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7 Bookstores in Pittsburgh So Hidden, You Just Might Miss Them

For our friends who love books // we put together a subtle collection of Pittsburgh bookstores you may (or may not) have already cozied up in.

by Emma Diehl | June 12, 2019

It’s undeniable that the city of Pittsburgh has a love affair with books.

We’re the birthplace to the modern public library system (thanks, Andrew Carnegie!), and have one of the highest concentrations of locally owned bookstores in the country.  

Think you’ve browsed all the shelves in the city? Think again, and read all about these 6 (+1 for good measure) off the beaten path bookstores in Pittsburgh.

The Little Idea Bookshop

An offshoot of Bloomfield’s Big Idea Bookstore, the Little Idea specializes in books and zines and also offers coffee and snacks. Located in the Bloomcraft building on Melwood Ave, the Little Idea shares the building with the Glitterbox Theater, Prototype, and a host of other locally owned businesses.

Know Before You Go

Address: 460 Melwood Ave // Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Hours: Monday – Friday: 11am – 9pm // Saturday – Sunday: 11am – 7pm

Cooper-Siegel Community Library

Recommended by local fellow book lovers, sales from the used bookstore at the Cooper-Siegel Community Library in Fox Chapel benefit the library.


Know Before You Go

Address: 403 Fox Chapel Rd // Pittsburgh, PA 15238

Hours: Monday: 10am – 8pm // Tuesday: 10am – 5pm // Wednesday – Thursday: 10am – 8pm // Friday – Saturday: 10am- 5pm // Sunday: 1pm – 5pm

Spaces Corners

Launched in 2011 as a studio and project space, Spaces Corners specializes in contemporary photography and art books. The store’s original location in Troy Hill is open by appointment only, but you can also find a selection of the store’s books in its reading room at Silver Eye Center for Photography on Penn Ave.  

Know Before You Go

Address(es): 1721 Lowrie Street // Pittsburgh, PA 15212 (open by appointment only)

Spaces Corners Reading Room at Silver Eye: 4808 Penn Ave // Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Hours: Tuesday: 11am – 6pm // Wednesday: 11am – 6pm // Thursday: 11am – 8pm // Friday: 11am – 6pm // Saturday: 11am – 5pm

Mt Lebanon Library Book Cellar

Run by Friends of the Library, this used bookstore tucked away on the lower level of the Mt. Lebanon Library recently celebrated its ten year anniversary. Proceeds from sales of the gently used books sold in the cellar benefit the library.  

Know Before You Go

Address: 16 Castle Shannon Blvd // Pittsburgh, PA 15228

Hours: Monday – Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm // Friday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm // Sunday: 1:30pm – 4pm

Copacetic Comics

Located atop a coffee shop and record store in Polish Hill, Copacetic is a haven for the comic book lover. With a wide array of titles, from popular to indie and zine the shop has hard to find titles even the most particular graphic novel reader will enjoy.

In addition to comics, this self proclaimed “crossroads of culture” bookstore also has books, art, CDs, and DVDs.

Know Before You Go

Address: Copacetic Comics Co // 3138 Dobson Street // Third Floor // Pittsburgh, PA  15219

Hours: Mon-Fri: 11am – 5pm // Sat: 11am – 7pm // Sun: noon – 5pm

East End Co-op

East End Co-op might just the only place in Pittsburgh where you can find fresh, local produce and a fresh new book housed under the same roof. The co-op has a wide selection of books “from the practical to the poetic.” The wide array of books includes cookbooks, health books, books by local authors, and more.

Know Before You Go

Address: 7516 Meade Street // Pittsburgh, PA 15208

Hours: 8am – 9pm, Daily

Little Free Libraries

A bookstore/library hybrid, Little Free Libraries is a world-wide lending movement. In various neighborhoods across the city, you can leave a book, and take any of the library’s offerings. Check out the program’s map to find a little free library in your area.

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Header Photo by Ryan Neeven

Emma Diehl

Emma Diehl

Emma is a Pittsburgh-based writer, with a focus on lifestyle and technology. Her work has been featured on HuffpostLive!, NPR, XOJane, NEXTPittsburgh, and Niche.

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