Shop Local for Used Books in Lansing

Cooler weather is here, and with that comes the draw of spending the evening snuggled up in a blanket with a good book. Stocking up on enough great reads to get you through the long Michigan winter can get expensive, so I’ve put together a list of places to shop local for used books across the Lansing area. Build up that book pile and support your community at the same time at these businesses.

Curious Bookshop | East Lansing

An East Lansing staple since 1973, Curious Book Shop is a used and rare book store with more than 50,000 items.

Check out the Curious Bookshop Facebook page for more information on hours, specials and events.

Capital Area District Libraries | Various Locations

Did you know that several Capital Area District Libraries (CADL) locations have their own used book stores?

Check out The Book Burrow in Downtown Lansing, The Bookend at the Haslett Library, and Book Worm Heaven (currently under construction as of November 2023) at the Mason CADL branch.

Learn about different ways you can shop these used book sales, or donate some yourself, at the CADL website.

The Robin Books | REO Town, Lansing

Robin bookstore front

The Robin Theatre is now hosting a tiny used bookstorel. Find a curated selection of unique books and enjoy a stroll through the rest of REO Town while you’re there!

Follow along with news from The Robin Books on Instagram.

The Bookshelf | Holt

Stop by this independent bookstore for books and more. And don’t forget to check out their Facebook page for news on frequent 50% off all merchandise sales!

A Novel Concept | Lansing

This Downtown Lansing shop is an independent, woman-owned bookstore with new and used books. The store’s website hosts reading lists on specific interests such as intersectional feminism or nonfiction nature reads. Find locations, hours and book recommendations from the shop on Instagram. 

I hope this list gives you a few local places to start your used book journey. Beyond these, I also recommend checking the book section of the thrift store — there are always gems to be found on the shelves there, and at great prices, too. Happy reading!

Found some great books you want to discuss with others? Read our post on why you should start a book club! 

Joy is a wife, mom, friend and neighbor who lives in the City of Lansing and loves it! She gets excited about the outdoors, cold brew coffee, international cuisine and meeting new people. You can follow her Lansing area adventures at her personal blog @hometownfound on Instagram.


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