Browse. Relax. Enjoy. Black River Books.

In Business For Over 13 Years!

Now Black River Books Is For Sale!

Contact Owners, Dick & Pam If Interested


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.


Not Dead Yet by Hadley Moore - Pam's new favorite new book

I read this book late fall after Hadley dropped off a copy. After reading two of the short stories, I ordered the book and asked Hadley to come for a signing. We scheduled for last mid-December. Shortly before the signing, Hadley learned she was longlisted for the 2020 Penn-America Award! (Only 10 per category!) Other awards: Autumn House Press’s 2018 fiction contest and 2020 First Horizon Award for debut authors (under the Eric Hoffer Book Award). It makes a great gift book!


the Last Bathing Beauty, by Amy Sue Nathan is our latest addition to our new books.

The main character, Betty Stern, is an 18-year-old "knockout" in the summer of 1951. She's working at her grandparent's lakeside resort in South Haven, the "Catskills of the Midwest." This novel takes her from that summer at the beach to decades later when she "finally faces the past." A good summer read!


New! We have added two diversity sections of children's and youth books. One is on a front bookshelf just to the left of the front door. The other is in the children's room on two shelves.

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!



We weren't able to buy books for 12 weeks March - May due to Covid19. And now due to the spread of the virus, we are open only weekends. Since our expenses continue, we need to be very selective in what we buy now. However, since we buy year round, the shelves are loaded and ready for weekend customers.  

We Are Closed Christmas Through New Years

Due to increase in Covid19 cases, we have changed our regular hours to weekends only, Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday afternoons. 

Still With Safety Precations

  • We have installed an air-purifying system. We are doing everything to keep you and ourselves safe. Please do your part.

  • Customers must wear masks or facial coverings (over noses too) and keep them on while in the store.

  • Customers must use hand sanitizer, or wear our provided gloves S,M,L,XL

  • Customers must practice social distancing.


Sun: 1pm - 5pm

Mon -Thur: Closed

Fri: 11am - 5pm

Sat: 11am - 5pm









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. But since he turned 16 in January, he needs to rest more!

Booker & Dewey's Corner

Our dear Dewey has been gone for almost two years. We all miss him still, but Booker carries on with the snuggles and love for 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!