Black owned bookstores

100+ Black Owned Bookstores

There are two places that book lovers always visit to get a book to devour: a library or a bookstore. I wanted to speak about bookstores today and give you insight to many bookstores throughout the country but specifically black owned bookstores. Did you know that there are around 20k bookstores in the USA today, according to IBIS World? But, out of 20k bookstores, I was able to find 100+ black owned bookstores that you can shop at either in person, online or both. Bookstores are declining everyday but there is a way to combat that and the key is to purchase from indie bookstores and remember them when you are thinking about where to purchase a new book. 

The bookstores will be listed by state and in alphabetical order. If you think of any bookshops that aren't listed, definitely never hesitate to comment one down below or emailing The Seasonal Pages at



Grassrootz Bookstore - Phoenix, AZ


Arkansas Bookstores 

Pyramid Art Books & Custom Framing - Little Rock, AR

California Bookstores

Smileys Books - Carson, CA

Shades of Africa - Long Beach, CA

Eso Won Books - Los Angeles, CA 

Malik Books - Los Angeles, CA

Reparations Club- Los Angeles, CA

Old Capitol Books - Monterey, CA

Marcus Books - Oakland, CA

Sistah Scifi - Oakland, CA

The Collective Oakland - Oakland, CA

D3 Comic Book Spot - Richmond, CA

The Multicultural Children's Bookstore - Richmond, CA

Carol's Books - Sacramento, CA

Underground Books - Sacramento, CA

Ashay by the Bay - Vallejo, CA

Colorado Bookstores

Shop at Matter - Denver, CO

Connecticut Bookstores

*Key Bookstore - Hartford, CT

People Get Ready - New Haven, CT

Burgundy Books - Saybrook, CT

Delaware Bookstores

MeJah Books, Inc.. - Claymont, DE

Florida Bookstores

Pyramid Books - Boynton Beach, FL

Dare Books - Longwood, FL

The Gathering Awareness and Book Center - Pensacola, FL

*African Bookstore - Plantation, FL

Cultured Books - St. Petersburg, FL

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

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

*Kizzy Books and More - Winter Garden, FL


Georgia Bookstores

For Keeps - Atlanta, GA  

*Good Books - Atlanta, GA

Medu Bookstore - Atlanta, GA 

Brave and Kind - Decatur, GA

The Black Dot Cultural Center and Bookstore - Lithonia, GA

The Book Boutique - Lithonia, GA

All Things Inspiration - Mableton, GA

Nubian Bookstore - Morrow, GA


Illinois Bookstores

Lushena Bookstore - Bensenville, IL

Da Book Joint - Chicago, IL

Frontline Books - Chicago, IL

Semicolon - Chicago, IL

The Underground Bookstore - Chicago, IL

Afriware Books, Co. - Maywood, IL

Indiana Bookstores

Akoma Books - Evansville, IN
Beyond Barcodes Bookstore - Kokomo, IN
The Brain Lair - Sound Bend, IN


Kentucky Bookstores


Wild Fig Coffee & Books - Lexington, KY

Louisiana Bookstores

Between the Lines Bookstore - Baton Rouge, LA

Community Book Center - New Orleans, LA 

Maryland Bookstores

Everyone's Place - Baltimore, MD

Jay's Books - Baltimore, MD

Vision Christian Store - Clinton, MD

Wisdom Book Center - Gwynn Oak, MD

Loyalty Bookstore - Silver Spring, MD

Massachusetts Bookstores

Frugal Bookstore - Roxbury, MA

Olive Tree Books-n-Voices - Springfield, MA

Michigan Bookstores

Hood Book Headquarters - Detroit, MI

Source Booksellers - Detroit, MI

Truth Bookstore - Southfield, MI

Nandi's Knowledge Cafe - Highland Park, MI

Detroit Book City - Southfield, MI

Blackstone Bookstore and Cultural Center - Ypsilanti, MI


Minnesota Bookstores

Black Garnet Books - Minneapolis, MN 


Mississippi Bookstores

Marshall’s Music and Book Store - Jackson, MS

Missouri Bookstores

Aya Coffee and Books - Kansas City, MO
Bliss Books and Wine - Kansas City, MO
Willa's Bookstore - Kansas City, MO
Progressive Emporium and Business Center - St. Louis, MO
EyeSeeMe - University City, MO

 Nebraska Bookstores

Aframerican Bookstore - Omaha, NE


New Jersey Bookstores

The Little BOHO Bookshop - Bayonne, NJ

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

Source of Knowledge Bookstore - Newark, NJ

New York Bookstores

The Lit. Bar - Bronx, NY 

Official Connections Books - Brooklyn, NY

Zawadi Books - Buffalo, NY

Blenheim Hill Books - Hobart, NY

Grandma's Place - New York, NY

Revolution Books - New York, NY

The Schomburg Shop - New York, NY 

Sister's Uptown - New York, NY  

North Carolina Bookstores

Shelves Bookstore - Charlotte, NC

Liberation Station Bookstore - Raleigh-Durham, NC

Ohio Bookstores

Smith & Hannon Book Store - Cincinnati, OH
A Cultural Exchange - Cleveland, OH
Black Art Plus - Columbus, OH

Oklahoma Bookstores


Elizabeth's Bookshop & Writing Center - Akron / Tulsa, OK

Fulton Street Books and Coffee - Tulsa, OK

Mocha Books Bookstore - Tulsa, OK

Nappy Roots Books - Oklahoma City, OK


Oregon Bookstores

Third Eye Books Accessories & Gifts - Portland, OR

Pennsylvania Bookstores

The Black Reserve - Lansdale, PA

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 Tiny Bookstore - Pittsburgh, PA

Uncle Bobbies Cafe and Books - Philadelphia, PA 

The Tiny Bookstore - Pittsburgh, PA

South Carolina Bookstores


Turning Page Bookshop - Goose Creek, SC

Tennessee Bookstores

The African Place - Memphis, TN

Alkebu-Lan Images Book Store - Nashville, TN

Texas Bookstores

Black Pearl Books - Austin, TX

Black World Books - Austin, TX

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

Enda's Booktique - Duncanville, TX

The Dock Bookshop - Fort Worth, TX

Virginia Bookstores

Harambe Books and Artworks - Alexandria, VA
Urban Moon Books - Chesapeake, VA
Books and Crannies - Martinsville, VA
House of Consciousness Bookstore - Norfolk, VA
Positive Vibes Bookstore - Virginia Beach, VA
Riches in Reading - Virginia Beach, VA

Washington Bookstores

Estelita's Library - Seattle, WA

L.E.M.S Bookstore - Seattle, WA

Washington DC Bookstores

Loyalty Bookstore

Mahogany Books 

Sankofa Video Books & Cafe

Solid State Books

The Charnice Milton Community Bookstore

The Children of the Sun

Wisconsin Bookstores

Niche Book Bar - Milwaukee, WI (which is strictly online).


I have added over 100 Black owned bookstores across the United States. Some of the bookstores are online based and some are strictly in person but others are both. By clicking on some of the links, you can find out updates to the bookstores to learn more about about. A few of the bookstores had a Facebook page or either not a website. But, I plan on updating as I learn more about Black owned bookstores. If you would like to add your own shop to the list, email

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