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

This directory is regularly updated to reflect new stores. Last update: 5/10/2022


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).

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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. The map above shows Black-owned Libro.fm partner stores, while the list below is more comprehensive.

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


United States

Arizona

Grassrootz Bookstore & Juice Bar
Phoenix, AZ

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Arkansas

California

Ashay By the Bay
Vallejo, CA

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Carol’s Books
Sacramento, CA

Chukaruka
Fontana, CA

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The Collective Oakland
Oakland, CA

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D3 Comic Book Spot
Richmond, CA

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Eclectuals
Lakewood, CA

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Eso Won Bookstore
Los Angeles, CA

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Legendary Coffee and Books
Stockton, CA

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Malik Books
Los Angeles, CA

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Marcus Books
Oakland, CA

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MiJa Books
Lakewood, CA

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Old Capitol Books
Monterey, CA

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Reparations Club
Los Angeles, CA

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The Salt Eaters Bookshop
Los Angeles, CA

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Shades of Afrika
Long Beach, CA & Corona, CA

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Underground Books
Sacramento, CA

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Word of Life Christian Bookstores
Los Angeles, CA

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Colorado

Shop at Matter
Denver, CO

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Tattered Cover
Denver, CO

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Connecticut

Burgundy Books
Old Saybrook, CT

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Key Bookstore
Hartford, CT

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People Get Ready
New Haven, CT

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Reader’s Block LLC
Stratford, CT

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Delaware

MeJah Books Inc.
Claymont, DE

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District of Columbia

Loyalty Books
Washington, DC

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Mahogany Books
Washington, DC

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Sankofa Video, Books, & Cafe
Washington, DC

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Solid State Books
Washington, DC

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Florida

Cultured Books
St. Petersburg, FL

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DARE Books
Longwood, FL

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Eden Books
Chiefland, FL

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Kizzy’s Books & More
Winter Garden, FL

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Pyramid Books
Boynton Beach, FL

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Sankofa Essential Books
Tallahassee, FL

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Georgia

The Book Cellar
Conyers, GA

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All Things Inspiration Giftique
Mableton, GA

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Book Boutique
Atlanta, GA

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The Book Worm Bookstore
Powder Springs, GA

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Brave + Kind Bookshop
Decatur, GA

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Covenant Christian Bookstore
Lilburn, GA

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For Keeps Bookstore
Atlanta, GA

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Good Books
Atlanta, GA

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House Of Pages Bookstore
Peachtree Corners, GA

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The Listening Tree
Decatur, GA

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Medu Bookstore
Atlanta, GA

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Nubian Bookstore
Morrow, GA

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Onyx Bookstore Cafe LLC
Covington, GA

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Scribes & Vibes
Conyers, GA

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Yes, Please Books
Scottdale, GA

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44th and 3rd Bookseller
Atlanta, GA

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Illinois

Afriware Books
Maywood, IL

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Da Book Joint
Chicago, IL

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Frontline Bookstore
Chicago, IL

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Lushena Bookstore
Chicago, IL

Semicolon Bookstore
Chicago, IL

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Indiana

Beyond Barcodes
Kokomo, IN

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Brainlair Books
South Bend, IN

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Iowa

The Soul Book Nook LLC.
Waterloo, IN

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Kansas

Aya Coffee + Books
Kansas City, KS

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Bliss Books & Wine
Kansas City, KS

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Twice Told Tales
McPherson, KS

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Kentucky

Akoma Books
Evansville, IN

Wild Fig Coffee & Books
Lexington, KY

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Louisiana

Community Book Center
New Orleans, LA

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Maryland

Everyone’s Place Bookstore
Baltimore, MD

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Red Emma’s
Baltimore, MD

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Urban Reads Bookstore
Baltimore, MD

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Wisdom Book Center
Gwynn Oak, MD

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Massachusetts

Frugal Bookstore
Roxbury, MA

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Olive Tree Books N Voices
Springfield, MA

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Susie’s Stories
Rockport, MA

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Michigan

Comma Bookstore
Flint, MI

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Detroit Book City
Detroit, MI

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Nandi’s Knowledge Cafe
Highland Park, MI

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Source Booksellers
Detroit, MI

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The Resistance
Lansing, MI

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Socialight Society
Lansing, MI

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we are LIT
Grand Rapids, MI

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27th Letter Books
Detroit, MI

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Minnesota

Babycake’s Book Stack
St Paul, MN

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Black Garnet Books
Minneapolis, MN

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Planting People Growing Justice
Saint Paul, MN

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Mississippi


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

Missouri

Redux Society
Kansas City, MO

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Progressive Emporium & Education Center
St. Louis, MO

