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Book Loft

631 S Third St, Columbus, OH 43206
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Ranked #2 of 14 Shopping in Columbus
Type: Shops
Activities: Shopping
Description: 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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Eastern Shore, Maryland
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255 reviews 255 reviews
38 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

My wife is a Bookie... and we hit just about all the old book shops when we travel. There are some amazing book shops around, but this is one of the few that feature just about every new book published. Note: a warning - if you get separated inside, you might not find each other for a while. It's bigness... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Traveled to Columbus back in the mid-1980's, and honestly this place is the only thing that stuck out in my mind. Came back last weekend for the Virginia Tech/OSU game, and I dragged hubby and teenage boy with lure that we wouldn't stay long. Book store did NOT disappoint even after all of these years! Even my teen wanted to... More

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Niles, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Happen to stop by and were amazed by the collection of the books, various titles and unbelievable bargain prices. Though it was not a part of our itinerary we ended up spending a major portion of the day browsing through various titles, authors and sections. The place is congested to initially get in but once we started looking into the... More

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Toronto, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Having worked in bookstores for many years, and seen the decline and almost decimation of the independent bookstore, it was a total delight to visit the Book Loft. The staff are friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable! The place is a total labyrinth of rooms, which makes it all the more interesting to spent a rainy afternoon or a late evening prowling... More

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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
25 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

Wow, this is a very neat and huge bookstore. There are 32 rooms to walk through and almost every kind of book you can imagine. It's a book lovers dream!! And the prices are not too bad either!! Very cool!! Will definitely come back again :)

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Columbus, Ohio
17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I love the book loft. It's an adventure just to get lost in the place. The prices are competitive and they've got an amazing number of books packed in that place. Most definitely check it out!

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56 reviews 56 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

A beautiful outside garden space when you can sit and wait for the book lover in your life. Better be prepared to wait a long time, with 32 rooms of books to buy! Bargain books by the hundreds outside most $5.99 or less. If you can carry your dog then your pet is welcome inside! Nice since German Village is... More

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Goshen, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Charming from top to bottom. I fell in love with the music wafting through each room, especially the Celtic selections and jazz. Was it a bit hard to navigate as a senior? Yes, but go slowly and go often!!

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Athens, Ohio
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

What a great place to explore. So much more enjoyable than a big box store. My thirteen year old said, "I really want a house like this." It's just plain cute! Our three teens, my husband and I all roamed through several rooms on our own, getting a taste of each room's "theme" and pretty much every room had it's... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

This bookstore is so much fun! My family and I are a bunch of book lovers whose love ranges very different genres and this place has absolutely everything. The bookstore is as quirky and fantastical as dropping into Wonderland, and no small amount of time is possible to get the full effect of this place. I would recommend a couple... More

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