Babbitt's Books is an independent bookstore located in downtown Normal. The store sells a wide variety of used books. The books are separated by hardback or paperback, and the physical quality of the books is good. There is both a large fiction and nonfiction section. Specific genres and topics are labelled on the shelves, and there is always assistance available if you are looking for a particular book or author. Books can be found to suit every interest and age. There is a smaller teen and children’s section besides the larger adult section. Map prints and rare or old books are also available for purchase. Signed copies and first editions of books can be found in the store. Prices for all goods are reasonable. Babbitt’s Books will also buy books if you are looking to sell. The selection of books found at Babbitt’s is hand-curated. There are always interesting titles to discover; this store is definitely worth a visit and great for browsing through. There are a couple of chairs in the store if you would like to sit and peruse a book for a while. Anyone with severe cat allergies should note that there is often a cat in the store as well.

The local business of Babbitt’s Books is a great treasure to explore. The atmosphere inside the shop is welcoming and cozy. An old-fashioned sign hangs outside. The proprietor of Babbitt’s Books is friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. He is willing to chat, give you book recommendations, and discuss literary news. A wonderful local aesthetic surrounds the small store.

Babbitt’s Books is situated in a prime location and is easy to find. Only a few blocks from the ISU campus, Babbitt’s Books is on a picturesque, shopping-filled street. It is also very near the Amtrack train station. There are several coffee shops in the vicinity, one being right across the street. There are also restaurants lining the street and other local, independent businesses. Babbitt’s Books makes an excellent stop if you are looking for a gift, searching for new, distinctive reading material, or if you have a few minutes to kill. You are sure to find a unique read every time you enter Babbitt’s Books, and it is a fine establishment to support.


119 E Beaufort St, Normal, IL 61761                    


Monday - Saturday 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday 12 noon - 4 pm 


(309) 454-7393