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Willa’s Books & Vinyl
Kansas City, MO

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Nebraska

New Jersey

La Unique Books
Camden, NJ

The Little Boho Bookshop
Bayonne, NJ

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Source of Knowledge
Newark, NJ

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New York

Blenheim Hill Books
Hobart, NY

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Bronx Bound Books
Mobile Bookstore

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The Bronx Is Reading
Bronx, NY

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Café Con Libros
Brooklyn, NY

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The Lit. Bar
The Bronx, NY

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Kulture Cafe
Harriman, NY

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Sisters Uptown
New York City, NY

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Zawadi Books
Buffalo, NY

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North Carolina

Liberation Station
Durham, NC

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Rofhiwa Book Café
Durham, NC

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Shelves Bookstore
Charlotte, NC

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Ohio

Black Art Plus
Columbus, OH

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A Cultural Exchange
Cleveland, OH

Smith and Hannon Bookstore
Cincinnati, OH

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Oklahoma

Fulton Street Books and Coffee
Tulsa, OK

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Mocha Bookstore
Tulsa, OK

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Nappy Roots Books
Oklahoma City, OK

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Oregon

Third Eye Books
Portland, OR

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Pennsylvania

Amalgram
Philadelphia, PA

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Baby Word Play
Philadelphia, PA

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The Black Reserve Bookstore
Landsdale, PA

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Books & Stuff
Philadelphia, PA

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Hakim’s Bookstore
Philadelphia, PA

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Harriett’s Bookshop
Philadelphia, PA

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Heart & Soul Books
Harrisburg, PA (currently online))

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The Black Reserve Bookstore
Landsville, PA

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The Tiny Bookstore
Pittsburgh, PA

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Uncle Bobbie’s Books
Philadelphia, PA

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South Carolina

Turning Page Bookshop
Goose Creek, SC

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Tennessee

DeMoir Books & Things
Memphis, TN

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Texas

Beauty & Brains Books
Houston, TX

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Black Pearl Books
Austin, TX

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The Dock Bookshop
Fort Worth, TX

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Enda’s Booktique
Duncanville, TX

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Kindred Stories
Houston, TX

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Pan-African Connection
Dallas, TX

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Virginia

Books and Crannies
Martinsville, VA

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Harambee Books & Artworks
Alexandria, VA

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Positive Vibes
Virginia Beach, VA

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Washington

Estelita’s Library
Seattle, WA

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

Parable Books
Tacoma, WA

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Wisconsin

The Itty Bitty Bookstore
Stoughton, WI

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Canada

A Different Booklist
Toronto, Ontario

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Knowledge Bookstore
Brampton, Ontario

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Librairie Racines
Montreal, Quebec

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Tracy Bookshop
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

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Ghana

AkooBooks
Accra, Greater Accra

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U.S. Virgin Islands

Undercover Books and Gifts
Christiansted, Virgin Islands

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Online + Pop-up

AALBC
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Be BOMB Book Club
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Beyond This February
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Cafe Noir
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CLASS Bookstore
Houston, TX

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Eclectuals
Lakewood, CA

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The Knowledge Lounge Books
Eastern Iowa

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Loving Me Books
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Miss Read Books
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Redwood Books
South Florida

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Resist Booksellers
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Rose Café
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Sscarlet’s Web
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Sistah Scifi
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SOA Co.
*supporting Houston, TX authors

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Stone Catcher Books
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*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.

107 thoughts on “Black-Owned Bookstores to Support Right Now (and Always)

    1. I saw the article about the Seattle black-owned book store as well, and am not sure whether it is still open. I plan to email and check. We need more BLACK OWNED BUSINESSES. this is insane.

  1. Thank you so much for including Marshall’s Music & Book Store in Jackson, MS, the oldest continuously operated Black-owned bookstore in America. 82 years and counting! Owner operator Jone Primm does not currently have a good website, but anyone can place special orders for delivery or curbside by calling 601-355-5335. Jone has tracked down everything from THE PARKER INHERITANCE to BREAK EVERY YOKE to WITTGENSTEIN’S MISTRESS for me, and we do it all by phone. The website you list is not Marshall’s. Thank you for updating Marshall’s name, removing the website, adding the phone number, and for including Marshall’s located on Jackson’s historic Farish Street.

    1. Hi Louisa! Thank you for bringing this to our attention. The link has been removed and the phone number added. Have a great day!

  2. Hi there! Thanks so much for this list. I tried to change my account to be supporting Aframerican Bookstore in Omaha (yay! didn’t even know about it until now) but it’s not an option. Any ideas?

    Thanks so much!

