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Top 8 Book Stores in the Memphis Area


There are book stores of every shape and size in the Mid-South. From big national chains to small local shops, you can find just about any book you need. Here are some of the best book stores the Memphis area has to offer.

1. The Booksellers at Laurelwood

The Booksellers at Laurelwood is the store formerly known as Davis-Kidd. There are several factors that make this store outshine some of the larger book chains. First, its knowledgeable staff are welcoming and helpful. Then there is the children's department which is bright and colorful with plenty of room for the kids to play. They also stock an extensive section of books by local authors. Finally, the store offers a nice selection of unique literary and non-literary gifts.

387 Perkins Road Extended
Memphis TN 38117
(901) 683-9801
Monday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

2. Burke's Book Store

Burke's Book Store has been a fixture in Memphis for more than 100 years. This unique Midtown shop offers both new and used books, plus a nice collection of first edition and out-of-print books. More importantly, they will assist you if you are in search of a particular hard to find book. If for no other reason than to experience its true book store ambience, it would be worthwhile to plan a trip to Burke's.

1719 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38104
(901) 278-7484
Monday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

3. Pinocchio's Children's Book Store

Tucked away in a little cottage in East Memphis is Pinocchio's Children's Book Store. Pinocchio's offers an upscale selection of quality children's books and toys including beautifully crafted puppets. This is the perfect place to find a unique gift for any child in your life.

688 West Brookhaven Circle
Memphis, TN 38117
(901) 767-6586
Monday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

4. Barnes and Noble

Barnes and Noble is a nationwide chain of stores and as such, lacks the charm of some of the local independent shops. However, being such a large store also offers some advantages. Barnes and Noble carries a huge stock of books and if they don't carry it, they can often order it for you. Plus, they have comfortable reading chairs and a nice coffee bar. Best of all, there are three locations in the Mid-South.

2774 N. Germantown Pkwy*
Memphis, TN 38133
(901) 386-2468

6385 Winchester Blvd.*
Memphis, TN 38115
(901) 794-9394

4610 Merchants Park Cir, Ste 52*
Collierville, TN 38017
(901) 853-3264

*Hours vary by location

5. Tiger Bookstore

Tiger Bookstore opened in 1964 to provide textbooks for the students and faculty of The University of Memphis. Since then, they have grown, expanding their stock to include school and office supplies, clothing, and Tiger merchandise of all types. Whether or not you're a student, the Tiger Bookstore is a fun little store in which to browse and shop.

3533 Walker Avenue
Memphis, TN 38111
(901) 324-2808
Monday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

6. Bookstar

Although Bookstar is actually owned by Barnes and Noble, but it is truly a unique store all its own. Located in the old Plaza Theater at the Poplar Plaza Shopping Center, Bookstar still retains much of its movie theater appearance. The old ticket booth now serves as a display case and the marquee announces the latest news. Bookstar is a large store with a nice selection and an in-house Starbucks.

3402 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38111
(901) 323-9332
Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

7. Lifeway Christian Stores

Lifeway Christian Stores carries a full line of inspirational products including books, gifts, music, DVDs, and church supplies. They have friendly and knowledgeable staff who are happy to make recommendations based on your shopping needs. Lifeway has two Memphis area locations for your convenience.

8025 Giacosa Place
Memphis, TN 38133
(901) 373-4900
Monday - Saturday, 9:30 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.

7124 Winchester Road
Memphis, TN 38125
(901) 624-4799
Monday - Saturday, 9:30 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.

8. Borders/Waldenbooks/Brentano's

Borders is a national chain of bookstores that operates under the names Borders, Waldenbooks, and Brentano's. Though their stores are not as large as Barnes and Noble, they have a vast selection of books and very friendly and helpful staff.

6685 Poplar Avenue
Germantown, TN 38138
(901) 754-0770

4465 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38117
(901) 763-1945

2760 North Germantown Parkway
Memphis, TN 38133
(901) 373-5301

*Hours vary by location

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