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Prairie Lights

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Address: Iowa City, IA
Phone Number: 3193372681
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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Super indy bookstore!

This bookstore is always one of the highlights of my visits to Iowa City. They stock so many unique books, they have wonderful readings, and they are always helpful if you're... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Hope S
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This bookstore is always one of the highlights of my visits to Iowa City. They stock so many unique books, they have wonderful readings, and they are always helpful if you're looking for something specific. Very knowledgeable and just a joy to spend time perusing. They also have unique gifts and journals.

Thank Hope S
Iowa City, IA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of unusual books, and I get travel books here often. The staff is knowledgeable, kind and determined to help you. The children's section in the basement is fabulous. The coffeeshop upstairs is quite and a great place to meet friends and have some tea and a snack while you look at the books you bought.

Thank GailCheryl
Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A real bookstore! With real book smells, real paper pages to turn, real volumes to hold and experience. Places to sit while you browse. Frequent opportunities to meet authors. With so many bookstores shuttered forever, it's an experience not to be missed. A definite highlight of a visit to Iowa City, and a treasure for those of us who live... More 

Thank Solotravel-lover
Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Prarie Lights is a bloved institution in IC. They have a wide selection of books and hold author readings, often by successful writers from IU, many evenings a week. The staff is quite knowledgeable and not snooty. While they have every kind of book, if you just want a mainstream summer read, they don't look down at you but help... More 

Thank John W
Hudson, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

I wish there was a profound way of describing why an high quality, smart independent bookstore is just a delight. When, as you are checking out the selections you see so many interesting titles and so many authors you have told yourself you should read something by, you keep saying "I just get this, too," you realize why a place... More 

Thank DanB1960
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

what an incredible bookstore. Good bookstores, or any book store is so hard to find but Prairie Lights is a true find. a very wide selection of great books. I could have spent a great deal of money in there! They also have readings I believe and a very nice coffee shop hidden upstairs

Thank dgflys
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 via mobile

A real find to stumble across. Walked out with four books between the four of us. Found something for everyone with engaging displays.

Thank Eric S
Iowa City, IA, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Prairie Lights is one of the best of its kind anywhere. The wide selection is intelligently chosen and the staff are amazingly knowledgeable about books and authors. I am fearless about asking them anything, including, "Give me a book that is good to read before going to sleep". Their choices are original, apt and surprising. .See their book reviews on... More 

Thank traveling_grandmothe
Iowa City, IA, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Prairie Lights may just be one of the best bookstores you will ever walk into. Sure they have lots of books but it is their staff that makes it most wonderful. There isn't much they don't know about books and will help you at any time. The bookstore is spread over 2 floors and also has a coffee shop as... More 

Thank J E
Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

If you visit Iowa City and love books, this is a place you must put on your to do list. Very easy to spend hours here looking through the huge selection of books and browsing is never discouraged. You can buy coffee here as well if you need a boost to make it through the nonfiction collection. They also host... More 

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