Start a new chapter at one of Lakeland’s charming bookstores

Used, antique, new, and locally-written — these are just a few types of reads that Lakeland bookstores specialize in from the north side to the south side of Swan City.

A red cinder block building with a coming soon sign

Inklings Book Shoppe has moved downtown as of 2024.

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Lakeland’s full of quaint + cozy bookstores where you can find your next read. Get ready to turn the page on your new favorite book at one of these local establishments throughout town.

Inklings Book Shoppe, 243 N. Florida Ave.
This antique + used bookseller formerly found on Combee Road is celebrating the grand opening of its new home in downtown Lakeland on Saturday, Jan. 6.

stacks of books on a table

Find everything from picture books to required reading at Pressed.

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Pressed Books and Coffee, 213 E. Bay St.
Grab a hand-crafted coffee or pastry and shop for new releases, books by Lakeland authors, and used books. Pro tip: Follow the store’s Instagram to learn about special events, book clubs, and new drinks.

Bookends Used Books, 5100 US Hwy. 98 N., Ste. 4
Head to this indie bookstore in north Lakeland to trade in your books and shop for your next read.

A woman reaching for a book on a bookshelf lined with hardcover books.

Local bookshops are the best place to shop for local authors’ works.

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Crash Bookshop, 3125 Bartow Rd.
This community bookstore located in Somos Church exists to amplify a diverse range of voices and stories. The store is open on a pop-up basis — check out its Instagram for hours and curated books.

The Unbound Bookery, 1026 S. Florida Ave.
Visit this bookseller located within the Bungalow Boutique to shop antique, vintage, used, and new books. Hunting for a difficult-to-find book? The experts here specialize in helping you find it.

Little Bus Books mobile bookshop

Find this iconic book bus at pop-ups around Polk.

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Little Bus Books, 1047 E. Main St.
You can find this family-owned mobile bookshop all over Polk County as well as in The Nectary. It aims to reach middle-grade students, young adults, and adults with stories from diverse cultural perspectives.

Coliseum of Comics, 1517 Bartow Rd.
Comic book readers and collectors can peruse the stacks at this Grove Park Shopping Plaza storefront.

That’s not all. Check out our list of books by local authors and our guide to Lakeland libraries. Happy reading, Lakeland.

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