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Subterranean Books

6271 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO 63130
Subterranean Books

We opened in October 2000, focusing on the independent book store best sellers, a diverse fiction collection, children’s books, history, and anything else we think is really interesting.

Our big categories are literature, music, film, pop culture, children’s, cultural studies, history… Our smaller (but no less important) include religion, crafts, science, nature, cookbooks, gardening, travel…

Accepts Credit Cards, Dog Friendly, Good for Groups, Kid Friendly, No Smoking, Outdoor Seating, Sells Gift Cards, Wheelchair Accessible

The entire staff has input on what we stock, so the store is always evolving and improving. We listen to our customers, as well, eavesdropping on what books they’re talking about. We listen to the radio, read newspapers, magazines, blogs—we’re always looking for tips on what’s out there and what our customers might like.

If we don’t have something in stock we can always order it for you—either here through our website or in-store.

We also have a free frequent buyer program. We’ve always had it—since day one back in October of 2000—and it’s always been important to us. We know you have many options about where you can buy books and we really really appreciate that you chose us. The buyer program is free to sign up for and takes just moments while you’re in the store. We’ll need your name, zip code, and the last four digits of your phone number. Then every time you check out we’ll ring your sales under your account and after you’ve bought 10 books (or shirts, or magazines, or stickers) the computer will average out what you’ve spent and apply that average as a store credit. And it does it all automatically. There’s no carrying of a card or remembering where you’re at. (Although we can easily look up your account to tell you how close you are.)

We’re a tiny staff of 6 and woman-owned, and we’re all avid readers and are always excited to make recommendations, talk about what you just read—that you just hated or that you think absolutely everyone should read, and take it as a personal affront if we’re not able to figure out what that book was that you heard about on NPR two weeks ago that had something about family and Africa in the title. Seriously. We LOVE those challenges.

So, thanks for checking us out. And please come back.

Opening Hours
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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