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About Our Store

"Lord! When you sell a man a book you don't sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night - there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book."

- Christopher Morley

"Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house."

- Henry Ward Beecher

"Many people, other than the authors, contribute to the making of a book, from the first person who had the bright idea of alphabetic writing  through the inventor of movable type to the lumberjacks who felled the trees that were pulped for its printing. It is not customary to  acknowledge the trees themselves, though their commitment is total."

- Forsyth and Rada, Machine Learning

"I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves."

- Anna Quindlen,
"Enough Bookshelves," New York Times,
7 August 1991

"To choose a good book, look in an inquisitor's prohibited list."

- John Aikin

"Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled "This could change your life."

- Helen Exley

"Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing."

- Harper Lee

"A house without books is like a room without windows."

- Heinrich Mann

"An ordinary man can...surround himself with two thousand books... and thenceforward have at least one place in the world in which it is possible to be happy."

- Augustine Birrell

"Books are delightful society. If you go into a room and find it full of books - even without taking them from the shelves they seem to speak to you, to bid you welcome."

- William Ewart Gladstone

"A single book at the right time can change our views dramatically, give a quantum boost to our knowledge, help us construct a whole new outlook on the world and our life. Isn't it odd that we don't seek those experiences more systematically?"

- Steve Leveen

"Even big collections of ordinary books distort space and time... The relevant equation is Knowledge = Power = Energy = Matter = Mass; a good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read."

- Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs

Located in downtown Kutztown, Firefly Bookstore is an independently-owned and operated new and used bookstore in Southeastern Pennsylvania. We carry a great selection of titles including large sections of children's books, general fiction, sci-fi, religion & metaphysics, cooking, history and biography. 

We also offer board games and puzzles (both new and used), toys, buttons, magnets, small gifts, note cards and each year, a large selection of calendars. We also offer free gift wrapping, customer requests and special orders. We can also provide dust jacket covering for any of our books. 
We buy and trade books whenever the store is open.

271 West Main Street
Kutztown PA, 19530

Sunday-Wednesday - 11:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday-Friday - 11:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 9:00pm



If you are interested in selling books to us, we are able to look at books most times when the store is open. If you have a large collection, do call us to arrange an appointment. 

More information about selling books


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What Services do you offer?

  • Special Orders: We can special order most new, in-print books, games, and other items from our distributors, most items arrive within several days.
  • Direct Shipping: Most new titles, even ones we do not currently have in the store, are available to ship to you directly. Contact us by phone or at the store to order. 
  • Book Requests: We can be on the look-out for out of print and used books. Our System will notify us of a waiting customer when a title is traded in to Firefly.
  • Holds: We are happy to put any item on hold for one week.
  • Wish Lists: Birthday or other special event? Any item in the store can be noted as a wish list request. Your friends and family will be able to shop worry-free!
  • Gift Wrapping: Free for all Firefly purchases. Please let us know in the notes field if you want your internet purchase gift wrapped. 
  • Dust Jacket Covers: For $1.00, we are happy to put a protective mylar cover on any dust jacket.
  • Prison Shipping: For the price of shipping we will be happy to ship softcover books to inmates. We will need complete mailing address including ID#.
  • Book Donations: Any book that we are unable to offer store credit for, we are happy to add to our donation boxes. We donate to the Louisa Gonser Community Library (Kutztown), the Leo Club/Kutztown Area High School Annual Media Sale benefiting the American Cancer Society, and The Friends of Berks County Public Libraries annual Book Bonanza sale.

Do you sell textbooks for college?

We don't carry most course textbooks, but we do carry assigned reading books for liturature, history, philosophy and education and other sections. For Education Majors, we have a fantastic children's literature section. We are also happy to look at books to purchase, so come in at the end of the semester to trade in books.

Do you have a storefront I can shop at? Can I visit your location?

Yes we do! you can visit us at 271 West Main Street in Kutztown PA. The material that is listed here on our site is not the same as what is listed in the store. If you live locally, and would rather pick it up at the store rather than have it mailed to you, please contact us. We cannot accommodate shoppers at the online location.

Do you have a mailing list?

We send out emails 1-2 times a month with event announcements, news, current sales and special email-only offers. If you are interested, sign up here. We, of course, will never never never ever give, sell, trade or allow access to anyone else. This list is for our sole and very occasional use.

Can I send you a list of what I'm looking for?

We do track and maintain Customer requests. If you wish to send us an email, we can add your name and requested items to our database, and contact you when they are available. You are also welcome to use the Wish List feature on this site.

Do you buy books?

Yes, we are actively seeking books for our store. If you are located within our area, we would be happy to discuss with you our availability to come pick up your items. We welcome inquiries from estate sales, moving sales, and store liquidations. Depending on the volume and type of material, and how far away you are, we will make an appointment to come to you. Please contact us for more information, or review our buying and trading information.

How are items shipped?

We use padded envelopes and boxes for all our material. To protect fragile or vintage items from being damaged, we will add additional material, or cover. We can try to accommodate special requests, please contact us at time of purchase.

How is shipping calculated?

Shipping is automatically calculated by USPS based on size and weight. Please refer to our shipping guidelines for more information.

Do you have volume or other shipping discounts?

Bulk shipping may require additional postage or handling. If you are making a purchase of a very large number of items, we may be able to offer some discounts. If you live in the Kutztown area, (19530) we do not charge for shipping. If you live in Pennsylvania, we do not charge a handling fee (usually $1).

If you have other questions not answered here or on our shipping page, please contact us.

Contacting Us

We are available by email: contactus@fireflybookstore.com

You can find even more results on our Biblio.com page! You will be able to search our entire collection, not just the selection on our own site, and make purchases.