Most Community-Centered Bookstores in Las Vegas

May 20, 2013 5:00 AM

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Away from the glittering lights, Las Vegas offers literary enclaves with knowledgeable owners looking to reach out through the written word. Many bookstores are more than brick and mortar buildings housing books; they offer social meeting places as well as a place to learn and grow. Despite being a young city, Southern Nevada has several bookstores that have grown with the area.

DeadPoetsDead Poet Books
937 S. Rainbow Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89145
(702) 227-4070

Open since 1994, Dead Poet Books is one of the largest bookstores in Southern Nevada. Along with comfortable seating and an inviting atmosphere, an extensive stock of titles is available including fiction, metaphysics, religion, cookbooks, poetry, travel, history, science, first editions and other non-fiction categories. Paperbacks, hardbacks, audio books, vinyl albums, and CDs are also for sale. While classified as a used bookstore, newer books are available.

BaumanBauman Rare Books Las Vegas
The Shoppes at the Palazzo
3327 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Suite 2856
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 948-1617

While located on the Strip in the Palazzo Las Vegas, Bauman Rare Books Las Vegas offers the aesthetics of its Madison Avenue gallery. The 2,300-square-foot bookstore welcomes everyone to view recorded history while browsing first editions and historical documents such as letters signed by those who influenced the past. Book collectors are encouraged to reach out and connect with other collectors. Extensive information on the history and significance of books in its collection is available and is also a valuable research resource.

UsedBooksAmber Unicorn Books
2101 S. Decatur Blvd., Suite 14
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 648-9303

Proprietors and book lovers Myrna and Lou Donato opened the first Amber Unicorn Books in Las Vegas in 1981 and sold the store (but not the name) in 1997. While still active with other book aficionados over the years, the Donatos missed the business and opened its second incarnation in 2008 in a 2,400-square-foot store with an inventory of more than 150,000 books and 16,000 cookbooks. The Donatos and their staff love to talk books and will help in finding titles, whether or not it is part of their stock. Cookbooks are their specialty, but the store offer all genres, first editions, antiquarian and rare books.

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greyhoundbooks Most Community Centered Bookstores in Las VegasGreyhound’s Books
4704 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas NV 89102
(702) 444-9415

Greyhound’s Books has been in business for more than 25 years with a store in Las Vegas since 2005 specializing in out-of-print, antiquarian, and collectible books. What makes this store unique is that the owners will not list or sell their books on the Internet. The owners require all customers to come to the store to physically handle the books. Also, there are no bulk additions to their inventory. Each book is unique and all genres are available along with signed and inscribed books.

395974 176581345808788 1812514287 n Most Community Centered Bookstores in Las VegasPlaza Books
7380 S. Eastern Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89123
(702) 263-2692

Open since 1995, Plaza Books features author signings and will buy, trade, accept phone and mail orders and provide complimentary search services. Appraisals are also available. Its inventory offers hardcover and paperbacks in all genres, signed editions by authors and illustrators, current releases, vintage, collectible, and hard to find titles. Both fiction and non-fiction titles are available. The owners and staff love to talk books and there is a comfortable sitting area to indulge in the printed word.

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Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (34 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on

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