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WhirLocal Salem

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222 Commercial St NE PMB 2303
Salem, Oregon 97301

Calling all book lovers in Salem, Oregon! A new Barnes & Noble location might’ve opened recently, but did you know the Salem area has several local bookstores that would also love your support? Here are six local bookshops perfect for bookworms in Salem.

The Book Bin

The Book Bin is centrally located in downtown Salem and is open every day from 10 AM to 7 PM. This spot is a local favorite for its vast selection of new and used books, calendars, puzzles, and other bookish products. They offer a buying counter by appointment for those looking to sell books. Their resident cat, Rose, has lived in the store since 2013. You might find her snoozing in the store window or wandering the aisles.

Stop by to peruse or make an appointment to visit their rare book room, which specializes in collectible fantasy, horror, and science fiction. Whether you’re into mysteries, history, or looking for a cookbook, Book Bin has something for everyone. Plus, their friendly staff are always ready to help you find your next favorite read.

Reader’s Guide

Reader’s Guide in West Salem stands as Salem’s oldest independent bookstore, boasting over 30 years of serving the community’s literary needs. This charming little bookstore feels like stepping into a friend’s living room library. With shelves packed with the latest new bestsellers, beloved classics, rare editions, and used books, Reader’s Guide is a perfect place for anyone looking to lose themselves in a good story.

Alongside books, Reader’s Guide also has a variety of greeting cards, gifts, and puzzles that cater to various interests. They also host author book signings and other fun community events! The knowledgeable team at Reader’s Guide is always on hand and ready to help you in your book search.

Escape Fiction Books

Escape Fiction Books offers an escape into new worlds with its collections of manga, science fiction, fantasy, and other fiction and non-fiction books. This local bookstore carries new and used books of all genres, offers store credit for book trades, and is able to place special orders for customers. It’s a welcoming place where readers can come together and find the next book on their to-read lists.

Visit Escape Fiction Books to browse their selection and learn more about their various discounts, including teacher’s discounts, bulk order discounts, and markdowns on new hardcovers.

Friends of the Salem Public Library

For those who love a good bargain on used books, the Friends of the Salem Public Library store is a must-visit. This non-profit is a cornerstone of support for the library and their store sells donated books, art, and other miscellany at affordable prices. They are located on the first floor of the Salem Public Library. By shopping here, you’re not just finding a new book or puzzle; you’re also contributing to a service that supports the enrichment of the community. Friends of the Salem Public Library also offers a membership option with perks like early access to their annual fall book sale!

While you’re there, why not sign up for a library card? The Salem Public Library is part of the Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service (CCRLS) that connects libraries in Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties, which means more books and other media at your fingertips. Signing up for a full-service library card is FREE for Salem residents who live inside the city limits. If you live outside of the city limits but inside of the CCRLS area, there is also a card option for you.

Second Chance Books

Just a short drive from Salem, Second Chance Books in Independence is a haven for readers looking to give used books a new home. With shelves brimming with well-loved stories spanning various genres, visitors can dive into the worlds of fiction, non-fiction, classics, and rare finds. The warm and inviting bookstore, coupled with the friendly staff and owners, makes every visit a new adventure.

Books N Time

Just a short drive in the opposite direction, Books N Time in Silverton offers a selection of new and used books for every reader. This local bookstore hosts book signings, sales, and other events, and they also offer store credit for used books. If you can’t find the book you’re looking for, they can put in an order. Their commitment to customer service and serving the community is clear! If you’re in search of the latest release, a classic novel, or something in between, Books N Time might be the stop for you.

The local bookstores in and around Salem each offer something unique, making them valued parts of the community. Whether you’re a lifelong resident or just passing through, be sure to stop by these gems and support local businesses while fueling your love for reading!

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