Fun fact about Antigone Books: itโ€™s 100% solar powered.

Tucson โค๏ธโ€™s reading.ย 

We are a city filled with bookworms interested in all genres of literature. Fortunately for us, we have plenty of locally-owned bookstores and pop-up book shops to help you find your next must-read book.

Here is our updated list (in alphabetical order) of local bookstores to check out. Happy reading, Tucson! ๐Ÿ“š

Antigone Books

Exterior of Antigone Books in Tucson, AZ. on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.ย 

Antigone Books has been a Tucson staple since the 1970s. The woman-owned bookstore has a diverse collection of regional, kids, LGBTQ+ and non-fiction books. Plus, the store is 100% solar-powered!ย 

Where: 411 N. Fourth Ave.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; Closed on Monday.

For more information, visit their website.

Barrio Books

Books are on display around a light up books sign, made by Syrena Arevalo-Trujilo and her husband, at Barrio Books at Hotel McCoy, 720 W. Silverlake Road.

Barrio Books started as a pop-up book shop in 2019 and quickly caught the attention of many Tucsonans. The locally-owned shop is now housed at Hotel McCoy on Tucsonโ€™s west side. According to theirย website, you'll be able to find books by local, Indigenous, Black and LGBTQ+ authors at this hidden bookshop.

Where:ย 720 W. Silverlake Road

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; Closed on Monday.

For more information, visit their website.

Bookmans

Cassidy Crone stocks books in the young adult section at Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, 6230 E. Speedway.

Bookmans is an Arizona-based bookstore that has multiple locations throughout Tucson. The store offers tons of used (and some new) books from every genre. They have a large collection of kids' books, too!ย 

Where:ย 6230 E. Speedway; 3330 E. Speedway; 3733 W. Ina Road

Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

For more information, visit theirย website.


Friends Book Barn

Kathleen Greiner peruses a small portion of the fiction section at the 35th annual Friends of the Tucson-Pima Public Library Book sale.

Buy books online and pick them up in person through the Friends of the Pima County Public Libraryโ€™s online โ€œbook barn.โ€ The best part? Books only cost $5 and all proceeds benefit the Pima County Public Library system here in Southern Arizona.ย 

Where: 3121 E. Bray Road

Hours: 9 a.m. to noon Monday-Saturday (for pick-up)

For more information, visit their website.

Littlest Bookshop

Cassie Smith, left, flips through a book as her husband, Steven, is seated beside her at The Littlest Bookshop.

The Littlest Bookshop is one of Tucsonโ€™s newest kidsโ€™ bookstores that opened at the beginning of this year. The shop offers a wide variety of childrenโ€™s books and hosts a weekly story time session on Saturdays.ย 

Where:ย 5011 E. Fifth St.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday; Closed on Monday.

For more information, visit their website.

Mildred & Dildred

Children's books on display at Mildred and Dildred located at 1725 N. Swan Road, on Jan. 7, 2021.

Local toy store Mildred & Dildred offers books for babies, toddlers, kids and teens. They also have a collection of bilingual books!

Where:ย 1725 N. Swan Road

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

For more information, visit Mildred & Dildredโ€™s website.

Mostly Books

Jody Hardy, store manager at Mostly Books, flips through a paperback as she tries to choose a book for a Book Lover's Surprise subscriber at the independent book store located at 6208 E Speedway Blvd, on Aug. 5, 2020.ย 

This independent bookstore sells books from a variety of genres. The shop also hosts numerous virtual book clubs! When you stop by, make sure you ask store manager Jody Hardy about the Tucson Tome Gnome.ย 

Where: 6208 E. Speedway

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, visit their website.

Nexus Occult Books & Oddities

Donโ€™t let the word โ€œoccultโ€ deter you from checking out this unique local bookstore. The shop carries books about astrology, dreams, herbalism, medieval history, the paranormal and more.ย 

Where:ย 4865 E. Speedway

Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; Closed on Monday and Tuesday.

For more information, visit their Instagram page.

Revolutionary Grounds Books and Coffee

This coffee shop and social-justice-focused bookshop closed up its original location on Fourth Avenue in 2018 and later reopened at its current location on Speedway. Find books on social justice issues and more here. Donโ€™t forget to grab a coffee while youโ€™re there!

Where:ย 4675 E. Speedway

Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; Closed on Monday.

For more information, visit their website.

Stacks Book Club

While this pop-up indie bookstore doesnโ€™t have its brick-and-mortar shop open yet, you can purchase books through their online shop, or visit them at one of their pop-up events in Tucson or Oro Valley.

For more information, check out theirย website.

The Book Stop

The Book Stop located at 214 N. 4th Ave. has been open since 1967 and carries a variety of books. March 6, 2020.

The Book Stop opened its doors at its original location on Campbell Avenue in 1967. The bookstore moved to its current location on Fourth Avenue 15 years ago, where it has remained since. You can find โ€œused, rare, out of print and scholarly booksโ€ at this bookstore, according to their website.

Where: 214 N. Fourth Ave.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; Closed on Monday and Tuesday.

For more information, visit theirย website.


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Elvia is a journalism and history graduate from the University of Arizona. She hopes to create stories that show what makes Tucson and its community special.