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Portland, Maine Bookstores You Need to Visit Now

Portland, Maine Bookstores You Need to Visit Now

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Portland, Maine has received a lot of attention for its acclaimed food and brewery scene in recent years. While that’s all great and dandy (I love to eat!), it tends to overshadow other great businesses in town. What about its thriving literary scene? Yes, Portland, Maine bookstores are a wonderful tribute to the challenging independent bookstore industry.

There are 13 bookstores in the Portland metro area selling every kind of new, used, and comic book you could imagine. Check out all of their websites, locations, and features below!

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Portland, Maine Bookstores – New Books

– Longfellow Books

Address: 1 Monument Square, Portland Maine 04101
Hours: Weekdays 9am – 7pm, Saturday 9am – 6pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm
Website: https://www.longfellowbooks.com

Features: Frequent author events, a well-curated used book section, an entire wall dedicated to their best sellers, and they house cats from the humane society to raise awareness and promote pet adoptions. This is my favorite new bookstore in Portland. 

Longfellow Books bookstore in Portland, Maine
Source: Facebook

– Sherman’s

Address: 49 Exchange Street, Portland Maine 04101
Hours: Sunday – Thursday 9am – 6pm, Friday and Saturday 9am – 8pm
Website: https://www.shermans.com/

Features: A large bargain books section, adorable Maine souvenirs, and a sizeable selection of Maine books and books written by Maine authors. Also, it has the unique claim of being the oldest bookstore in the state – it opened in 1886!

Sherman's Books & Stationery bookstore in Portland, Maine.
Source: Facebook

– Print: A Bookstore

Address: 273 Congress Street, Portland Maine 04101
Hours: Daily 10am – 7pm
Website: https://www.printbookstore.com/

Features: Interesting events every week, including author talks and signings, kids storytime, book launches, and book club discussions. They carry a lot of trendy and provoking books, and have a lovely and comfortable store layout.

Print: A Bookstore in Portland, Maine
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– Letterpress Books

Address: 91 Auburn Street Suite K, Portland Maine 04103
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9am – 6pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm
Website: https://www.letterpress-books.com/

Features: Incredibly helpful and knowledgeable staff, art for sale from local artists, events hosting local authors, and a consignment program for anyone who’s published a book with an independent publisher. They welcome shoppers with dogs, and also have a great website to buy books and audio books online.

Letterpress Books in Portland, Maine
Source: Facebook

– Quill Books and Beverage

Address: 1 Westbrook Common Unit #5, Westbrook Maine 04092
Hours: Sun 9am – 6pm, Mon – Tues 7am – 6pm, Weds – Fri 7am – 9pm, Sat 9am – 9pm
Website: https://www.quillbooksandbeverage.com/

Features: A truly unique bookstore that doubles as a cafe, lounge, and bar! Snack on one of their delicious sandwiches, grab a crafted coffee drink, or settle in with a glass of wine or beer. They have fun events geared toward young adults and professionals, such as board game night, weekly writing workshops, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer marathons. 

Quill Books and Beverages bookstore in Westbrook, Maine
Source: Facebook

– Nonesuch Books

Address: 50 Market Street Mill Creek Shopping Center, South Portland Maine 04106
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9am – 6pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm
Website: https://www.nonesuchbooks.com/

Features: Weekly Sunday Story Hour for children, a yearly fill-a-bag sale, and a cool 20% discount for non-profits and schools. This is a great spot to grab a new book and head to Bug Light Park to read on a sunny summer day.

Nonesuch Books bookstore in South Portland, Maine
Source: Facebook

– Book Review Maine

Address: 251 US-1 Falmouth Shopping Center, Falmouth Maine 04105
Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 6pm, Saturday 9am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm (closed January – March)
Website: https://bookreviewmaine.com/

Features: A great selection of books, toys, games, puzzles, cards, local chocolates, and a big selection of Maine authors. They welcome pets, occasionally have author signings and events, and have a lovely staff to ask questions about anything.

Book Review Bookstore in Falmouth, Maine
Source: Facebook

– Royal River Books

Address: 355 Main Street, Yarmouth Village Maine 04096
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday closed
Website: https://royalriverbooks.com/

Features: An extensive children’s section, amazing products by local artists and crafts(wo)men, and other cool cards and sustainable gifts. Don’t forget to join their loyalty program. If you’re in need of a place to stay, the owner also has a seaside cottage available for rent!

Source: Facebook

Portland, Maine Bookstores – Used Books

– The Green Hand

Address: 661 Congress Street, Portland Maine 04101
Hours: Varying Seasonal Hours, check Facebook page linked below
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greenhandbooks/

Features: A full, yet manageably organized used bookstore with a wonderful and knowledgeable staff. Decently priced used books in all genres, plus an excellent playlist to listen to while you browse.

The Green Hand bookstore in Portland, Maine
Source: Facebook

– Yes Books

Address: 589 Congress Street, Portland Maine 04101
Hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm Saturday – Sunday 11am – 6pm
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yes-Books/109532142419572

Features: A lot of books (dare I say too many?). This place is packed to the brim, so be prepared to do some digging if you have something specific you’re looking for. Definitely some old and rare books, so treasures certainly await for whoever has the patience.

Yes Books bookstore in Portland, Maine
Source: Facebook

– Bull Moose

3 locations in Portland metro:
151 Middle Street, Portland Maine 04101
456 Payne Road, Scarborough Maine 04074
219 Waterman Drive, South Portland 04106
Hours: Daily 9am – 11pm
Website: https://www.bullmoose.com/

Features: Bull Moose is much more than just a bookstore. They do sell books, but they also sell CDs, DVDs, video games, toys, board games, and more – they carry all media types in both new and used conditions. Each store has its own variety, so there’s always something new and cool to check out.

Bull Moose bookstore
Source: Facebook

Portland, Maine Bookstores – Comic Books

I’m going to be completely honest here – I do not read comics, and have not been to either of these stores. However, I know a lot of people love comics, so I felt I definitely needed to include them on this list. I’ve taken some info from online, but please check out their websites or call them on your own to find out more info!

– Casablanca Comics

2 locations in Portland metro:
151 Middle Street, Portland Maine 04101
778 Roosevelt Trail, Windham Maine 04062
Hours: Check website below for hours of each locations
Website: https://www.casablancacomics.com/

Features: A huge selection of comic books, an impressive buy-back program, and a weekly online list of books being shipped in that week.

Casablanca Comics bookstore in Windham, Maine
Source: Facebook

– Coast City Comics

Address: 634 Congress Street, Portland Maine 04101
Hours: Daily 11am – 8pm
Website: https://coastcitycomics.com/

Features: Comics, cards, board games, horror, puzzles, shirts, pins, patches, vinyl, toys, stickers, magnets, and more! They have frequent events, and an in-depth website, so don’t miss out!

Coast City Comics bookstore in Portland, Maine
Source: Facebook

Holly

Saturday 22nd of February 2020

Great post! Some of these book stores look so cool. I could easily spend a whole day in there!

Holly x www.adailydoseofholly.com

Daina Grazulis

Saturday 22nd of February 2020

Thanks, I frequently do spend my whole day bookstore hopping in Portland!

Sarah

Thursday 20th of February 2020

I love seeking out unique bookstores whenever I go someplace new. I have never been to Maine, but if I do end up there one day I will have to visit these stores. They all look like places I could spend hours in

Daina Grazulis

Thursday 20th of February 2020

Bookstores are definitely the first thing I look up when scoping out a new city... I just love them!