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Book Loft

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Address: 631 S Third St, Columbus, OH 43206
Phone Number: 614-464-1774
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10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm

One of the largest bookstores in the country, it has expanded to 32 rooms...

One of the largest bookstores in the country, it has expanded to 32 rooms and now contains nearly 750,000 books.

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A book lovers paradise.

This place was a book lovers paradise. There were so many rooms and so many titles you could be there for days and not see everything. The only draw back was that the prices were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
christopher z
Plain City, Ohio
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Plain City, Ohio
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was a book lovers paradise. There were so many rooms and so many titles you could be there for days and not see everything. The only draw back was that the prices were not as cheap as we expected them to be. Still it was a plesant way to spend an afternoon.

Thank christopher z
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a funky, old house turned in to a bookstore. Did I find books there I'd never seen anywhere else? No. Did I have a blast exploring the different sections of the house to find books? Yes! They also had some really cool book-themed t-shirts, which were perfect souvenirs. The staff was extremely helpful, but be prepared to lose... More 

Thank leena1991
Cleveland, Ohio
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

It's a bit disorienting to bounce through this store, but it's very cool. It's also not the kind of place that you pick out a book, find a chair, and sample the book before buying. Instead you squish against the bookshelf to allow others to pass by you in the comically narrow corridors. It's really kind of beautiful, and the... More 

Thank Kevin N
Adrian, Michigan
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1,882 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 703 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

This bookstore in a converted house in German Village is a great place to find whatever type of book in which you have interest. It is such a unique setup that it is worth walking through just to see whether you have an interest in finding reading material or not. There are 32 rooms of varying size that are chocked... More 

Thank Debbie K
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

I make it a point to visit a bookstore in nearly every major city I visit, and I was seriously impressed by the Book Loft! Easily among my favorite bookstores in the country. Why? First, the environment is everything a bookstore should be. It was Fall-time when I visited, and fallen leaves covered the cobbled streets outside. The neighborhood (aptly... More 

1 Thank Jeff G
Cheyenne, Wyoming
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

This is a truly unique bookstore. Leave yourself plenty of time to meander through over 30 rooms of books.

Thank Jennifer M
Pickerington, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

The Book Loft is more than a bookstore, it's something to do. I've taken children of all ages here and a couple dates over the years. It's fun to walk around, up and down and around - you might even get a little lost! Give yourself an hour or two, but you could run through it in a half hour.... More 

Thank Aimee L
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182 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015 via mobile

We hadn't planned on stopping here, but we stumbled across it walking through the German Village so we stopped in. They advertise "32 rooms of books", which do exist, but in a disorganized maze. We were there as tourists just browsing, but I don't really know how you could find something specific if you were looking for it. Many of... More 

Thank Kurt R
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I decided to check this bookstore out on our anniversary "staycation." It was a neat place with TONS of rooms and TONS of books! It was very close quarters though. People are always bumping into you and I always felt like I was into someone's way. It was a really neat place to check out and get... More 

Thank Michelle W
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102 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

We've visited twice so far, and it's always an adventure. There are 32 numbered rooms of books in an older house in the German Village area. The books are everywhere, under stairs, in nooks. They're classified by rooms (travel, sports, mystery, etc.), and they have various music cd's playing in different rooms (with the title listed so you can find... More 

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