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

This directory is regularly updated to reflect new stores. Last update: 6/3/2021

Being an antiracist reader means not only educating ourselves, but also paying attention to the institutions we support financially. Check out this directory of Black-owned bookstores to get started (you can also use our bookstore finder).

Looking for more? Browse audiobooks by Black authors, see our antiracism playlists, and check out how we’re celebrating Juneteenth.

image of a map and Black-owned partner stores

Note: Stores listed with Storefronts below are partner stores—meaning that when you purchase audiobooks from their Storefront, it directly supports their bookstore. The map above shows Black-owned partner stores, while the list below is more comprehensive.

Bookstores: Want to become a partner store? Email, and we’ll take care of the rest.

United States



Ashay By the Bay      
Vallejo, CA

Carol’s Books
Sacramento, CA

Fontana, CA Storefront

D3 Comic Book Spot      
Richmond, CA

Lakewood, CA Storefront

Eso Won Bookstore    
Los Angeles, CA Storefront

Legendary Coffee and Books    
Stockton, CA

Malik Books      
Los Angeles, CA Storefront

Marcus Books    
Oakland, CA

Old Capitol Books    
Monterey, CA

Reparations Club      
Los Angeles, CA Storefront

The Salt Eaters Bookshop  
Los Angeles, CA

Shades of Afrika      
Long Beach, CA & Corona, CA

Underground Books  
Sacramento, CA

Word of Life Christian Bookstores    
Los Angeles, CA



Burgundy Books    
Old Saybrook, CT

Key Bookstore      
Hartford, CT Storefront

People Get Ready      
New Haven, CT Storefront


MeJah Books Inc.    
Claymont, DE

District of Columbia

Loyalty Books    
Washington, DC Storefront

Mahogany Books      
Washington, DC Storefront

Solid State Books      
Washington, DC Storefront


Cultured Books    
St. Petersburg, FL Storefront

DARE Books      
Longwood, FL

Eden Books      
Chiefland, FL Storefront

Pyramid Books      
Boynton Beach, FL Storefront

Sankofa Essential Books      
Tallahassee, FL Storefront


Book Boutique    
Atlanta, GA

The Book Worm Bookstore    
Powder Springs, GA Storefront

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 Storefront


Afriware Books      
Maywood, IL Storefront

Da Book Joint    
Chicago, IL Storefront

Frontline Bookstore    
Chicago, IL

Lushena Bookstore
Chicago, IL


Brainlair Books      
South Bend, IN Storefront


The Soul Book Nook LLC.  
Waterloo, IN


Aya Coffee + Books    
Kansas City, KS Storefront

Bliss Books & Wine      
Kansas City, KS Storefront


Akoma Books
Evansville, IN

Wild Fig Coffee & Books      
Lexington, KY


Community Book Center    
New Orleans, LA


Everyone’s Place Bookstore  
Baltimore, MD

Red Emma’s      
Baltimore, MD Storefront

Wisdom Book Center    
Gwynn Oak, MD


Frugal Bookstore      
Roxbury, MA

Susie’s Stories    
Rockport, MA


Comma Bookstore    
Flint, MI

Detroit Book City      
Detroit, MI Storefront

Nandi’s Knowledge Cafe    
Highland Park, MI

we are LIT      
Grand Rapids, MI Storefront

27th Letter Books      
Detroit, MI Storefront


Black Garnet Books    
Minneapolis, MN Storefront


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


Progressive Emporium & Education Center  
St. Louis, MO

Willa’s Books & Vinyl    
Kansas City, MO


New Jersey

La Unique Books
Camden, NJ

Source of Knowledge    
Newark, NJ Storefront

New York

Blenheim Hill Books  
Hobart, NY

Bronx Bound Books    
Mobile Bookstore Storefront

Café Con Libros      
Brooklyn, NY Storefront

The Lit. Bar      
The Bronx, NY Storefront

Sisters Uptown      
New York City, NY Storefront

Zawadi Books    
Buffalo, NY

North Carolina

Liberation Station    
Durham, NC

Rofhiwa Book Café      
Durham, NC


Black Art Plus  
Columbus, OH

A Cultural Exchange
Cleveland, OH

Smith and Hannon Bookstore  
Cincinnati, OH


Nappy Roots Books    
Oklahoma City, OK



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 Storefront

Uncle Bobbie’s Books      
Philadelphia, PA Storefront

South Carolina

Turning Page Bookshop      
Goose Creek, SC Storefront


DeMoir Books & Things      
Memphis, TN


Beauty & Brains Books  
Houston, TX Storefront

The Dock Bookshop      
Fort Worth, TX Storefront

Enda’s Booktique    
Duncanville, TX Storefront


Books and Crannies      
Martinsville, VA Storefront

Harambee Books & Artworks    
Alexandria, VA

Positive Vibes    
Virginia Beach, VA


L.E.M.S. Bookstore
Seattle, WA


The Itty Bitty Bookstore    
Stoughton, WI


A Different Booklist      
Toronto, Ontario

Knowledge Bookstore      
Brampton, Ontario Storefront

Librairie Racines    
Montreal, Quebec


Accra, Greater Accra Storefront

U.S. Virgin Islands

Undercover Books and Gifts    
Christiansted, Virgin Islands Storefront


Beyond This February Storefront

Stone Catcher Books Storefront

*pop-ups in Greenville, SC

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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