Las Vegas, while you may know it for its busy strip, spectacular shows, and endless nightlife, offers an enormous range of cultural interests for locals and visitors alike. For example, there are several unique bookstores with highly specialized inventory to make any book lover smile. Whether you’re a casual reader or a voracious one, take a look at this list of eight local bookstores to explore in and around Las Vegas.
The Writer’s Block
A great starting place for your book exploration of Las Vegas is The Writer’s Block, a Las Vegas institution located right downtown. Besides an extensive book collection, there’s also a coffee shop on site, a young writer’s workshop, and, interestingly, an artificial bird exhibit. The Writer’s Block also hosts a number of events, including multiple interest-specific book clubs for you to join. If you’re just visiting, you can also support The Writer’s Block back at home by ordering books online.
- Location: 519 6th St., Suite 100, Las Vegas, NV 89101.
- Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Great Wall Bookstore
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For those with an interest in Chinese literature and culture, the Great Wall Bookstore is a fantastic spot to check out. Located right downtown, this bookstore has been open since 1995. This bookstore has an incredible inventory of English and Chinese texts, all hand-chosen by the proprietors. Besides books, they also sell a huge range of Chinese and Asian toys, games, and souvenirs. Whether you have an education in Chinese history or not, the Great Wall is definitely worth a visit on your next trip to Las Vegas.
- Location: 4255 Spring Mountain Rd., Suite C105-6, Las Vegas, NV 89102.
- Hours: 11 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. daily.
Dragon Castle Books
Used bookstores are great spaces to spend time exploring and hunting for treasure, and Dragon Castle Books is no exception. While they have a little of everything on their shelves, they specialize in used graphic novels and science fiction texts. This shop has been family run since 2014, and they take great pride in the selection and quality of the books they offer. If you’re looking for specific rare titles, especially in the science fiction genre, Dragon Castle Books is a great place to look, either in person or online.
- Location: 3142 N. Rainbow Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89108.
- Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Alternate Reality Comics
Billed as Las Vegas’s oldest comic book shop, Alternate Reality Comics is a great place to stop on your Vegas bookstore tour, especially if you’re into illustrated stories. Inventory includes classic comic books, like Superman and Batman, but also graphic novels, with new releases and zines. Co-owner Katherine Mathieu also runs an online webzine called “Sequential Tart,” written by women who adore comics.
- Location: 5300 S. Eastern Ave. #130, Las Vegas, NV 89119.
- Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Bauman Rare Books
You can truly find anything in Las Vegas, and that includes books. Bauman Rare Books provides some of the most interesting books in the world. You’ll encounter incredibly rare first editions and literary novelties like original, handwritten letters from well-known authors. Located in the lobby of the famous Palazzo Hotel, Bauman Rare Books is accessible for guests to pop in and view the collection on their way to the casino or club. It’s a truly amazing bookshop to check out if you have the opportunity.
- Location: 3327 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Suite 2856, Las Vegas, NV 89109.
- Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Amber Unicorn Books
Another excellent spot to look for rare books, Amber Unicorn Books is a used bookshop with a huge selection and a price point for every customer. The large 4,800-square-foot store includes used books in every genre, from fiction to theater and everything in between. For the true rare book collector, Amber Unicorn Books also has an impressive collection of first editions. The knowledgeable staff is happy to help you in person or over the phone to ensure you find the perfect book.
- Location: 2101 S. Decatur Blvd. Suite 14, Las Vegas, NV 89102.
- Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Psychic Eye Bookshop
The Psychic Eye Bookshop is a small, local chain of new age books shops with three locations around the Los Angeles region and three to explore in Las Vegas. This bookshop specializes in new age texts, with books from genres like divination, astrology, and herbology. Besides books, the Psychic Eye also sells aromatherapy supplies, incense, candles, and amulets. You can also receive a psychic reading or a personalized astrology chart during your visit.
- Location: Charleston location: 6848 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89117.
- Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
For a truly exciting comic book experience, you’ll want to make a stop at MaximuM Comics. Besides selling an impressive range of comic books and graphic novels, the shop also sells games. They release new comics and graphic novels every Wednesday, so the shop is worth a regular visit. The comic store’s tagline is “Comics. Customers. Community.” Additionally, they provide a welcoming atmosphere for all visitors with their inventory and special deals for returning customers.
- Location: 5130 S. Ft. Apache #285, Las Vegas, NV 89148.
- Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday.
Whether you’re a Las Vegas native or a visitor to our fair city, you should definitely check out these incredible bookstores around town. They’re a great stop for kids and adults alike, so you can take the whole family. We here at Crème de la Crème of North Las Vegas, NV hope you find some great new reads on your literary adventures around Las Vegas.