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~  A unique selection of new & used books  ~
~  An island of calm in the heart of Athens  ~

Relax in our comfortable sitting area
and browse for that perfect book or gift

Books     Games    Toys    Puzzles    Puppets    Journals   
Espressos   Smoothies
   and much more!

Welcome to Athens Book Center

74 East State St.
Athens, OH 45701

Stop by and visit our store for the latest new book releases or just browse our shelves and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. We carry new and used books, children's toys, puppets, puzzles, and other gift items.  We also serve espresso, coffee, and smoothies. Stay and relax in our comfortable sitting area. Free wi-fi is available for your use.

Online Books

The Athens Book Center has an online collection of older books, including some rare books.  The books in this online collection are listed on this web site and also on various other online sites such as Amazon and ABEbooks.  The books listed in this online collection can be purchased directly from the store. 

Children's Items

Our children's book "castle" area is full of books for kids of all ages. We carry a wide array of Melissa & Doug wooden puzzles and toys. There are many Folkmanis puppets for the young and young at heart! Puzzles and games too!

Free Parking 

74 E. State St.
Located near the intersection of East State Street and Stimson Ave.
Free parking along the side of the store on Fern Alley.


Hours of Operation

Hours:   10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday

noon - 5 p.m. Sunday

extended hours Friday and Saturday,

in December. Call store for details.

Book Trading

Athens Book Center allows you to bring your books in and trade for more used books. We put a resale value on the book (usually half the cover price or what it is selling for now on the internet) and you get approximately 1/3 of that value in book credit. When you are buying used books with credit, 3/4 is taken off the credit, the rest is paid for by cash or credit.  Some books are not accepted for trading such as hardback fiction (unless a very popular author), sets of encyclopedias, and books in very poor condition. We only pay cash for some current college textbooks. 


Our store helps promote reading and that books are important. Bring your class by for a visit as part of a reading field trip! Give us a call and we can work on making your class visit a good one. And remember, if you are using your money for classroom books (and what teacher doesn't?) we give you a discount to help out.

The Athens Book Center 
is a testament to the vision and spirit of
Jean J. Stephens.
We strive to continue to serve
the readers of this area
as Jean would have wished.

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Please write to athensbookcenter@gmail.com
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