Sioux Falls Bookstores

In March 2021, I finally achieved a dream by getting built-in bookshelves for my home office. I had about 1,000 books, but with the new bookshelves, I suddenly had space for more.

So, I started buying books. I bought quite a few online, but I also spent several weeks trying to find every place in Sioux Falls that sold books. I asked friends, asked some people online, and Googled quite a bit.

I have made this list. It will be a work-in-progress as I find new information, but it’s pretty complete as of what I know right now. If you have new information that would help, please get in touch. Thanks.

Deane Barker, May 2021

Contents

New Books

These are bookstores that sell new books. They all sell other things, but they have a big enough book section relative to the entire store that you would think of them as “bookstores” and go there specifically to browse the books.

Barnes and Noble

New
41st and Louise, by the mall (map)

Not the biggest ever, but it has a kids section, a music section, and a cafe.

Very close to Last Stop West, which is handy. Go there first to see if what you want is available used, then go to Barnes and Noble if you don’t find it.

Crossroads Book and Music

New
In a strip mall on 41st and Grange, across from the old Empire Car Wash (map)
crossroadsbook.com

A Christian book and home decor store. Everything here is going to be faith-based.

Zandbroz Variety

New
Downtown, just to the south of 10th and Phillips (map)
zandbroz.com

A quirky gift store, with a decent-sized book collection, including mainstream titles and lots of coffee table and art books.

Just around the corner from Full Circle.

Mainstream Used Books

These are stores that sell used books that you would buy to read (as opposed to books would would buy for decoration for historical reasons).

Full Circle Book Co-op

Used
Downtown, just to the west of 10th and Phillips (map)
fullcirclebookcoop.com

Classic used book store – it’s just books, nothing else. Mostly fiction. They also have community event space here and a small bar.

Just around the corner from Zandbroz.

REACH Literacy Bookstore

Used
The backside of the Western Mall, to the west of Scheels. (map)
reachareader.com

A non-profit that promotes literacy. It’s mostly fiction, and much of it very recent. Also lots of kids and young adult titles. Relatively little non-fiction.

They also sell “decor books,” color-coded, by the linear foot.

They give free books to teachers.

Last Stop CD Shop (2)

Used (General Media)
Two locations (map)
laststoponline.com

Lots of used books. The east location is bigger than the one out by the malls – definitely more non-fiction in the east location. They also sell CDs, movies, and video games.

Their website has a search function. I’m told they have collectible books behind the counter, but I’ve never asked.

Almost every book is $8, for whatever reason.

General Thrift Stores

Most thrift stores accept books and have used book sections.

Savers

Used (General Thrift)
On Carolyn, across 41st from the Empire Mall (map)

They have a pretty large selection of used books, divided into three sections: fiction, non-fiction, and kids.

Goodwill (3)

Used (General Thrift)
Three locations (map)

Each location has a really good selection of books. The best is probably the east location, by The Attic.

The one drawback is that the books don’t seem to be in any order whatsoever, except for a separate kids books section. Prepare to browse.

Hardcovers are just $2.

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store

Used (General Thrift)
Just north of 6th and Cliff (map)

Nice selection here, and they’re ordered by author last name, which is handy. Organized into fiction, non-fiction, kids, faith, and a separate section for Catholic books.

Hardcovers are just $1.60 (!).

Antique Books

There are a few stores that sell antiques and have sizable book collections for sale.

The Repurpose Project Center

Used (Antique)
18th and Cliff; kitty-corner from Goodscents Subs (map)
Facebook Page

Lots of very old books – think textbooks from the turn of the last century. Also, lots of books of local history.

Urban Archaeology

Used (Mostly antique)
Downtown, opposite the Diner (map)
Facebook Page

Some antique and decoration books, and a fair amount of contemporary novels. (But I’m putting them in Antique, because that’s the main focus of the store.)

Hardcovers are $4.

College Bookstores

Clearly, these specialize in textbooks, but many assigned books are mainstream, and they usually have smaller contemporary book sections as well.

Augustana College Bookstore

New
In the student commons at the center of campus (map)

…and that’s it. Just the one.

Someone told me that the University of Sioux Falls had a bookstore, but I couldn’t find any books there. They had a “store” with lots of clothes and supplies, but no books. (I went in the spring, which was probably a bad time. Maybe it’s better in the fall?)

I looked into the University Center, but I believe their bookstore is online-only. (If this isn’t right, please correct me.)

One other thing: several people online told me that the “Friends of Mikkelson Library” sale at Augustana in the spring is a great source for used books. It was canceled in 2021 due to COVID.

Kids Books

Lots of children’s stores have kids book sections. Some of these go up to young adult, so there’s sometimes good stuff to find there.

Little Free Libraries

There’s a national registry of Little Free Libraries, where people can erect a container outside their homes to give away books or make them available for swap. (And other people might do this without registering their library.)

Here is a map/finder

Using that tool, you can search for a zip code, or for Sioux Falls, but I sadly couldn’t find a way to embed the map or link directly to a search. I searched for “Sioux Falls, SD” on May 19, 2021, and the map showed 47 results in the metro area (yes, I counted).

(To be clear: you are supposed to swap books at a Little Free Library. But, honestly, a lot of people just stumble across these while out for a walk or something, and they’re not carrying books around with them, so I’m sure a lot of books just get given away for free here.)

And don’t forget…

There are several stores that have book sections that are just a small part of their overall footprint. The selection tends to be very mainstream books, like current novels, religious/faith, and inspirational.

There are also niche book sections in some other stores: