A bookworm’s guide to the best Huntsville bookstores—7 spots to visit

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Two book lovers at a recent Snail on the Wall event. (The Snail on the Wall / Facebook)

Bookworms, tomorrow’s holiday was created with you in mind: August 9 is National Book Lovers’ Day! To celebrate, we’ve compiled a list of Huntsville bookstores you need to check out, from indie shops to spots where you can find your new favorite story secondhand.

Here’s where you should visit first:

1. Burnwater Books

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Find a selection like no other at Burnwater in Lowe Mill. (Burnwater Gallery / Facebook)

Located in Studio 1039 at Lowe Mill, Burnwater Books carries a curated selection of fiction and nonfiction, with a special interest in poetry and philosophy.

2. The Snail on the Wall

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You might find your favorite book + a new friend through events with The Snail on the Wall. (The Snail on the Wall / Facebook)

Shop online and support local at the same time when you buy books from The Snail on the Wall, an independent bookstore “without the store.” The shop hosts regular events for book lovers and will even deliver books directly to your doorstep.

3. Bookshelf

Buy and trade used and new books at Bookshelf, located on University Drive. You can also find audio books and tons of puzzles in-store.

4. 2nd & Charles

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Got Legos? (2nd & Charles Madison / Facebook)

2nd & Charles in Madison is a great spot for used books of all kinds. Plus, if you’re into tabletop games and more, you’ll find a huge inventory of supplies there.

5. Friends of the Library Bookstores

The Friends of the Huntsville/Madison County Public Library operates three bookstores where you can find unique reads for a great price. Here’s where to find them:


South Huntsville


6. Booklegger Used Books

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Books as far as the eye can see… (Booklegger Used Books / Facebook)

Buy and sell used books at Booklegger, a locally owned used bookstore on Holmes Avenue by Toybox Bistro. You can also find comic books there.

7. Infinity College Bookstore

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Grab a cup of coffee with the proceeds from your old textbooks. (Infinity College Bookstore / Facebook)

College students, this one’s for you. In addition to offering great deals on books you need for class, Infinity College Bookstore will buy back your old college textbooks for cash.

What’s next on your must-read list? Let us know which local store you’re checking first by tagging @hvilleblast and using #hvilleblast in your posts on social media!

Emily Phillips
Emily Phillips
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