Washtenaw County Independent Bookstore Roundup

Book lovers, rejoice!  Washtenaw County is home to multiple independent bookstores and book sellers, covering many genres and titles. Looking for new releases? We have you covered! Trying to find something rare? There are many options to choose from. Don’t forget to support your local library’s Friends stores, too. You may just find a great deal there.

Adventure, Ink

Located in downtown Milan, this store carries comics, graphic novels, board games, trading cards, gifts and more. They also host reading clubs and events.

108 E. Main St, Milan. 734-545-8899.

Hours: Tues.-Fri. 11 a.m.-8 p.m, Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m, closed Sunday and Monday.

Black Stone Bookstore and Cultural Center

Located in downtown Ypsilanti, this store specializes in new books and merchandise. The store also hosts author talks and events.

214 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. 734-961-7376.

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.


The shop sells new books as well as book-related merchandise.

1729 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-929-4112.

Hours: Mon.-Tues. 10 a.m.-7 p.m, Wed.-Sun. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Clock Tower Comix

The shop sells comics, collectibles, vinyl, sports cards, and more.

518 N. Main St, Chelsea. 734-593-9137.

Hours: Tues. -Sat, 11 a.m.-8 p.m, Sun. 12 a.m.-6 p.m, closed Mondays.

The Dawn Treader Book Shop

This store has a collection of over 70,000 books that cover more than 100 topics and genres, from fiction to philosophy, science and mathematics, art and foreign language titles. They also carry an extensive collection of rare and antiquarian books, first editions, and signed copies.

514 E. Liberty St. 734-995-1008

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m, Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Fine Print Bookshop

The shop carries new books across all ages and genres, as well as board games, puzzles, and gifts. 

109 E. Michigan Ave, Saline. 734-470-6525

Hours: Mon. 10am-3pm. Tues.-Fri. 10am-6pm, Sat. 10-4, Sun. 1pm-3pm.

Fun 4 All Comics

The store features comic books, graphic novels, games, collectibles and more.

3733 Carpenter Rd, Ypsilanti. 734-477-9994

Hours: Mon.-Tues. 11 a.m.-8 p.m, Wed.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-9 p.m, Fri. 11 a.m.-10 p.m, Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m, Sun. 12 p.m.-6 p.m.


Located in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, this store hosts author events, book clubs, story times, discussion panels, and subscription clubs. They sell a variety of books and merchandise.

124 E. Washington St, Ann Arbor. 734-585-5567.

Hours: Mon.- Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m, Sun. 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Matthaei Botanical Garden Gift Shop

Located at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, the gift shop sells a variety of nature and garden-themed books and gifts.

1800 N. Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor.734-647-7600.

Hours: Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m, closed Mondays.

Motte and Bailey Booksellers

This store specializes in used and unusual books, with a focus on history, architecture, music, science, politics and military history.

212 N. 4th Ave, Ann Arbor. 734-669-0451.

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Our Lady of Grace Bookstore

Located in Domino’s Farms Office Park, this store sells religious books, along with CDs, DVDs, gifts and more.

24 Frank Lloyd Wright Dr, Ann Arbor. C-1200. 734-930-3747.

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m, Sat. 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m, closed Sunday.

Rock Paper Scissors

Located in downtown Ann Arbor and downtown Saline, this shop offers a variety of books from pop culture, cookbooks, bridal books, humor, and more. The shops also carry gifts, games and puzzles, stationery, candles, gourmet food items, clothing, and more.

216 S. Main St., Ann Arbor 734-531-6264

Hours: Sun.-Tues. 10 a.m.-6 p.m, Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

104 W. Michigan Ave, Saline.

Hours: Tues.-Fri. 11 a.m.-6 p.m, Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m, closed Sun. and Mon.

Rock Paper Scissors Jr.

Located in downtown Saline, this children’s boutique offers a variety of books for babies, kids, and chapter readers. Selections include pop culture books, Little Golden Books, Mad Libs, history books, and more. The shop also carries a large variety of activity books, puzzles, games, toys, and more.

106 W. Michigan Ave, Saline.

Hours: Tues.-Fri. 11 a.m.-6 p.m, Sat. 10 a.m-4 p.m, closed Sun. and Mon.

Schuler Books

This general-interest bookstore sells new titles for all ages, and will soon include used as well. In addition, they feature a newsstand, a large selection of curated gifts, stationery and art supplies. They have a dedicated children’s section, and host storytimes and author events featuring local authors.

2513 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor. 734-662-0600.

Hours Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-8 p.m, Sun. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Secret Crisis Comics

This store sells comics, trading cards, manga and trade paperbacks, games and collectibles.

1165 S. Main St., Chelsea. 734-593-7110.

Hours: Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m, Mon. 12 p.m.-7 p.m, Tues. closed, Wed.-Fri. 12 p.m.-7 p.m, Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Serendipity Books

This woman-owned bookstore, located in historic downtown Chelsea, offers a curated selection of new and used books, as well as stickers, totes, mugs, journals and other gifts. They host a monthly book club, children’s story times, author signings and other literary events. 

108 E. Middle St, Chelsea. 734-475-7148.

Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-6 p.m, Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m, Sun. 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Third Mind Books

Specializing in new and used books from the Beat Generation, this store offers rare and unique items and special editions. They also host musical and literary events, including open mic nights.

118 E. Washington St, Ann Arbor. 734-994-3241.

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m, Sun. 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Vault of Midnight

In operation since 1996, they have locations in Detroit and Grand Rapids as well. The store features comic books, board games and RPGs, t-shirts, blind boxed figures, full size designer vinyl toys and a wide variety of plush toys as well.

219 S. Main St, Ann Arbor. 734-998-1413.

Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-8 p.m, Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 

West Side Bookshop

In operation since 1975, this antiquarian book shop carries a wide variety of used and rare books. They deal in many subjects, with a strong emphasis on travel and exploration, Michigan history, and literary first editions.

113 W. Liberty St. 734-995-1891.

Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m, Sun. 12 p.m.-5 p.m.