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Update! Both Curious and Archives are CLOSED until further notice!

We hope to reopen as soon as it's safe to do so. Please see this page for more information, or visit our Facebook page.

The spring book show is also cancelled, unfortunately. The fall book show is scheduled for October 25th.

We will continue selling online. Any shipping delays will be out of our hands, but we'll do our very best.


IN THE MEANTIME, please give your consideration to:

- Our Facebook page, which is updated pretty frequently and is a good way to contact us with any questions or concerns.

- Our GoFundMe event, which we're running to help keep the rent paid and payroll covered during this unexpected hiatus. We're all touched, here, by the community support we're receiving! We're also working to ship out packages of books to donors who've requested them. Since we try not to have multiple staffmembers in the shop at the same time, and since everything's slowed down by this public health crisis, shipping times will be a little long and a little mysterious. But we're getting there!

- Our Etsy shop! Yes, we sell a fascinating variety of printed items through Etsy, chiefly the sorts of things that you wouldn't have been looking for but would want just because it's a strange or beautiful or antiquarian book, or magazine, or objet d'art. Or even things that are too well-used to be sold normally but which can live on as craft materials. So if you want a 1903 romance novel with a carved cover, an obscure hundred-year-old humor magazine, a Civil War-era children's book, or something even less likely, take a look.

Stay safe, stay calm, stay kind, and stay at least six feet apart when you can.


About Us

The Curious Book Shop

Curious Book Shop is a used and rare book store located in downtown East Lansing. Originally started in a basement in 1969, the store has since expanded to three floors of over 50,000 well-organized books, magazines, and other paper items.

We take great pride in supplying books to the community - everything from recent paperbacks to scarce antiquarian titles. Our staff members are knowledgeable and dedicated to good customer service. Shop specialties are science fiction, mystery, children's books, Michigan history, sports memorabilia, and old magazines of every variety. We invite you to stop by and browse.

Regular Hours:


10:00 AM to 7:00 PM  Monday - Saturday

12:00 PM to 5:00 PM  Sunday


Please note that we have switched to our winter hours, closing at 7 PM Monday through Saturday!

If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter, please email us at curiousbooks@gmail.com



Latest News


New inventory comes in constantly! And more of it than you'd probably think. Check back often to see what's new, or try emailing us if you're looking for something you just can't find.


Book Reviews

Some of Ray's book reviews can be found on our blog, where you can read the full review and browse others from the archive. Take a look!