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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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Toronto, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
25 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
1 review
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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Alger, Ohio
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104 reviews 104 reviews
65 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

I agree with the nay sayers. It's very cramped so if you are claustrophobic than stay away. But i rather enjoyed the zig zaggy hallways and the random wares and decorations strewn about throughout the store. Besides the tight quarters, this place has killer deals like the title says and lots and lots of books. They have a huge selection... More

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Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
42 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

It's way too easy to spend a lot of time and money in here, so if you're going, plan on clearing your schedule for a few hours and make sure your bank account is ready. Also, be ready to be in some tight spaces. It's worth it. This is the most unique bookstore I've ever been in and by far... More

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Adrian, Michigan
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1,139 reviews 1,139 reviews
375 attraction reviews
449 helpful votes 449 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

This German Village bookstore is a unique place. This 32-room converted general store/cinema/saloon presented a very interesting atmosphere to browse. It was a bit claustrophobic in spots but the inventory was immense and the rooms were categorized quite conveniently. The service was very friendly as the workers were quite helpful. If you are in the neighborhood, it is worth a... More

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