    1. Hi! Glad you now know about Aframerican Bookstore! However, the bookstores with asterisks* are Libro.fm partner stores—so feel free to reach out to them to buy books directly from them, and ask them email hello@libro.fm to become an audiobook partner.

    1. Becky Thank you so much! AALBC has maintained a list like this for over 20 years: https://aalbc.com/bookstores/list.php It is great to see others doing the same thing to promote our business.

      Amazon (sorry to bring them up) won’t even so much a add a hyperlink to their own affiliates sites! This is why I boycott Amazon and have partnered with Libro.fm for audiobook sales on AALBC

      1. Thanks for your support, Troy, and for bringing this list to our attention. We’ve updated our list to include those on AALBC’s, and have linked their list up at the top!

  3. Maybe I’m missing reading it wrong, but I don’t understand the statement regarding Libro.fm storefront purchases directly supporting the bookstore. Don’t all purchases directly support the bookstore?

  4. Hi is there a way we can support multiple businesses at once with our purchases on libro? I know there is an option to divide it among all the bookstores, but is there a way to choose like 3 or 4? I’d like to give it to multiple black owned and/or queer owned bookshops.

    1. Hi, Laura! Unfortunately not, but you can support multiple stores by making audiobook purchases via different bookstores’ storefronts. You can switch the bookstore you support at any time at https://libro.fm/indies. A workaround is to occasionally switch the bookstore you support with your membership, or to temporarily switch your bookstore to make an a-la-carte or gift membership purchase.

  5. Harambee Books – Alexandria VA – https://harambeebooks.org/shop
    Dare Books – Longwood FL – https://darebooks.com/
    Black Dot Cultural Center – Lithonia GA – https://www.blackdotcc.com/
    The Listening Tree – Decatur GA – https://listeningtreebooks.com/
    Nubian Books – Morrow GA – https://www.facebook.com/Nubian-Bookstore-110668169013960/
    Olive Tree Books N Voices – Springfield MA – olivetreebooksonline.com/
    Everyone’s Place – Baltimore MD – https://www.facebook.com/everyonesplacebookstore/
    Wisdom Book Center – Gwynn Oak MD – https://wisdombookcenter.com/
    We Are LIT – Grand Rapids MI – https://wearelitgr.com/
    La Unique African American Books & Cultural Center – Camden NJ – http://www.launiquebooks.net/
    Books & Stuff – Philadelphia PA – https://www.booksandstuff.info/
    Enda’s Booktique – Duncanville TX – https://endasbooktique.com/
    Positive Vibes – Virginia Beach VA – https://www.positivevibesva.com/

  6. Hi there! Thank you so much for this list. I’m curious if there’s a way to show which of the libro.fm partner stores have the most (and least) support on your platform? Maybe a graph at the end, or maybe a “# of supporters” after the name perhaps? (in a way that wasn’t dishonoring of course) Since there are none I’m familiar with firsthand on this list, I’d really like to support one that has less support, and therefore is potentially in greater need. Thank you for the consideration!

    1. Hi Leah! Thanks for reaching out and for your support of Black-owned bookstores. Unfortunately, we can’t share the number of customers each store has through Libro.fm. However, we can share that Beyond Barcodes, Harriett’s Bookshop, and Pyramid Books have all become Libro.fm partner bookstores fairly recently. We hope this helps and thanks again!

  7. I’m not 100% sure LEMS bookstore in Seattle is still open. Their number has been disconnected, and I cannot find a new number or store hours at this time.

    1. Hi Tammy, thank you for bringing this to our attention! They have been removed from the list. We appreciate you reaching out.

  8. Janco bookstore is out of business here in Las Vegas. Tried going to their location and it’s gone and there is no website for online orders.

  9. Hello, do we know if any of the bookstores listed are in dire need of support. I’d love to purchase some books and support a business that is struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic. Thank you!

    1. Hi Amy, we recommend checking out bookstores’ social media to get an idea of how they’re doing. Thanks for supporting Black-owned bookstores!

    2. Hi Amy,
      I’m not sure if they are in dire need, but I know in the last few months Uncle Bobbies in PA had some unfortunate things happen, including but not limited to having their windows busted out multiple times.

      1. Thanks so much, Kelsey! Can you please add our Instagram? (We’re not on Twitter.). Thanks again for the partnership!
        Cheers-
        Jocelyn

  10. Hello and thank you for creating this list. I just wanted to be annoying and let you know that there is a spelling mistake in the town where the one shop in Wisconsin is located. You have it down as Sloughton and it is actually Stoughton. Just thought I’d pass that along in case someone cannot figure out where “Sloughton” is 🙂

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