COVID-19 UPDATE: The Island Bookstore has closed to the public in compliance with the North Carolina Stay Home directive ordered by Governor Roy Cooper, effective 3/30/2020. Please follow us on Facebook for updates. We hope to re-open as soon as it is reasonable for our staff and the general public. Thank you for your support.
I wish to have one copy of every book in the world. – Sir Thomas Phillipps
Welcome to Island Bookstore, located on the beautiful northern Outer Banks of North Carolina.
We are a full-service Independent general bookstore with books on all subjects including local interest, fiction, travel, cooking, history, poetry, sports, crafts and humor, in print or on CD. Our Kitty Hawk location features a large selection of magazines.
Browse among our stores to find unique gifts like handmade leather journals, up-cycled cloth gift bags, unique tote bags, and hand-painted cards. We also carry a variety of jigsaw puzzles for kids and adults alike.
Speaking of kids, our children’s book sections are a dense, well-curated and much-loved area in all of our stores. You’ve been warned: let your children loose in there and you might not see them again for hours!
In the summer, we host a series of Author Signings at our Corolla and Duck Stores. With authors who write across all genres – mystery, fiction, children’s picture books, non-fiction, cooking, and local history – you’re sure to find a treasure of a new book to take to the beach, give as a gift, or share with your local book club at home.
Each of our stores is a unique trip unto itself, so if you have the time, we encourage to visit all three. A variety of books, some the same and some different, fill our stores and we know you’ll just what you want to read – even if you didn’t know you wanted to read it!
Please come by and see us. We should have every book on your list. And if not, we can have it in stock within a couple of days. Bags too full to tote all your purchases home? We can ship books anywhere!
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