About Us

The Curious Book Shop

Curious Book Shop is a used and rare book store located in downtown East Lansing. Originally started in a basement in 1969, the store has since expanded to three floors of over 50,000 well-organized books, magazines, and other paper items.

We take great pride in supplying books to the community - everything from recent paperbacks to scarce antiquarian titles. Our staff members are knowledgeable and dedicated to good customer service. Shop specialties are science fiction, mystery, children's books, Michigan history, sports memorabilia, and old magazines of every variety. We invite you to stop by and browse.

Regular Hours:

10:00 AM to 7:00 PM  Monday - Saturday

12:00 PM to 5:00 PM  Sunday

Please note that we have switched to our winter hours, closing at 7 PM Monday through Saturday!

If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter, please email us at curiousbooks@gmail.com

Latest News


Yes, we periodically need to clear our shelves to make room for exciting new inventory, and this is one of those times. The stuff we already have out is great, but some of it's been here too long, and we've acquired thousands and thousands of new-to-the-shop books over the last month or two.

So our backlog is your gain! As is usual with our clearance sales, ALMOST EVERYTHING IS HALF-OFF. And anything that isn't half-off is 20% off, which is still awfully good. And our sister store, The Archives Book Shop, is running basically the same sale!

See the shop for full details. Sale runs until we've cleared enough space! We don't know when that will be, so don't delay. You don't want to miss a sale this good.

New inventory comes in constantly! And more of it than you'd probably think. Check back often to see what's new, or try emailing us if you're looking for something you just can't find.

New Arrivals

We have expanded our comics section! Even more. We've also added even more signed science fiction paperbacks, in time for the gift-giving season, and we've got a bunch of interesting new books in as well. We're constantly adding hundreds of items to our shelves.

Did you know you can now find NEW BOOKS at Curious? Our selection includes local authors, Michigan-specific titles, counter-culture titles, modern favorites (including John Green, Neil Gaiman, and Howard Zinn), and some of the latest new releases.

Book Shows


Classicon 49 is Saturday, June 18, 2016!

Classicon is a one-day Pulp, Paper, and Comic Book Show held twice a year. The show features pulp magazines and pulp-related items, including magazines, digests, paperbacks, comic books, pinups, original paperback art, posters, calendars, classic pin-up art, and more.

If you're interested in The Shadow, Doc Savage, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the X Men, Bettie Page, Marilyn Monroe, classic dime novels, classic science fiction . . . this show might be too good to miss!


Book Reviews

Some of Ray's book reviews can be found on our blog, where you can read the full review and browse others from the archive. Take a look!