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Get Lost in Literature at Delaware’s New and Used Bookstores  

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Calling all bookworms! Discover your next great read at these charming literary houses scattered throughout the First State.

Sitting underneath a blanket with a cup of hot tea and a good book while the snow falls outside is the perfect way to spend a winter afternoon. With Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Nobles’ Nook, there are plenty of options to read online, yet nothing beats the feel of an actual book in your hands. That’s why these bookstores remain staples throughout the First State.  

Looking for your next great read? Here’s a guide to new and used bookstores around Delaware.  


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2nd and Charles

101 Geoffrey Drive, Newark; 737-4306
Specializing in giving books, games, collectibles and more a second life, 2nd and Charles offers everything from signed editions to new releases. This location is a paradise for readers to find new stories to get lost in and donate old books that are long since finished.   

Around Again and Again 

1400 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington; 439-3850 
Around Again and Again bookstore works to keep books in the hands of readers. With a diverse array of gently used books, this Wilmington bookstore allows guests to purchase novels at a very low price.  


Bethany Beach Books 

99 Garfield Pkwy., Bethany Beach; 539-2522
Only a few stops from the Bethany Beach boardwalk sits Bethany Beach Books, an independently owned bookstore. Established in 1991, this store invites readers to get lost in the pages of its new and old books. Plus, guests can participate in its Book Drop, a monthly book subscription that mails new books every month.  

Between Books 

2115 Marsh Rd., Claymont; 798-3111 
Love getting lost in the worlds of elves, mythical beasts and the like? This eclectic used bookstore in Claymont specializes in books like science fiction, fantasy and horror.  

Biblion Used Books & Rare Finds 

Second & Market St., Lewes; 644-2210 
Looking for a rare find? Check out Lewes’ favorite used bookstore, Biblion. With a thoughtful collection of curated books, this store offers more than the eye can see. Locals vacationing for the summer or taking a wintertime trip down to the beaches can enjoy this small-town beach bookstore.  


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Browseabout Books 

133 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 226-2665 
For generations, Browseabout Books has reinvented itself repeatedly to evolve into one of the nation’s top independent bookstores. The store first opened in 1975, bringing an incredible selection of books, toys, stationery and unique gifts to Rehoboth Beach. Readers can enjoy more than 35,000 book titles, newspapers, magazines and more.  

Hockessin BookShelf 

7179 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin; 235-7665 
Established in 2002, Hockessin BookShelf is an 826-square-foot store offering new and used books. With everything from fiction and horror to mystery and romance, there is something for everyone to enjoy.  

Mejah Bookstore

2083 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont; 793-3224
As a family-owned and -operated store, Mejah Bookstore specializes in novels written by people of color to promote racial pride. There is a diverse inventory with more than a million titles and genres from which guests can choose.


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Taino’s Book Store & Creative Studio 

4 The Green, Dover; 443-379-2811 
This Newark location is more than just a bookstore, since it also doubles as a creative studio. Founded in 2019, Taino’s Book Store and Creative Studio is an independent store specializing in authors of color and rare books. Everything in the store is Afrocentric and culturally inclusive, including in artworks, photography and books.  

The Dollar Book Shuffle

11290 Trussum Pond Rd., Section G10, Laurel; 258-7764 
All readers know that while it’s amazing to get lost in the world of fantastical creatures and romantic getaways, it can be costly. That’s why The Dollar Book Shuffle in Laurel sells all its used books for a dollar. With more than 25,000 books from which to choose, visitors have plenty of reading materials at their fingertips.  

Turning Pages Book Lounge

117 Atlantic Ave., Millville; 406-5864 
Open Thursday through Monday, Turning Pages Book Lounge recently moved into its new location in Millville. This quaint little store offers readers a chance to become consumed with everything from historical fiction to romance, mysteries and thrillers. Plus, select from records, comics, quirky book art, puzzles, games and more.    

Know of any other used bookstores in the First State? Email editorial@delawaretoday.com to let us know!  


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