Bookstores

Kalamazoo Public Library Friends Bookstore


http://www.kpl.gov/friends/bookstore/
Kalamazoo 49007
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How can you not love a bookstore with the motto – “Gently Used Books, Very Gently Priced.” Located in the lower level of the downtown library, this store sells used books for between 10 cents and $2.50. And the proceeds go to support the Friends of the Library mission of supporting the library and promoting literacy and reading in the community – and to provide low-cost reading materials to the public. At the bookstore, college students get 20 percent off the already low prices, teachers buy bags of books to supplement their classroom libraries, and others come just to add to their collections of works by favorite authors.

If you go, be sure to check out their weekly specials.

315 S. Rose St. Hours: Wed 12 – 7pm; Thurs-Sat 10am-4pm

Kazoo Books


407 North Clarendon Street
Kalamazoo 49006
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Hands-down this is our favorite. Owner Gloria Tiller opened her first Kazoo Books location in 1988 which she described as “a simple little paperback used bookstore.” The original store was expanded in 1999 and the Parkview location added four years later to keep up with growing demand for new and used books. Kazoo Books is now an Amazon.com affiliate and Tiller orders directly from publishers and distributors. Tiller still sells used books — but only those in excellent condition; patrons are welcome to bring in second-hand titles to be considered for trade. Additionally, Tiller deals in highly collectible books and is trained to appraise valuable literary works. She is among a staff of seven, including husband James, that work together to hold a multitude of special events with a particular focus on local authors and the cultivation of literacy. A knowledgeable staff, large inventory and personal service are all components that contribute to the longevity of Kazoo Books.

407 N. Clarendon St. (just 1 mile from Stuart Avenue Inn) and 2413 Parkview Ave. Don’t be misled – both buildings look deceptively small from the outside, but provide plenty of book shelves, wandering room, and reading nooks inside.

Hours: 10 – 6 Monday through Saturday.

MIichigan News Agency


308 W MICHIGAN AVE.
Kalamazoo 49007
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O.k. this is not a traditional bookstore – but it is a tradition in Kalamazoo. This downtown Kalamazoo icon has been “Bringing the World to You Since ’47.” Operating 6am to 8pm 365 days a year, this store stocks 6,500 different magazine titles, 16,000 paperback books and about eight different newspapers. A trip to Kalamazoo is not complete without a trip to the Michigan News.

308 E. Michigan Ave. (less than a mile from Stuart Avenue Inn – really – you can walk there!)

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