stack of books and coffee at one of the best bookstores in Carbondale

The Best Bookstores in Carbondale

Hey, book lovers of Carbondale! Did you know that Carbondale is home to a treasure-trove of bookstores? Whether you’re searching for a rare edition or a bestselling thriller, the best bookstores in Carbondale can supply exactly what you’re looking for.

Our Favorite Bookstores in Carbondale

The SIU Bookstore

There’s more to the SIU bookstore than academic textbooks. Here, you’ll find a nice variety of bestsellers along with gits and collectibles. Of course, there’s also a healthy helping of Southern Illinois University apparel, but general books are readily available. You’ll find fiction, non-fiction, comics, manga, and more among the shelves. You can also pre-order books directly through the SIU bookstore!

Barnes & Noble

The renowned chain store offers a vast collection of new books featuring bestsellers across a medley of genres. The store boasts books in a variety of formats as well as magazines, stationery items, small gifts, and novelties. Barnes & Noble also features a Starbucks cafe where you can enjoy a book over coffee and pastries. The store also hosts readings and signings by esteemed authors throughout the year.

Castle Perilous Games and Books

Castle Perilous Games and Books¬†has become a hub for fantasy and role-play book lovers around Carbondale. Though they don’t deal strictly with books, they do sell used books and role-playing game handbooks. Featuring nearly 2,000 square feet of new and used books (mostly in the fantasy genre), the shop offers boundless opportunities for fun and diversion. The shop specializes in used and out-of-print books and games but also hosts gaming events on a regular basis.


The best bookstores in Carbondale are just a short trip from your home at The Pointe at SIU. Carbondale is full of excellent opportunities to live life to the fullest, and nobody knows that better than our residents. If you would like to learn more about life in Carbondale or you’re interested in scheduling a tour, please¬†contact us.

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