knowledge Cafe - Highland Park, MI

Source Booksellers - Detroit, MI

Truth Bookstore - Southfield, MI

Black Stone Books Store: Image by Carlos Franklin


Black Garnet Books - Minneapolis, MN

Dionne Sims, owner of Black Garnet Books: Image by FOX 9


Marshall’s Music and Book Store - Jackson, MS

Maati Jone Primm, owner of Marshall's Music and Bookstore: Image by Clarion Ledger


Aya Coffee and Books - Kansas City, MO

Bliss Books and Wine - Kansas City, MO

EyeSeeMe - University City, MO

Progressive Emporium and Business Center - St. Louis, SMO

Willa's Bookstore - Kansas City, MO

Jahna Riley, owner of Aya Coffee and Books: Image by Chancellor Adams

North Carolina:

Liberation Station Bookstore - Raleigh-Durham, NC

Shelves Bookstore - Charlotte, NC

Victoria Scott-Miller, owner of Liberation Station Bookstore: Image by Liberation Station


Aframerican Bookstore - Omaha, NE

Marshall Taylor, owner of Aframerican Bookstore: Image by Omaha World Herald

New Jersey:

La Unique African American Books & Cultural Center - Camden, NJ

Source of Knowledge Bookstore - Newark, NJ

The Little BOHO Bookshop - Bayonne, NJ

The Little Hobo Bookshop: Image by The Hoboken Girl

New York:

Blenheim Hill Books - Hobart, NY

Cafe con Libros - Brooklyn, NY

Grandma's Place - New York, NY

Official Connections Books - Brooklyn, NY

Revolution Books - New York, NY

The Schomburg Shop - New York, NY

Sister's Uptown - New York, NY

The Lit. Bar - Bronx, NY

Zawadi Books - Buffalo, NY

Cafe Con Libros: Image by BKReader


A Cultural Exchange - Cleveland, OH

Black Art Plus - Columbus, OH

Elizabeth's Bookshop & Writing Center - Akron, OK

Smith & Hannon Bookstore: Image from Yelp


Fulton Street Books and Coffee - Tulsa, OK

Fulton Books & Coffee: Image by tulsakids


Third Eye Books Accessories & Gifts - Portland, OR

Michelle Lewis & Charles Hannah, owners of Third Eye Books Accessories & Gifts: Image by Portland Business Journal


Al-Furquan Bookstore - Philadelphia, PA

Amalgam Comics - Philadelphia, PA

Atomic City Comics - Philadelphia, PA

Black and Nobel - Philadelphia, PA

Books & Stuff - Philadelphia, PA

Hakim's Bookstore - Philadelphia, PA

Harriet's Bookshop - Philadelphia, PA

The Black Reserve - Lansdale, PA

The Tiny Bookstore - Pittsburgh, PA

Uncle Bobbies Cafe and Books - Philadelphia, PA

Jeannie Cook, owner of Harriet's Bookshop: Image by Kylie Gray

South Carolina:

Turning Page Bookshop - Goose Creek, SC

Turning Page Bookshop: Image by Turning Page Bookshop


Alkebu-Lan Images Bookstore - Nashville, TN

The African Place - Memphis, TN

Alkebu-lan Images Bookstore: Inage by Alkebu-lan Images


Black Pearl Books - Austin, TX

Enda's Booktique - Duncanville, TX

Pan-African Connection Bookstore Art Gallery and Resource Center - Dallas, TX

The Dock Bookshop - Fort Worth, TX

Black Peal Books: Image by Shelfawareness


Books and Crannies - Martinsville, VA

Harambe Books and Artworks - Alexandria, VA

House of Consciousness Bookstore - Norfolk, VA

Positive Vibes Bookstore - Virginia Beach, VA

Riches in Reading - Virginia Beach, VA

Urban Moon Books - Chesapeake, VA

Books & Crannies: Image by Beth B


Estelita's Library - Seattle, WA

L.E.M.S Bookstore - Seattle, WA

Estelita's Library: Image by thrillist

Washington DC:

Loyalty Bookstore

Mahogany Books

Sankofa Video Books & Cafe

Solid State Books

The Charnice Milton Community Bookstore

The Children of the Sun

Loyalty Bookstore: Image by ThienVinh Nguyen


Niche Book Bar - Milwaukee, WI

Centonia Weston, owner of Niche Bar: Image by Milwaukee Business Journal

We hope you take a visit to your nearest Black-Owned bookstore soon! Grab a coffee, a few books, and leave a review for the businessowner.

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