Our Story

We are local, with a universal scope.
We have cozy chairs and expansive ideas.
We’re smart but not stuffy.
We’re classic with a funky New Bohemia kick.


New Bo Books, your locally-owned, independent bookstore, was established summer 2012.
Drop in to enjoy a carefully curated collection, to explore books that are the latest award winners, the classics, your childhood favorites, books from which you can learn, and books that delight and entertain you.

Our unique location within the CSPS Hall in historic New Bohemia, respects the legacy of the Czech immigrants who built this jewel of a community center in 1890. The neighborhood and our building have emerged with new life after the floods of 2008. We are proud and excited to join our neighbors in the creation of a fun, and pedestrian-friendly arts and entertainment district.

We have a cooperative relationship with Iowa City’s iconic independent bookstore, Prairie Lights. We share inventory, which means that any book you might desire from their much larger collection can be in our store in a day or two.

And remember, this bookstore is your creation too! Give us your suggestions for books, authors, and events. Join us for great book discussions and author readings.

“Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.” - Henry David Thoreau