A Guide to Bookstores in Hoboken + Jersey City

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Sometimes an ideal night isn’t a night out; it’s a glass of French wine and falling asleep to a good book. And not an illuminated Kindle or Nook, dear readers. A real, paperbound, feel-the-weight-in-your-hands book. We’re firm believers that everyone should spend less time on social media, believe it or not, and more time with their noses in a book, so here’s a list of bookstores in Hoboken and Jersey City to pick up your next read.

Hoboken

Hoboken Public Library | 500 Park Avenue

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The Hoboken Public Library was established under the NJ General Library Act of 1884. It is on the National List of Historic Places. Most people love a good bookshelf and collection of books, but if you’re not the purchasing type, the Hoboken Public Library is a no-brainer place to go. On the bottom level of the library, there is a section dedicated to books that are for sale, on the second floor, locals can search Hoboken archives, there’s a collection of movies and CDs, weekly events, and much more. Learn more about the Hoboken Public Library here.

Little City Books | 100 Bloomfield Street + 14th and Adams Street

Little City Books

Little City Books is an independent bookstore that happens to be the perfect place to find newly released books and popular authors. The selection of books includes architecture, art, business, drama, history, cooking, gardening, medical, nature, true crime, sports, and much more. The bookstore also hosts monthly events.

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Symposia Community Bookstore | 510 Washington Street

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Gently used books for a fraction of the price you’d pay in stores. Though they may not have the newest arrivals, the collection is always chock-full of goodies in all genres including fiction, non-fiction, biographies, history, art, psychology, art, children’s books, and more. Symposia Bookstore also hosts weekly events such as Puppetonia puppet shows for toddlers, yoga, author meet-and-greets, open mic sessions, and more.

Jersey City

To (book)mark National Family Literacy Month, Lawn Love ranked 2022’s Best Cities for Book Lovers. It compared the 200 biggest U.S. cities based on access to public libraries, bookstores, little free libraries, book clubs, and events. In addition to it’s overall 3rd place nationwide ranking, Jersey City ranked in some key metrics (1 = Best) as follows:

  • Bookstores per 100,000 Residents – 1st
  • Independent Bookstores per 100,000 Residents – 1st
  • Public Libraries – 61st
  • Books “in the Wild” (BookCrossing) per 100,000 Residents – 32nd
  • Silent Book Clubs – 63rd
  • Book Events and Festivals per 100,000 Residents – 144th

WORD | 123 Newark Avenue

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There are always new arrivals, an in-house cafe to read your newly purchased book, and an awesome selection of gift cards. This bookstore always keeps an inventory of books that reflect the current cultural and political climate. Customers can also browse the staff picks for good recommendations on what to read next.

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Jersey City Public Library | 472 Jersey Avenue

The Hoboken Public Library was established under the NJ General Library Act of 1884. It is on the National List of Historic Places. The Jersey City public library offers many books of all genres. But what’s even cooler are the additional services the library provides like employment assistance, college readiness, services for adults and children, a community awareness series, and more.

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