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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

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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