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Book Loft

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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First time visit

We've lived in Columbus for a few years, and finally decided to make the trek to German village to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Columbus, Ohio
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A hidden gem

Very cool place! You will find any book on any subject. The books are categorized and separated... read more

Reviewed December 11, 2018
Concord, Ohio
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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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631 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43206-1000
+1 614-464-1774
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've lived in Columbus for a few years, and finally decided to make the trek to German village to roam through the Book Loft. It is definitely worth it if you love books, which we do. Lots of rooms with clearly labeled subject matter on...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

Very cool place! You will find any book on any subject. The books are categorized and separated in tiny little rooms. You can literally get lost in the book loft. Located on the main drag in German village. Several charming restaurants near by.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kmama60
Reviewed December 3, 2018 via mobile

We take a weekend trip to Columbus as least once a year and this book store is always on our list. When the kids were young, it was this place and COSI. They are older now, so it is The Book Loft, Easton, the North...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 24, 2018 via mobile

Is it cramped? Yes! Is it tight? Yes! Is AWESOME? YYYYYEEEEESSSSS! 32 rooms of books. Very cool place! You can browse, you read, you can SHOP!

Date of experience: November 2018
Reviewed November 22, 2018 via mobile

I love books and if you are like me and love a good book store, this is the place for you!! I will warn anyone that goes here, leave plenty time because you will get lost. Also, parking is an issue because it being in...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed October 22, 2018 via mobile

Amazing selection and pretty good prices here. Definitely a fun time if you're a book lover and it's a big place so you will need a lot of time there. Prices are good but not exceptional deals.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank JamesA546
Reviewed October 20, 2018 via mobile

I could have spent hours here!!! Was on the way to the fudge place and red stable but was so pleased to pop in here, 32 rooms of every book imagineable! Definitely a book lovers dream. Well worth a visit!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ErinRy1981
Reviewed October 19, 2018 via mobile

Great variety of book options woven into several layers and levels with narrowly cozy niches! Get lost among the many book rooms with different themes and subjects. There are levels of steps and narrow passages in some areas; this adds to the wandering around. Plan...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Bergy5traveler
Reviewed October 9, 2018

...the last day of my conference, a colleague and I Lyfted to The Book Loft and somehow spent an hour and a half there in about half that time--minutes evaporated. There are so many books, in so many rooms, we must have seen a tiny...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank robwbush
Reviewed September 29, 2018

This is the most amazing book store with 32 separate rooms, selling all kinds of books. You could get lost in here for days. I would have liked to buy a t-shirt with Book Loft written on it, but they did not sell such things,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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September 19, 2018|
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Response from 461glennw | Reviewed this property |
there was parking in the street their was a little car park in the visitors centre just up from books aloft on the right hand side I walked
November 25, 2016|
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Response from lejustice | Reviewed this property |
I think not as well. It is locally owned. Give them a call. It will be a nice gift either way.
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Abby TWB
Cincinnati, Ohio
Columbus, OH - German Village (2 Replies)
We will be in Columbus, Ohio this Friday. I have plans to take a stroll through the German Village w/ stops at the Book Loft and a drink at Lindeys. We wont have too much time and will be getting to Columbus late. Any other suggestions for the German Village area? I am familiar with Columbus, OH, but have not spent too much time in this neighborhood. Thanks!
October 21, 2010|
Response fromretiredagent|
I think you should post this in the Columbus, OH forum. Being in Pittsburgh won't get you any satisfactory responses!
Saint Paul, MN
Columbus suggestions (4 Replies)
I will be in Columbus July 31 for two days. This is scheduled "down time" in a long road trip vacation with my husband and three teen daughters. German Village, the Book Loft and Short North are on our list. We are staying in a hotel nearby High Street. Any restaurant suggestions for lunch and dinner? I heard the Elevator Brewery is good. What is in the Short North? We don't want to do anything too strenuous since we will be tired and this is only the halfway point in our trip. Thanks.
July 25, 2006|
Response fromohliz|
Lotsof rather upscale restaurants in the Short North. I really enjoy North Market for lunch, many vendors to visit, fresh fish, veggies etc but also prepared meals, ice cream...it's close by too.
July Weekend (3 Replies)
My mother and I will be in town July 21 - 24. We're attending the Cesar Milan seminar at the Aladdin Shrine Center. Everything else is open, but we'll explore the Book Loft and Germantown, and probably some malls. Any suggestions on where to stay? We'll have a 15 lb dog with us, and free high-speed/wireless Internet would also be great. The Comfort Inn at Oebtz sounds promising. It's a drive, but since we'll be exploring, location isn't as important as clean and comfortable. Say about $60...More
May 27, 2006|
Response fromIrishLake|
i'm sorry i can't help, but i'm a huge ceasar milan fan and i did not knwo he was coming to columbus. i might try to go, thanks for posting!