Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift or a sizzling summer read, Durham has fantastic bookstores. Check out our favorites below!


Letters – Main Street

Letters Bookshop might catch your eye with its creative storefront signage when you’re strolling down Main Street. With a well-organized selection of used and new books, this friendly store offers great staff-picks and recommendations for any book-browser. Open until 8pm Tuesday-Saturday, why not make it a stop on your downtown date night?

Scrap Thrift – Lakewood

Did you know the Scrap Exchange Thrift Shop is also home to a used bookstore? Combine your crafting and tag-popping with some book browsing for an afternoon adventure. We love this nook for books, movies, and music inside their new space.

The Regulator – Ninth Street

A Ninth Street staple since 1976, The Regulator is one of Durham’s most valued independent businesses. The store has something for everyone: fiction, non-fiction, teen lit, children’s lit, even a used book section in their downstairs level. The store hosts regular events including author talks, story time for kids, and diverse classes. The Regulator also has a great selection of periodicals, cards, and stationary, so it’s the perfect stop if you’re gift shopping.

Wentworth & Leggett Books – Brightleaf

For something rare and different, take a peek in Wentworth & Leggett Books. Owned by husband and wife David and Barbara, this store will have the unique find you wouldn’t expect. A cozy shop inside Brightleaf Square, Wentworth & Leggett includes special collections and antiques, even maps and atlases.


Books Do Furnish a Room – Ninth Street

Don’t miss this amazing bookstore nestled just off Markham Avenue behind Heavenly Buffaloes. You could easily spend hours browsing through its used books and music, but don’t miss the great selection of comics and graphic novels. Books Do is a must-see hidden gem.