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Special Announcement

Dear Friends of Prairie Lights,
Due to the rising Coronavirus cases in Johnson County and the recent national recommendation that we be particularly vigilant over the next 2-3 months, we will be temporarily suspending walk-in in-store shopping beginning Tuesday, January 19th.  We will still offer by-appointment-only shopping Monday through Saturday from 10am until 6pm.  Please call the store to reserve a space for yourself and/or members of your household.
For students, textbooks can be purchased to be picked up curbside, delivered free locally, or shipped outside of Iowa City/Coralville.
Phone and online ordering for curbside pick-up or free local delivery in Iowa City/Coralville will continue to be available 10am-6pm, Monday-Saturday.  For phone orders or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 319-337-2681. You can order online at www.prairielightsbooks.com  For Curbside Pick-up or Home Delivery, choose "Pick-up in Store" when you check out and put "Curbside Pick-Up" or "Home Delivery" comment field

We will also continue to offer free Media Mail shipping with a $50 purchase throughout the Continental US.

We appreciate the tremendous support we have received from you over the past ten months and look forward to opening fully when it feels safe.

We send our best wishes—From the staff of Prairie Lights


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

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.

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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