Saturday, October 8, 2011

Salem Oregon Bookstores

We recently lost two well-stocked book stores* in Salem. Personally, I was more likely to go to Reader's Guide in West Salem than either of the two Borders, but there were times when I preferred a huge bookstore to browse rare subjects and genres or shop after 9pm. I'm guessing many Salemites, like me, will feel the hole Borders has left, feeling even more depressed when they learn that the nearest Barnes and Nobles is in Washington Square Mall. To ease our pain, I have compiled a list of Salem's wonderful local book stores. It is to the best of my (and Google's) ability, so feel free to comment if you know of other local book stores or additional info regarding stores already listed (i.e. hours, website, genres). And don't forget, there's always the Salem Public Library or Salem's Free Little Libraries!

*Borders & Borders Express, formerly Walden Books

The Book Bin - Downtown
450 Court Street NE, Salem
(503) 361-1235
9am-9pm Mon-Sat, 11am-6pm Sun (book buying hours limited, see site for details)
Used, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Graphic Novels

The Book Bin - East
2235 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem
(971) 600-3831
Mon - Sat: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm Sun: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Used, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Graphic Novels

The Book Habit
390 Liberty Street Southeast, Salem
(503) 581-3637
Mon - Thu: 10:30 am - 7:00 pm, Fri: 10:30 am - 8:00 pm, Sat: 10:30 am - 8:30 pm,
 Sun: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Used, Fiction, Non-Fiction

Escape Fiction
3240 Triangle Dr. SE., Salem
7 days/week, 10am -7pm
Used, Fiction, Non-fiction

Paperback Exchange
1201 Commercial St SE, Salem
Tues-Sat 10am-5pm
Used, Fiction, Non-Fiction

Readers Guide 
735 Edgewater St NW, West Salem
(503) 588-3166
Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Used, Fiction, Non-fiction, Graphic Novels

Booksmart Bookstore - Possibly closed
4908 River Road North, Keizer
(503) 393-2899 ‎
Mon-Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun 12 pm - 4 pmUsed Books

Second Chance Books
307 South Main Street, Independence
(503) 838-5279 ‎
Mon-Sat, 10 to 5, closed Sunday.Used, Fiction, Non-fiction


Chemeketa Bookstore
4000 Lancaster Drive Northeast, Salem
(503) 399-5131
7:30am-5pm Mon-Fri (sometimes longer hours, open weekends, see website for details)
Textbooks, Non-fiction

The Willamette Store
900 State Street, Salem
8:30am-4:30pm Mon-Fri (Hours may change based on season, see site for details)
Textbooks, Non-fiction (limited)

2800 Pringle Road SE # 100, Salem
(866) 456-2983
Online - always open
Used, Textbooks


Tony's Kingdom of Comics
5420 River Road North, Keizer
(503) 463-1142
11am-7pm Mon-Thur, 11am-8pm Fri-Sat, 1pm-5pm Sun
Comics, Graphic Novels

NW Comic Gallery
327 State Street, Salem
(503) 385-1371

Borderlands Games
546 High Street Northeast, Salem
(503) 485-2554 ‎ ·
Mon - Thu: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm, Fri: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm. Sat: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm, 
Sun: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Comics, Graphic Novels


 Max Marbles Bookbinder
1313 Mill Street SE, Salem
(503) 378-7166
Book Restoration

‎If there is a bookstore (used or new), comic book store or text book store I missed in the Salem-Keizer area you would like listed, please comment below and I will add it to the list. I'm not adding specialty book stores (except children's books, comics and text books), because the list would be too long. Thanks!