Browse. Relax. Enjoy. Black River Books.


Welcome to Black River Books, an independently owned and operated quality used bookstore, designed to offer a pleasant browsing experience in a relaxed atmosphere. Over 40 thousand books occupying over 2000 square feet of space and covering a broad range of subjects are arranged on well-labeled shelves. Two walls of windows bring in plenty of natural light. Comfortable chairs afford a place to relax, enjoy a cup of coffee, tea or cocoa, or to examine possible purchases. Black River Books welcomes children with a room furnished for them. This room also houses the cooking and gardening books, so moms or dads can browse while the little ones are entertained.


Although we are primarily used, we do carry some new books: a selection of Michigan books, children's books and books with a local connection, either through topic, author or illustrator.

We, Dick and Pam, welcome you to Black River Books. We hope you find our store a comfortable place to hunt for a special book for yourself, a friend or a family member. Perhaps it's also a place to meet a friend or find a new one. Sometimes it's a place to get a dog fix from our resident Labradoodle, Booker. Whatever brings you to our store, we hope you enjoy your visit, tell your friends about us and come again.

Ice Breaker February 2019 - Patrick McKearnan busy at work on his ice sculpture and with the finished product. With clear ice it's hard to see, but it's a bottle of wine, a wine glass and bread - all a person needs.

        This gentleman happily found a relative in an old "History of Kalamazoo County, Michigan." One of the fun things for us is when someone finds something they didn't know they were looking for.


This gentleman already owned the Lincoln Box. He measured the Lincoln set in our store to see if his books would fit. They did, and he bought them. He was way more pleased than the picture shows.



Nature's Friend - The Gwen Frostic Story, is a children's book, but not really just for children. Her art and writing are familiar to many Mighiganders, and are famous not only in Michigan but around the world. This delightful and wonderfully illustrated book tells the story behing Gwen's art and legacy.


New Purchase of Books

We are always buying more books, year around, so there is something new all the time. Stop in and check it out! 

March Hours

We will be closed Monday March 25

For a short vacation

Sun: - 1pm - 5pm 

Mon: - 11am - 5pm

Tue: - Closed

Wed: - Closed

Thur: - Closed

Fri: - 11am - 5pm

Sat: - 11am - 5pm






















Kid's Books

Our Kid's Room houses an ever changing array of used kids and young adult books. Come check it out. The Booker & Dewey Corner has “Something to Chew On” with the dog's favorite New Kid's Books. 

Booker & Dewey's Corner

Peter Ferry's Old Heart

Pete Ferry, travel writer for the Chicago Tribune, is a local summer resident. His second novel, Old Heart, came out last May. Since then we have sold over 250 copies. We, Pam and Dick, both loved the book. So did the Chicago Writers Association. They voted Old Heart Novel of the Year 2015. If your book club buys Old Heart Pete will come to your club. We have signed copies of it and of Pete's first novel, Travel Writing.


Travels with Gannon & Wyatt

New to Us Adventure Series

     6 Different Books on

     6 Different Adventures

From Africa to the South Pacific these Twin Brothers have traveled to all corners of the globe. Their real-life expeditions provide the foundation for these educational and action-packed adventure books: Botswana, Great Bear Rain Forest, Egypt, Greenland, and Ireland and now Hawaii.

    Here are the books