There is nothing better than cozying up in front of a fire on a cold South Dakota day and reading a good book. Book worms rejoice! Print is still alive and well in the Mount Rushmore State. Support the South Dakota literary scene and check out the 10 best bookstores in our state.
This indie bookstore is a culture hotspot in the heart of Rapid City. Mitzi’s has a classy, old-world feel with a large selection of modern titles. If you’re not in a hurry, take a seat in one of their big, cozy chairs and slim through some books. Mitzi’s also conveniently offers online shopping with instore pickup. For all literature-lovers, this downtown store is an oasis.
Stocking both used books and maps, Everybody’s Bookstore in Rapid City has over 35,000 hardcover and paperback books available. If you’re looking for an obscure, hard-to-find novel, Everybody’s is the place to check. As soon as you walk through the door, the alluring smell of books draws you in. Visit this bookstore and enjoy getting lost in the seemingly never ending rows of shelves.
True to the name, this Hot Springs bookstore is a local treasure. With 16 years in business, this shop has embedded itself in the South Dakota literature scene in a big way. Black Hills Books offers a wide variety of books, such as local and regional history, the classics, children’s books, books about local culture, and so much more. Also sold here are treasures by local artisans including Sam Two Bulls, White Crow Creations, Marinka Ziolkowski, and others. This bookstore has a very special employee: A ginger cat named Wyatt. Come to Black Hills Books to support local artists, grab a one-of-a-kind book, and hang out with Wyatt!
Zandbroz offers not only books, but toys, home décor, antiques, and knickknacks. All the items from this whimsical Sioux Falls store are fun and unique. Dinosaur planters, vulgar socks, Lederhosen unicorn figurines, and unusual books fill the display cases and delight this store’s many visitors. This store hosts many book signings, so check their website for a schedule of events. At Zandbroz, there is always something going on!
Readers Den is the only bookstore in Mitchell, but it has more than enough books for the small town. The welcoming staff will happily help you find even the most obscure titles and even order the book for you if they don’t stock it. This little bookstore won’t disappoint!
Located in a historic 1884 building in downtown Pierre, Prairie Pages draws in locals and tourists alike. With a large selection of novels, book signings from both local and nationally-acclaimed authors, and art work from local artisans, this store has become a fixture in the small community. Check Facebook for a calendar with Prairie Pages many events from art receptions to book clubs. This independent, locally-owned bookstore is heaven for all SoDak literature connoisseurs.
For a huge selection of rare, used, and out-of-print books, The Brookings Book Company is a must-visit. Due to their proximity to South Dakota State University, they offer a large selection of scholarly titles. This store features books about Native American history and the history of the Upper Midwestern United States. While at this store, make sure to meet the resident bookstore cat, Spenser. He was adopted from the Brookings Regional Humane Society and has become a local celebrity. With books, culture, and a cat, this store is the complete package!
This Victorian home-turned-bookstore is a local favorite with 20,000 books available at any given time. With mystery, science fiction, history, biographies, cookbooks, history, western, and rare books, The Corner Book Shoppe has something for everyone.
Opened in 2009, this locally-owned Watertown bookstore now has an astounding 20,000 titles. The Book Zealot buys from book sellers across the Midwest to ensure a large selection of unique books. With novels seemingly covering this store from floor to ceiling, you will be sure to find a couple wonderful reads!
DDR books is run by a retired English teacher and his family, who strive to ensure they deliver books of the highest quality. DDR sells many collector books, so the website describes the condition of the books very accurately. DDR’s online shop is second-to-none, with a large database of available books. Their inventory includes about 30,000 novels, both new and pre-owned. Head to DDR Books and support this locally-owned family business!