Established in 2017, quality book marketing at reasonable prices.  A rare, used and new book buyer and seller.
Assisting clients to ethically grow, protect or liquidate their book collections.
Due to the Pandemic, all guests are asked to wear a mask upon entry of showroom. 
Store provided hand sanitizer and disposable gloves at entrance for client use.
One guest in the showroom at a time to ensure six foot distancing.
Sunday:  Closed

Monday: Open 10 Am  - 2 PM

Tuesday:  Open 10 AM - 2 PM

Wednesday:  Open 10 AM - 2 PM

Thursday:  Open 10 AM - 2 PM

Friday:  Open 10 AM - 6 PM

Saturday: Open 10 AM - 2 PM

Closed on Major Holidays
1570 South First Avenue
Iowa City, Iowa 52240
Phone: (319) 351-3166
Store is wheel chair accessible.
Enter building through center building door.
If you have books that you wish to sell please contact us!
Jeffrey@captainsbookshoppe.onmicrosoft .com
Jeff Rothermel

Owner / General Manager.

     Cap'n Jeff, is the primary book buyer.  He enjoys travelling to acquire interesting, rare and affordable books.  He has over 30 years' experience assessing and acquiring fine books.  He has been buying, selling, and appraising since 2017.


The Captain's Book Shoppe

is an independent book dealer.  

It markets select-new,

quality pre-owned and

rare books- all at reasonable prices.


The Captain conducts socially responsible operations.  He is currently conducting online, telephone sales, shipping, book deliveries,
curb-side pick up, and in-store-sales.  
Due to the Pandemic,
all guests are asked to wear a mask
upon entry of showroom.
Guests that forget their mask may purchase a disposable mask for one dollar.
Store provided hand sanitizer and disposable gloves are at the entrance for client use.
One guest in the showroom at a time
to ensure six foot distancing.

In order to mitigate COVID-19,
Captain’s Book Shoppe reviews potential book acquisitions off site, then sequesters the books for 72 hours prior to cataloging and shelving.  Our team members over the age of 65 or with preexisting conditions are not working in the store.  The storefront was closed to browsers for fifty-seven days beginning on 20 March 2020.
Book Acquisitions were suspended from
March thru 1 July (90+ days).

     The Captain's Book Shoppe sells all genres of fiction and non-fiction to include professional journals.  The Shoppe maintains and displays over a thousand books that are for sale in the European styled book store.  Hundreds of interesting preowned books are added weekly to the showroom shelves. 


Quality Books at Affordable Prices.

Rare, Used & Collectable Books.

                       University Press                                           First Edition Fiction

                       Biographies                                                 Classic Literature

                       History                                                          Vintage Pulp Fiction

                       Maps                                                            Science Fiction

                       Spiritual                                                        Fantasy

                       Religion                                                        Graphic Novels

                       Travel                                                            Mystery / Thrillers

                       Food / Wine books                                     Romance



     Store front parking is free.  Handicapped parking is directly in front of the store.  The store is wheel chair accessible through the building's center entrance door.


Iowa City Bus Stop

Eastdale Plaza #7124 /#7134

1570 South 1st Avenue, Suite H

Iowa City, Iowa 52240

(Across the Street from Java House)


The Store opens daily, Monday thru Saturday, at 10 AM.

Current store hours are always listed on this page and at https://www.CaptainsBookShoppe.com

home page.  

Store hours are also listed on voice mail at:

(319) 351-3166

We are also open by special appointment.


(Closed on New Years Day: 1 January, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day,

the 4th of July, November 11th, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.)


Assisting world-wide clients to ethically grow, protect or liquidate their book collections.


Coordinating with clients to find and connect with the right expert for their book(s) while maintaining confidentiality when required.  Accepting clients operating on a budget.


Call to set up appointment

(319) 351-3166

Assessing book value requires physically seeing, opening and smelling the book.  The initial consultation is free of charge, in order to determine scope of work and feasibility of the study.  


11 AM - 1 PM (Monday - Saturday)


By Appointment

Please do not bring books into store.

Books inspected outside store on inspection table.

