9 Independent Brandywine Valley Bookstores to Put on Your Radar
Bibliophiles will spend endless hours perusing the shelves at these spots.
This gently used bookstore recently re-opened its door in a brand new location in Wilmington. Owner Connie Maglio works to keep the store print books alive and well in the digital age. While they don’t buyyour books, they do offer deep discounts on titles.
1400 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, Del.
This five-story building is chock full of nooks and secondhand books. Inside, you’ll fine an array of New World literature, maps and prints. A wood-burning stove gives the space a warm, erudite atmosphere—though some still think it’s haunted.
865 Lenape Road, West Chester, Pa.
After some recent renovations, Between Books is back and better than ever. It may look like a small space from the outside, but inside there’s no lack of selection. From science fiction to romance to comics, Between Books has something for every reader.
3203 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, Del.
This independent shop specializes in new, key and back issue comics and graphic novels. The Comic Book Shop also stocks vintage toys and action figures and gaming supplies. The knowledgeable staff is constantly seeking out and buying new collections to make sure the stock is fresh. The store also hosts a number of creator meet and greets and book clubs.
1855 Marsh Road, Wilmington, Del.
At just 826 square feet, this local staple is small, but mighty. Packed shelves of both new and used books, owner Rebecca Dowling ensures there’s something for every taste. Plus, the collection of used titles go for half of the original cover price and shoppers can consign any title from their personal collection to receive a trade credit. Hockessin Book Shelf also offers tons of book clubs like the “Eat, Drink, Read” program, Mystery Lovers and “Not Your Average” club for young adults.
7179 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, Del.
A popular location for poetry and author readings, Main Point Books curates a selection of titles that are both aesthetically and literarily beautiful. The cozy spot also offers book groups, from SciFi to Girls in Capes, which celebrates literature written by and focusing on individuals from diverse backgrounds.
116 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, Pa.
Oak Knoll specializes in rare and out-of-print titles, as well as all things publishing and print making. Located in the heart of New Castle, Oak Knoll houses nearly 28,000 titles ranging from literary criticism to Delaware authors to fine press books.
310 Delaware St., New Castle, Del.
Stocked with used books, antiquarian volumes and out-of-print novels, the Title Page is a book collectors’ dream. Along with its wide selection of literature, the Title Page specializes in tomes relating to sporting, fine bindings and architecture.
1 Franklin St., Bryn Mawr, Pa.
From setting up a Tournament of Books to correspond with March Madness to serving wine, the Towne Book Center approaches reading in innovative, exciting ways. With its Reading Olympics and Young Creatives writing groups, this bookstore instills a love of literature in people of all ages. Be sure to check out the 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die book club, or simply stop by for a glass of Pinot and book suggestion.
220 Plaza Drive, Collegeville, Pa.