The Book Loft

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Matt MacDonald
Recently, I had the opportunity to go to Columbus with my wife. While we were there, she wanted to check out a bookstore in the German Village called “The Book Loft”. She had heard that this place was supposed to be really good. I had never heard of it before and I consider myself a bit of a book snob. Naturally, I thought, ‘Well, how good could it really be?’

CRIPPLED CHRIST ON A CRUTCH! This isn’t your ordinary independent bookstore. This is the bookstore that the rest of the independent bookstores in Ohio can learn from.

Considered, one of the nation’s largest independent bookstores, The Book Loft is located at 631 South Third Street in Columbus, Ohio, just a few minutes South of the state Capitol Building.

The Book Loft itself was formerly the home of a general store, a saloon and a nickelodeon cinema. Now it is the home of 32 rooms of bargain books. This comes in at well over 100,000 titles!

I was blown away when I first walked into the store. There were books everywhere!

Most chain bookstores offer the same thing: good lighting, perhaps a chance to get a bite to eat and wide spaces. What suffers as a result of this (at least in my opinion) is the quality of the books that they carry as well as the customer service offered.

The Book Loft of German Village keeps it real by having friendly, knowledgeable staff and by offering you the things that you came there for in the first place: books!

After I got over my initial shock, my wife and I began to travel through all 32 rooms. It was like nothing I had ever experienced before. Every conceivable space was lined or filled with books. For the love of God: we got lost more than once while we were there!

If you are ever in the Columbus area, The Book Loft of German Village should definitely be a point of interest. The selection of books is phenomenal and they also discount all paperbacks as well as hardcover books!

The Book Loft of German Village is located at 631 South Third Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206. Open: 10am to 11pm 7 days a week.