The Captain usually looks at your items and gives you cash the very same day.  Potential sellers with large or special collections may wish to set up an appointment for our buyer to visit you.  Appointments for book buying or appraisals can be scheduled for any day of the week. 


If the books are dusty, the Captain will be glad to walk outside and look in the trunk of your car at your books.


Our book buyer’s interest shifts with the tide (and market conditions), but a few steady rules are the following:

Captain’s Book Shoppe LLC buys perfect condition 1960s to present hardbound books.  If the book has flaws and was printed after 1960, our book buyer is generally not interested in making an investment in a recently published book with imperfections. 

Yes, Captain's Book Shoppe buys books published prior to the 1800s.  Age is not the primary factor that our book buyer considers. 

Once the COVID-19 saga is over, the Captain will resume his book hunting adventures.  Captain Jeff travels the world on a search (quest) for interesting books.  His last trip to Europe was 15 December 2019 - 9 January 2020.  Cap'n Jeff's last westward book buying voyage was 30 January - 6 February 2019.  It included a stop at the Pasadena, CA Book Fair on 2 February.  The Captain made a book buying trek on 8 July - 28 July 2019 through the Southern United States.  If you have books that you think Jeff would be interested in seeing, please contact him.  He is always looking for a reason to travel!


The Captain generally does not buy hard bound books that have the local consignment stores price stickers (such as Stuff Inc. or Cozy Closet) still affixed to the dust jacket.  If the sticker is removed prior to coming into the store and there is not a noticeable “sticker ghost” and the spine is not cocked, it is possible the Captain maybe interested in the book.  Sticky price sticker residue is a defect that spreads to other books.  Sticky books literally have zero resale value. 


Captain's Book does not buy records, cassette or VHS tapes.   Occasionally, the Captain acquires audio book CDs.         


Yes, the Captain and crew accept paperbacks of all genre.    

As a general rule, the Captain does not buy used text books.  The Captain accepts donated text books.


Yes, Captain's Book Shoppe accepts boxes of donated books.  The Captain will find your donations a great home.  Some books due to condition, will be sent to a local paper recycler.    Book donations are accepted during normal business hours any day the store is open. 


If you are an author or publisher and desire to sell some of your books through the Captain's Book Shoppe, please contact us.


If you are looking for a book, please give Jeff a call at (319) 351-3166.  As he conducts his travels, he will attempt to locate the specified book.  Once it is found, he will contact you to determine if you are still interested in the item, prior to his negotiations with the current owner.

The Captain will ship your purchase via the most economical method that ensures a safe passage.  If you desire custom shipping (faster); please include that in your order request.  The requestor may incur additional shipping costs for special delivery orders.  If you have a question about shipping charges you may send us an email or give Jeff a phone call.


The Captain's Book Shoppe LLC was founded in 2017.  Initially, the firm sold books only via the internet.  The firm expanded operations in 2018.

Captain's Book opened the doors at its current location, 1570 S. 1st Ave, Iowa City, IA 52240 on 10 June 2018.  It has outgrown its current location.  Captain's Book is in search of more storefront and warehousing.  Jeff looks forward to hearing from, you, if you have reasonably priced retail / commercial property opportunities. 

Bookselling in a pandemic 

No tall tale.

By order of the Iowa Governor all book stores in the State were closed

27 March - 30 April 2020.

The Governor on 27 April proclaimed that 

bookstores in 77 Iowa Counties could reopen. Captain's Book Shoppe was in one of the 22 Iowa Counties where book stores were to remain closed until 15 May 2020 due to growing COVID-19 rates.  The Governor revised that order on 6 May, allowing for bookstores to reopen on 8 May at 50% capacity.  Captain's Book opted to remain closed thru 15 May 2020.

the end notes....

Captain's Book restocks their shelves on a daily basis.  You are welcome to frequently visit our show room store.  Browsers Welcome!  

Check back often to see our current collection of books!  


Anne Tanner

Former co-owner of

Locust Grove Used Books

Upstate New York circa 1985

Operations consultant.

Focus area:  Journalism, travel and

Iowa Authors.


Betsey Sue Neipert

Saturday Shoppe Keeper

Focus Area:  Religion

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