Books Galore, Festus, MO http://books-galore.com/ If you can’t find it anywhere else, you will find it here. They will also happily order new books if what you want isn’t in stock.
Main Street Books, St. Charles, MO http://www.mainstreetbooks.net/ New owners, same fabulous store. Hint: the best books (and seats) are upstairs.
The Book House, Maplewood, MO http://www.bookhousestl.com/ Fans of this quirky store, a combination of used and new books with a wonderful collection of antiques and nostalgia, were crushed when they had to move from their old Victorian house. Fear not; they have made a cozy home in downtown Maplewood. Make a day or an evening out of your visit; there’s a lot to do on the block (and adjoining blocks).
Subterranean Books, University City, MO https://store.subbooks.com/ The best reason to visit the famed and famous U. City Loop, this cozy indie features everything you can’t find anywhere else, staff picks, Book-A-Month subscriptions, and fun gifts for the reader in your life.
Half Price Books, University City, MO https://www.hpb.com/123 They’re not entirely an indie bookstore, but enough out of the mainstream to be counted. Get on the mailing list for offers and updates on their sales and events. This is a great place to take the books you have read and sell them–so you can buy more, of course. They also have a good selection of vinyl and CDs for the music lover and DVDs for movie buffs.