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Best Bookstores In Oklahoma City

Top 5 bookstores in Oklahoma City.

I recently went on a crazy bookstore-filled romp through OKC. After visiting Commonplace a year ago, I knew I needed to make a return trip to see the rest of the bookstores in Oklahoma City.

So I did.

So here we are, at the start of our jaunt, by a window-facing strip right outside Commonplace Books, the exact place where my OKC book obsession started.

OKC has such an incredible curation of independent bookstores. The metropolis focuses on fine-tuned collections. Each of the bookstores in Oklahoma City has a unique color palette and flaunts a distinct style. But there’s something comfy about all of them regardless.

Homey even.

So without further ado, here are the top five indie bookstores in Oklahoma City.

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Full Circle Bookstore

Deep oak shelves of Full Circle Bookstore in Oklahoma City

Full Circle Bookstore is hands-down one of favorite bookstores in Oklahoma City.

If I had to rank all the bookstores in OKC, Full Circle would easily slip into the number one spot.

Think floor-to-ceiling, deep-hued, thick oak shelves, lined head-to-toe in books. The collection (especially the classics) is exquisite.

They had a whole bookcase dedicated to P.G. Wodehouse (insert a swoon, sigh, and faint right here)! Needless to say, I went a little credit card happy (whoops).

At Full Circle, you’ll find Penguin deluxe editions (this is the one I picked up) without batting an eye. In other words, this shop is dangerous for people like me (if you’re a booklover, say goodbye to your wallet before you enter).

Full Circle is a traditional bookstore. It’s stocked up on new releases, bestsellers, old-favorites, new-favorites. They have a whole room dedicated to travel books (at this point, I was ready to get down on one knee and pop out a ring). There’s even a cute cafe on-site as well (and free coffee on-the-house in the left-wing).

I spent 99% of my last trip to Oklahoma City here (I initially visited because I wanted to write another OKC neighborhood guide, but then I took a detour to Full Circle and the rest is history).

General Info

Address: 1900 Northwest Expy, Oklahoma City, OK 73118

Commonplace Books

OKC Date Ideas: Commonplace Books in OKC

Commonplace Books is a date-night stop. It’s a place to lounge and read and relax. The entire bookstore is washed in a soft, easy-on-the-eyes teal.

Commonplace throws out traditional categories. Forget sifting through long sections of fantasy, contemporary, or horror. Here, you’ll find books sorted by interests.

Commonplace lets you choose your own bookish adventure.

Naturally, the nature of Commonplace’s design lends itself to a selection that’s mostly non-fiction (think gorgeous coffee table books by the dozen). But you’ll also find a few fiction titles scattered throughout as well.

And one of the best parts of Commonplace is the neighboring restaurant meets bar meets cafe. It’s a way to socialize and grab a pick-me-up (both literally and figuratively) along the way.

Barnes & Noble Kitchen, take notes. This is how you run a restaurant and bookstore combo.

General Info

Address: 1325 N. WALKER AVENUE, NO. 138, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 73103

Literati Press Bookshop

Located in Paseo Arts District, Literati Press is an aesthetic indie bookstore.

It’s a subculture publishing house, but the main draw is the wide girth of titles. Think comics, memoirs, and philosophy texts.

P.S. Literati is right next to Holey Rollers, one of my favorite donut shops in Oklahoma City. So grab a bite there before you stop by here.

General Info

Address: 3010 Paseo, Oklahoma City, OK 73103

New World Comics

pop art wall in Plaza District representing one of the best comic bookstores in Oklahoma City
Pop Art Wall In The Plaza District In OKC

There are plenty of comic bookstores in Oklahoma City (Atomik Pop!, Amazing Action Comics) but New World is a popular choice amongst locals and travelers alike.

It’s a messy shop (there are books everywhere). But this is one of the most family-friendly comic bookstores in Oklahoma City.

If you’re looking for a warm, welcoming environment to spend a nerdy afternoon, look no further than New World Comics!

General Info

Address: 6219 N Meridian Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73112

Ronald J. Norick Downtown

Although the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library is technically part of the OKC branch system, I had to include it on this list of bookstores in Oklahoma City.

It’s a multi-floor library sandwiched between a maze of buildings in downtown.

Four floors. A dark-tinted room dedicated to local historic titles (aptly named the Oklahoma Room). Artwork propped up throughout.

And as strange as this may seem, I loved the fact that there was zero room for me to sit inside (the library was so packed, I had to go to my car to read). It wasn’t because there weren’t enough seats (trust me, there were plenty). But on that bright sunny morning, it seemed like everyone in Oklahoma City was in Ronald J. Norick Downtown.

Because in Oklahoma City, books are woven deep into the city’s tapestry.

General Info

Address: 300 Park Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Did you enjoy this list of bookstores in Oklahoma City? What are your favorite bookstores in Oklahoma City? Let me know in the comments below!

2 Comments

  • Molly
    January 26, 2020 at 6:00 PM

    Thank you for your Oklahoma City guides. I’ve been going through all of them as I live in Norman and it is an easy day trip. I had no idea there was so much to do in OKC. Can you make a coffee guide for OKC like the one you have for Norman?

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    • Anshula Varma
      January 28, 2020 at 6:53 PM

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Molly! And that’s a great idea! OKC has a lot of amazing coffee shops (and this gives me a good reason to try more of them). xx – Anshula

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