Established in 2017, we market quality books at reasonable prices. We buy and sell rare, used and a few select new books.
Assisting clients to ethically grow, protect or liquidate their book collections.
Due to the Pandemic,
our Show Room
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!
The Captain's Book Shoppe
is an independent book dealer.
It markets select-new,
quality pre-owned and
rare books- all at reasonable prices.
In order to mitigate COVID-19,
Captain’s Book Shoppe is not accepting
book donations or buying books.
By order of the Iowa Governor
all book stores in the State are
Closed 27 March - 7 April 2020
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
Religion Graphic Novels
Travel Mystery / Thrillers
Food / Wine books Romance
The Captain sorts, grades and markets new acquisitions during store hours. Clients are welcome to poke around the stacks and through the boxes to find treasure that has not yet made it onto the internet.
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)
BOOK STORE HOURS
The Store opens daily, Monday thru Saturday, at 10 AM.
Current store hours are always listed on this page and at
Store hours are also listed on voice mail at:
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.
Suspended; call to set up appointment
If you are an author or publisher and desire to sell some of your books through the Captain's Book Shoppe, please contact us.
TELEPHONE & INTERNET SALES
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!
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.
Former co-owner of
Locust Grove Used Books
Upstate New York circa 1985
Focus area: Journalism, travel and
Betsey Sue Neipert
Saturday Shoppe Keeper
Focus Area: Religion