One of the nation's largest independent bookstores... 

The Book Loft of German Village is located at 631 South Third Street in Columbus, Ohio, just a few blocks South of the state capitol building. The pre-Civil War era buildings that once were general stores, a saloon, and a nickelodeon cinema, now are home to 32 rooms of Bargain Books.

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Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions regarding our store and website. If you have a question that isn't answered here or need additional information please contact us.




What are your hours?

  • 10 AM to 11 PM 7 days a week. (Closed on Christmas and Thanksgiving)


Do you sell new books or used books?

  • We only sell new books. We do not sell used books.


Where do I park?

  • The Book Loft stretches a city block long and has two entrances, one at 631 South Third Street and one at 632 City Park Avenue. The Book Loft does not have any designated parking. However, German Village offers free two-hour street parking.


Do you limit capacity in your store?

  • For safety and comfort reasons, we maintain a limit on the number of visitors in the store at any given time. You can often expect a brief wait to get in if you arrive in the early afternoon during the weekend. For a more relaxed experience, we recommend visiting first thing in the morning, or later in the evening.


Is your store handicap accessible?

  • Because of the unique layout of our historic building and the zoning laws in the German Village historic district, there are lots of stairs in our store. If stairs are a challenge for you, we can open a door to provide easier access to rooms 26-32 (graphic novels, comic strips, holiday books, and children's books). Give us a call at 614-464-1774 and one of our booksellers will let you in the side door. Unfortunately it is not possible to skip the stairs to our fiction or nonfiction sections, but any titles that you are looking for can be retrieved for you by our staff.


How do authors get their books on your shelves or have a literary event in your store?




If I find a book on your site, does that mean it's currently in stock at your store?

  • Not necessarily. If your order is time sensitive, please call us to confirm availability.


I received a confirmation e-mail. Does this mean that my order is ready to be picked up or has been shipped?

  • No. This just means that we've received your order, you will be contacted when your order has shipped or is ready to be picked up.


When will I get my book(s)?

  • For in stock orders we strive to ship them within 7 business day and delivery time depends on the method of shipping selected. For orders with out of stock items, we will provide an estimated date of shipment.


What if I need to return something?

  • Please review our return policies and contact us with any further questions.


What forms of payment do you accept?

  • We accept credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express) and if you're picking up in store, you may pay in cash.


How can I check the status of my order?

  • Log in, select 'My Account' and Orders' a list of all orders and their current status is provided.





We want you to be happy with your purchase but understand that sometimes an item needs to be returned. Please review the return policies below and contact us with any questions.


  •  You may return or exchange any book or non-book item in its original condition for a full refund (excluding shipping cost) within 7 days of receiving your order. Non-Book items must also include all original tags and/or packaging.


  • Without a receipt/invoice, a return may be approved for exchange or store credit at the manager's discretion and only at the current value of the book. Please contact us for details.


  • For all returns/exchanges, the customer is responsible for costs of return shipping. We recommend you return your items using an insured and traceable method. We are not responsible for packages lost or damaged during the return transit.


  • Special order items that are not usually carried and have been ordered specifically at your request may not be returned.


  • If you receive your order and find an item to be missing, incorrect or damaged please contact the store within 7 days, so that we may address and resolve the issue as quickly as possible for you.