Best Used Bookstores in New England
Saving the rural New England bookstore is more than a pastime for Richard F. Wright; it’s a passion that drives him to visit, patronize, and write about local independent bookshops. Here are his five favorite venues selling used and rare volumes, plus ten honorable mentions. Share his interest at richard-wright.blogspot.com.
The Montague Bookmill
This shop fulfills the true definition of “destination” bookstore. After 25 years, visitors still commit to traveling to western Massachusetts to browse among the Bookmill’s 30,000 used and rare volumes. Its cafe and art shops make it a pleasure to bring the family along, too. 440 Greenfield Road, Montague, MA. 413-367-9206; montaguebookmill.com
Shire Book Shop
After 30 years, the owners still offer to brew you a cup of tea, making your stroll among the 100,000 used and out-of-print books in this former mill building even more of a pleasure. Each purchased book is carefully protected with an archival dust jacket. 305 Union St., Franklin, MA. 508-528-5665; shirebookshop.com
Pleasant Street Books
In a nicely restored barn, close to the middle of Woodstock, Pleasant Street has been a used- and rare-book collector’s dream for more than 25 years. Volumes are stacked floor to ceiling, but the ladder and stools make your search comfortable and convenient. 48 Pleasant St., Woodstock, VT. 802-457-4050; pleasantstreetbooks.com
Drake Farm Books
This barn, built in 1830, offers books published in 1830 among its 45,000 volumes. Its 15 rooms are well sorted, and desirable first editions are wrapped in plastic to preserve their condition. Since 1995, these well-cared-for volumes have been looking for loving homes. 148 Lafayette Road, North Hampton, NH. 603-964-4868; drakefarmbooks.com
The Book Barn
This southeastern Connecticut shop has grown over the past 23 years and now spreads across three locations, which is understandable, given that the barn alone couldn’t handle the 500,000 volumes on hand. Bring a book to sell and find your next treasure among the fiction, nonfiction, children’s, and rare volumes on offer. 41 West Main St., Niantic, CT. 860-739-5715; bookbarnniantic.com
Please Note: This article was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.