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Best Used Bookstores in New England

Best Used Bookstores in New England
11 votes, 4.55 avg. rating (89% score)
Montague Bookmill

Photo/Art by Aimee Seavey
The Montague Bookmill

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

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;

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;

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;

Drake Farm Books — CLOSED
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.

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;

Want more? Click here to see Richard’s Ten Honorable Mention picks for Best Used Bookstores in New England.

Please Note: This information 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.


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7 Responses to Best Used Bookstores in New England

  1. Robert January 7, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

    My favorite used bookstore is RE-BOOKS in Waterville, Maine.

  2. Margie Shafer January 7, 2015 at 1:06 pm #

    I’m receiveing your magazine from a Christmas present. I haven’t started getting them yet. But I’m very excited. Your website is so inviting. I tell all my friends about you. I have been serching for a book but no one in my area has it. I’ll have to serch your resources to see if I can find it. Thank You for your news. Margie

    • Brenda Darroch January 8, 2015 at 10:57 am #

      Thank you for taking the time to let us know that, Margie!

  3. Anne January 7, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

    Re books in Waterville is outstanding as is well as Merrill’s in Hallowell.

  4. Patricia Hill January 7, 2015 at 8:53 pm #

    I love independent book stores. ther is something special about them. I liked Annies Bookstore in Rutland before it closed, and the Northshire bookstore in Manchester.

  5. E Cousens January 12, 2015 at 5:06 pm #

    Seven Stars, Cambridge MA

  6. Susan January 13, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

    The suburban Boston area has the Used Books Super Store The one I go to is in Danvers. Their books come from donation bins at churches and other nonprofits
    A percentage of the profit goes back to the charity. Their choices are amazing. They are housed in large spaces, books are very well-organized, and I rarely leave not having found what I went to look for. Cozy they are not. Helpful and a great resource they are!

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