Here are the book stores I’ve visited (or plan to visit) in Cincinnati, Ohio!
Roebling Point Books & Coffee
306 Greenup St, Covington, KY 41011
Open Monday-Friday 7am-6pm, Saturday- Sunday 8am-6pm
What I love about them: Roebling is located within walking distance of the Ohio River in a super low key area. The shop is super cozy and inviting- there’s a great assortment of new releases and bestsellers, a large selection of baked goods and drinks to go with, and seating (both inside and out) that allows you to cozy up with a read or sit down and get to work. If I lived closer, I could easily see myself frequenting this shop for some blogging sessions!
Smith & Hannon Bookstore
50 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Open Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm
What I love about them: This bookstore lies within the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and offers countless resources on African American literature. Pro-tip: Admission to the museum isn’t required to visit!
The Booksellers on Fountain Square
505 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Open Monday- Thursday 9am-7pm, Friday-Saturday 9am-8pm, Sunday 11am-5pm
What I love about them: Fountain Square is in the middle of Downtown Cincy, so traffic, parking, and navigation can be a little difficult, but once in this shop, you’ll find a selection of bestsellers, new releases, and an assortment of fun bookish gifts. It also has a cute little cafe inside with coffees, baked goods, and quick deli foods.
Library Friends Shop
800 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Open Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm
What I love about them: This shop is located inside the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County in downtown Cincy. This library is HUGE, but it is easy to locate the Friends Shop within, being by the Vine Street entrance door. The shop itself is relatively small, but holds a decent selection of discarded library books and private donations that come from the Friends Warehouse. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and the books are super budget friendly! Plus, they also offer a large assortment of bookish gift items.
The Friends Used Book Store at the Warehouse
8456 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45216
Open Monday 5:30-7:30pm, Wednesday 10am-2pm, Saturdays 10am-4pm
Donation Hours: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday 9am-3pm
What I love about them: This is quite possibly the best kept bookish secret in Cincinnati! The Friends Warehouse is four HUGE rooms of library discards and private donations. The staff (four part-time employees and over 300 volunteers!) are knowledgeable and super friendly- their marketing manager even gave me a tour to explain how the store worked. Donations (anyone can donate!) are sorted by genre and priced before they are either sent to the Friends Shop, or shelved in the warehouse. The warehouse is extremely organized, and everything is budget-friendly, with prices over $10 being extremely rare. Most impressive to me was the large selection of current releases available- I picked up about six books on my first trip there that were 2018 releases- for $3 each!
Ohio Book Store
726 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Open Monday-Friday 9am-4:45pm, Saturday 9am-4:30pm
What I love about them: THERE ARE FIVE FLOORS OF BOOKS. Enough said. In all seriousness though, they also have a book binding and repair shop for restoring old or broken bindings, too.
Iris Book Cafe
1331 Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Open Monday-Thursday 8am-9pm, Friday 8am-7pm, Saturday 9am-7pm, Sunday 10am-7pm
What I love about them: A one of a kind hipster cafe that sells used books, serves all natural and vegan options, and displays local art. There’s plenty of quiet space to pull up a seat and get some work done, and a very calm, chill vibe. They also have a patio! Pro-tip: Street parking only- so bring some change for the meters.
214 W McMillan St, Cincinnati, OH 45219
Open Monday-Thursday 11am-6pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 11am-5pm
What I love about them: This bookstore is located near the University of Cincinnati and on a very walk-able street block with food and shopping, with street parking only. Upon entering the store, stop to breathe in the smell of glorious vintage books. The store is packed with vintage literature and clothbound copies, so expect to pay a little more for these rare finds- but true gems are worth paying a little more than thrift store prices! They will also purchase rare or collectible literature from those who wish to sell.
Rookwood Commons & Pavilion
2692 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45208
Open Monday-Thursday 8am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 8am-10pm, Sunday 9am-8pm
2785 Dixie Highway, Crestview Hills, KY 41017
Open Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday 11am-6pm
What I love about them: All the same reasons as for why I love the original Lexington store! The layouts may be different, but they offer similarly great selections of books. Pro Tip: Out of the three JBB’s listed here, the Rookwood JBB had the most high-profile author signings, so keep an eye out on theirs (or mine!) event pages! Bonus Pro Tip: Of these two locations, Rookwood has a Brontë’s, and Crestview does not.