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 must 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 safe in-store-sales.  

In order to mitigate COVID-19,
Captain’s Book Shoppe is not accepting
book donations or buying books.  The storefront was closed to browsers for fifty-seven days beginning on
20 March 2020.
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.
Due to the Pandemic, all guests must 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.

     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

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.


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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. 



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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