Black-Owned Bookstores to Support Right Now (and Always)

Being an antiracist reader means not only educating ourselves, but also paying attention to the institutions we support financially. We put together a list of Black-owned independent bookstores, thanks in part to this Twitter thread, AfroTech’s list of 10 Black-owned online bookstores to support while at home, and AALBC’s list of Black-owned bookstores.

If you’re looking for antiracist audiobooks to further educate yourself, your family, or your community, check out our antiracism playlists.

Note: Stores listed with Libro.fm Storefronts below are Libro.fm partner stores—meaning that when you purchase audiobooks from their Libro.fm Storefront, it directly supports their bookstore.

Bookstores: Want to become a Libro.fm partner store? Email bookstores@libro.fm and we’ll take care of the rest.

United States

Arkansas

California

Ashay By the Bay      
Vallejo, CA

Carol’s Books
Sacramento, CA

D3 Comic Book Spot      
Richmond, CA

Eso Won Bookstore    
Los Angeles, CA

Libro.fm Storefront

Legendary Coffee and Books    
Stockton, CA

Malik Books      
Los Angeles, CA

Libro.fm Storefront

Marcus Books    
Oakland, CA

Old Capitol Books    
Monterey, CA

Reparations Club      
Los Angeles, CA

Libro.fm Storefront

Shades of Afrika      
Long Beach, CA

Underground Books  
Sacramento, CA

Word of Life Christian Bookstores    
Los Angeles, CA

Colorado

Shop at Matter    
Denver, CO

Connecticut

Burgundy Books    
Old Saybrook, CT

Key Bookstore      
Hartford, CT

Libro.fm Storefront

People Get Ready      
New Haven, CT

Libro.fm Storefront

Delaware

MeJah Books Inc.    
Claymont, DE

District of Columbia

Loyalty Books    
Washington, DC

Libro.fm Storefront

Mahogany Books      
Washington, DC

Libro.fm Storefront

Solid State Books      
Washington, DC

Libro.fm Storefront

Florida

Cultured Books    
St. Petersburg, FL

Libro.fm Storefront

DARE Books      
Longwood, FL

Eden Books      
Chiefland, FL

Libro.fm Storefront

Pyramid Books      
Boynton Beach, FL

Libro.fm Storefront

Georgia

Book Boutique    
Atlanta, GA

Covenant Christian Bookstore    
Lilburn, GA

For Keeps Bookstore  
Atlanta, GA

Good Books  
Atlanta, GA

The Listening Tree      
Decatur, GA

Medu Bookstore    
Atlanta, GA

Nubian Bookstore      
Morrow, GA

Scribes & Vibes      
Conyers, GA

Libro.fm Storefront

Illinois

Afriware Books      
Maywood, IL

Libro.fm Storefront

Da Book Joint    
Chicago, IL

Libro.fm Storefront

Frontline Bookstore    
Chicago, IL

Lushena Bookstore
Chicago, IL

Indiana

Brainlair Books      
South Bend, IN

Libro.fm Storefront

Iowa

The Soul Book Nook LLC.  
Waterloo, IN

Kansas

Aya Coffee + Books    
Kansas City, KS

Libro.fm Storefront

Bliss Books & Wine      
Kansas City, KS

Libro.fm Storefront

Kentucky

Akoma Books
Evansville, IN

Wild Fig Coffee & Books      
Lexington, KY

Louisiana

Community Book Center    
New Orleans, LA

Maryland

Everyone’s Place Bookstore  
Baltimore, MD

Red Emma’s      
Baltimore, MD

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Wisdom Book Center    
Gwynn Oak, MD

Massachusetts

Frugal Bookstore      
Roxbury, MA

Olive Tree Books N Voices  
Springfield, MA

Susie’s Stories    
Rockport, MA

Michigan

Detroit Book City      
Detroit, MI

Libro.fm Storefront

Nandi’s Knowledge Cafe    
Highland Park, MI

we are LIT      
Grand Rapids, MI

Libro.fm Storefront

Minnesota

Black Garnet Books    
Minneapolis, MN

Libro.fm Storefront

Mississippi

Marshall’s Music and Book Store
Jackson, MS – 601-355-5335

Missouri

Progressive Emporium & Education Center  
St. Louis, MO

Willa’s Books & Vinyl    
Kansas City, MO

Nebraska

New Jersey

La Unique Books
Camden, NJ

Source of Knowledge    
Newark, NJ

Libro.fm Storefront

New York

Blenheim Hill Books  
Hobart, NY

Bronx Bound Books    
Mobile Bookstore

Libro.fm Storefront

Café Con Libros      
Brooklyn, NY

Libro.fm Storefront

The Lit. Bar      
The Bronx, NY

Libro.fm Storefront

Sisters Uptown      
New York City, NY

Libro.fm Storefront

Zawadi Books    
Buffalo, NY

North Carolina

Liberation Station    
Durham, NC

Ohio

Black Art Plus  
Columbus, OH

A Cultural Exchange
Cleveland, OH

Smith and Hannon Bookstore  
Cincinnati, OH

Oklahoma

Fulton Street Books and Coffee      
Tulsa, OK

Nappy Roots Books  
Oklahoma City, OK

Pennsylvania

Amalgram      
Philadelphia, PA

Baby Word Play    
Philadelphia, PA

The Black Reserve Bookstore  
Landsdale, PA

Books & Stuff  
Philadelphia, PA

Hakim’s Bookstore    
Philadelphia, PA

The Black Reserve Bookstore    
Landsville, PA

The Tiny Bookstore      
Pittsburgh, PA

Libro.fm Storefront

Uncle Bobbie’s Books      
Philadelphia, PA

Libro.fm Storefront

South Carolina

Turning Page Bookshop      
Goose Creek, SC

Libro.fm Storefront

Tennessee

Texas

Beauty & Brains Books  
Houston, TX

Libro.fm Storefront

The Dock Bookshop      
Fort Worth, TX

Libro.fm Storefront

Enda’s Booktique    
Duncanville, TX

Libro.fm Storefront

Virginia

Books and Crannies      
Martinsville, VA

Libro.fm Storefront

Harambee Books & Artworks    
Alexandria, VA

Positive Vibes    
Virginia Beach, VA

Washington


Canada

A Different Booklist      
Toronto, Ontario

Knowledge Bookstore      
Brampton, Ontario

Libro.fm Storefront

Librairie Racines    
Montreal, Quebec


Ghana

AkooBooks      
Accra, Greater Accra

Libro.fm Storefront


U.S. Virgin Islands

Undercover Books and Gifts    
Christiansted, Virgin Islands

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Online


If we’re missing any black-owned bookstores or need corrections on what’s posted above, please let us know in the comments.

Claire Handscombe is a British writer who moved to Washington, DC, in 2012, ostensibly to study for an MFA in Creative Writing, but really, let’s be honest, because of an obsession with The West Wing. She is the host of the Brit Lit Podcast, a monthly show about news and views from UK books and publishing; the author of Unscripted, a novel about a young woman with a celebrity crush and a determined plan; and the editor of Walk With Us: How The West Wing Changed Our Lives.



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