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Selling Books Since 1973

Welcome to Island Books. We are the only independent bookstore proudly serving Mercer Island for over 45 years.

Our store has a special atmosphere, where booksellers remember who you are and the kind of books you read. We may not be big, but everything inside is hand-selected with care, including cards, gifts, games, toys, locally-made chocolates and most importantly, the titles we personally know and love. We wrap your presents with a bow and ship them anywhere in the United States.

Mercer Island is a great place for families and children, and Island Books reflects that with its magical children's section and playhouse. We host weekly morning storybook corners and monthly PJ story times. Every year we host book fairs for all the local schools and donate 20% of the proceeds. Countless children have grown up in our aisles and now bring their grandchildren.

We pride ourselves on being a community gathering place. Beside story times, our schedule is filled with monthly book clubs, author events, and more. You'll find cozy chairs, old typewriters, bulletin boards, and good friends around every corner. If you can't visit in person, browse our website. You can check out what we're reading and raving about, email us, sign up for our acclaimed blog and monthly eNewsletter, follow us on social media, and order books to be picked up at the store or mailed to your home.

A love for books, bookstores, and reading runs deep in our community, and anyone who claims these passions are dead hasn't spent enough time in our store. The conversations, the return customers, even the numbers demonstrate that the love affair will endure.

We look forward to seeing you!

Laurie Raisys
Owner and Bookseller

Please read about our COVID-19 safeguards and adaptations

A Note About Shipping and Returns

Our longtime customers know that we provided free shipping in the past, but the price of business during COVID-19 has put extra stresses on our postage budget.  Unfortunately, we can no longer offer free shipping and will be charging a minimum of $4.50 for book rate (USPS media mail) shipments.

That said:

  • We will continue to offer free delivery on Mercer Island for books purchased online or in the store. 
  • You can order online for in-store pickup—that's still free! 

Also please note:  

  • Non-book items do not qualify for USPS Media Mail shipping.  
  • If you need your items faster, you may choose US Priority Shipping with a minimum fee of $9.95. 

As for returns, we're happy to exchange or issue a refund on returned merchandise with your accompanying receipt, as long as the item is something we've sold within the last year. Web orders and other shipments must be physically returned to us before a credit will be made.  Please see our complete website return policy. 

eBook and audio sales are final and nonrefundable.