The 10 Best Bookstores in Louisiana!

Books have such power and influence in our lives. Whether taking us on a fantastical adventure, showing us places we have never seen before, or spreading knowledge page by page. Books can open those doors. Here are 10 of the best bookstores in Louisiana.

1. Cottonwood Books, Baton Rouge, LA

Serving the Baton Rouge area for 27 years, this little bookstore is full of books for everyone. Having old, new, and rare books their variety is unparalleled. They have over 40,000 new and used selections sitting in their 1,700-square-foot space that span almost every topic. Owned and operated by Dan Plaisance since 1986, this store is known as a book lovers dream. Some specialties of theirs are Louisiana history, the civil war, and southern tradition.

2. Alexander Books, Lafayette, LA

Opening in 1989 in the heart of Acadiana, this family operated bookstore is a unique place. Specializing in used and out of print hardcover as well as paperback books they emphasize quality and condition in their selections. Open Tuesday-Saturday this store also trade, buys, and sells books with their customers as long as the quality meets their strict standards.

3. Beckham’s Bookshop, New Orleans, LA

Located in the historic French Quarter, this bookshop has been operating as second hand booksellers for over 45 years. The shop occupies a two-story space with around 50,000-60,000 second-hand books for sale. They carry volumes on just about every topic one can think though specialize in New Orleans, Louisiana, and the south. Topics in those areas mostly include histories, architecture, music, and cooking as it relates to the region. Stop by this famous bookstore on your way to grab some beignets at Café du Monde or to see St. Louis Cathedral overlooking Jackson Square.

4. The Thrifty Peanut, Shreveport, LA

This interesting store in north Louisiana has been buying, selling, and trading books since 2006. Their passion for books combined with the over nine years of experience has culminated into a large bookshop with lots of diversity and reasonable prices. The people at The Thrifty Peanut want to make things easy for their customer. So, patrons are welcome to place orders for hard to find items and the store will go out to get it for you! Even things like summer reading lists for students can be simply sent to this store and picked up just a few days later. Their Partnership Program also allows other local book stores and non-profits utilize their large shipping and storage facilities with no long-term contracts. The Thrifty Peanut is a great local bookstore in Shreveport that supports its customers and community.

5. Garden District Book Shop, New Orleans, LA

This store occupies a space in what is called The Rink on Washington and Prytania Avenue in the Garden District of New Orleans. Carrying a large selection of regional titles ranging from art, architecture, design, and more the store also has tons of signed first editions. National authors also occupy the space with titles in fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books. Originally built in 1884 as the Crescent City Skating Rink to lure passing tourists, this historic space still attracts those strolling the streets of the garden district taking in the beautiful sites.

6. The Conundrum, St. Francisville, LA

Selling the finest of books and puzzles in the town of St. Francisville, The Conundrum has signed copies of regional authors, fun book lover memorabilia, and nationally selling titles. Signed copies of Tom Benson’s “A Billionaire’s Journey,” “The Louisiana Homes of A. Hays Town,” “Slim Hawkins: Blues King Bee of Baton Rouge,” and more can all be found at this shop. Still, titles by authors such as J.K. Rowling and many children’s books about the region can be found in this quaint countryside store. The unique and rare collections are sure to impress every visitor!

7. Bent Pages, Houma, LA

This local shop in Houma doubles as a coffee shop where are able to customers can sit back, relax, and enjoy the selections before making a purchase. Run by owners, Molly and Kay, the store sells new and used books from national as well as local writers. Books are able to be reserved in advance and discount grab bags are often available where customers can choose from a grab bag of used books for a steal of a price. Have a friend who loves books? Bent Pages also offers gift certificates so loved can go pick out their favorite reads.

8. Blue Cypress Books, New Orleans, LA

Oak Street in the river bend area of Uptown in New Orleans is known for its embracing atmosphere. It is no wonder that Blue Cypress Books located on that very street puts out that same love and care for their new and used books. Their wide range of fiction, nonfiction, classic novels, photography, science, and more are available to be bought, sold, or traded! Second hand New Orleans cookbooks, children’s books, and Louisiana fiction plus nonfiction are also available. Open everyday except Sunday, this store makes buying and selling books with them easy as they have their criteria listed right on their website.

9. The Book Sack, Slidell, LA

Two natives out of Slidell, Judd and Betty, opened this local store together in 1992. Their pre-owned discount pricing makes it friendly for all locals looking for that perfect book. The owners also offer a call or email request service where customers can request a hard to find book. Betty, Mary Lou, or Judd will personally make it their mission to find that book for his customer. They stock previously read paperback, hardback, and new first editions with rare books as well as a great selection of Children’s books also available for purchase. Stop by The Book Sack on Bayou Lane anytime between 10a.m.-5p.m. every Tuesday-Saturday.

10. Faulkner House Books, New Orleans, LA

Owned and operated by attorney Joseph J. DeSalvo Jr., this store specialized in fine literature, rare editions, and many works by Mr. Faulkner himself. Described by many collectors as one of America’s most charming book stores Faulkner House Books brings a welcoming feeling to everyone who enters. Though its location doesn’t hurt as it is located just off Jackson Square opposite of St. Louis Cathedral’s rear garden! Also home to the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, this literary community has had its home here for over 20 years! The store is happy to help find all rare, signed, and out of print books with just a simple phone call.

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