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Special Announcement

UPDATE 05/23/20

We are once again offering curbside pick-up. We are still offering free delivery in Iowa City/Coralville and mail order. For Home Delivery & Curbside Pick-up, choose "Pick-up in Store" when you check out and put "Home Delivery" or "Curbside Pick-up" comment field

Update 03/26/20

In accordance with the Governor's mandate, Prairie Lights is closed and has been for a week. But we are here - legally - answering phone calls to fill orders for free local delivery. We're here 10 AM - 6 PM Monday through Saturday. Or, you can order on our website:   www.prairielightsbooks.com

Dear Friends of Prairie Lights,

Due to concern over Coronavirus, we are closed for in-store shopping and the café is closed.

During this difficult time we want to help all of you get the books you are looking for.   We'll be here from 10am - 6pm Monday through Saturday. We are offering home delivery in the Iowa City/Coralville area. You can call us at 319-337-2681 to arrange for that, or you can order online at www.prairielightsbooks.com  For Home Delivery, choose "Pick-up in Store" when you check out and put "Home Delivery" comment field.

For those living outside the Iowa City/Coralville area, we can ship to you. Media Mail shipping in the lower 48 is free with orders of $50.00 or more.

We thank you for your ongoing  support of Prairie Lights through this difficult time.  We believe that books are a great comfort now and are  glad to make personal recommendations at any time.

Prairie Lights Gift Certificates

Prairie Lights Gift Certificates make great gifts. Call us at 1-800-295-2665 to order or buy gift certificates online here.

Order textbooks for courses at the University of Iowa for home delivery or in store pick-up.

A selection of books, posters, dvds and more of local intertest 



Unique Prairie Lights merchandise - book bags, umbrellas and mugs


Limited edition letterpress poetry broadsides available from Prairie Lights Books


Please note that the website database does not necessarily reflect the in store availability. If you wish to check actual in store stock, please call 337-2681 or 1-800-295-BOOK (2665) during store hours.

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