Browse. Relax. Enjoy. Black River Books.

Calebrating 12 years


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.


Book Signing Saturday, Dec. 28, 1:00 - 4:00pm

Liberty Hyde Bailey was an early resident of South Haven (1858-1954). He went on to become the “Father of Modern Horticulture.” John Linstrom, another favorite son of South Haven, and John Stempien, have co-edited The Liberty Hyde Bailey Gardener’s companion: Essential Writings.

Full of timless wit and grace, (the book) contains essays and poems from Bailey's many books on gardening, as well as from neewspapers and magazines from the era.







Nature's Friend - The Gwen Frostic Story, 

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.


We have quite a selection of children's books about other lands and cultures in our children's room. For some reason customers seldom look through this section. These books would be great for elementary teachers. 

The Signs Are In Again!!!

Sold P.U.S.H. Progressives United of So. Haven

Still only $15 cash or check. All proceeds go

P.U.S.H. and after printing more signs, money

goes to charity!


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! 

Due to Covid-19

Rapid Spread, 

We are Closed

Until Further Notice

We have a small number of online books on through our website




Sun: 1pm - 5pm

Mon: 11am - 5pm

Tue: Closed

Wed: Closed

Thur: Closed

Fri & Sat: 11am - 5pm


















Co-editors John A. Stempien and John Linstrom will be available at Black River Books in South Haven, Michigan to chat and sign copies of their new anthology, The Liberty Hyde Bailey Gardner's Companion: Essential Writings, a collection of the essential garden writings of famous South Havenite, horticulturist, and nature writer Liberty Hyde Bailey. Copies will be available for purchase, and the co-editors will sign copies.




















Kid's Books

Our Kid's Room houses an ever changing array of used and select new books for toddles, youth and young adults. The Booker & Dewey Corner has for years carried the dogs' favorite new and used kid's books. Booker is in charge now that Dewey has passed. He carries on in Dewey's honor. 

Booker & Dewey's Corner

Our dear Dewey has been gone for almost a year. We all miss him still, but Booker carries on with the snuggles and love form our book and dog-loving customers.

And sometimes Booker gets a bit of love from a pretty young woman!

This handsome young man has been visiting and loving on Booker since both of them were much younger.

We have acquired some interesting old leather-bound law books. One or two would add a nice touch to anyone's personal library!