The Main Barn

The story behind the Barn...

In April 1988, The Book Barn opened for business in what is now called “The Main Barn.” At that time, the used bookstore consisted of a mere three bookcases, 800 books, and a yard sale couch.


An unfortunate fire in the antique store above the bookstore in 1990 destroyed nearly everything. With support from family and friends, we were able to reopen for business, new and improved, in April 1991.


In 1992, The Book Barn expanded into the upstairs of the Main Barn, and it seemed hard to believe we would ever fill all that space! That Christmas, we actually had a Christmas tree on the balcony.


When you are paying for your books, you can go to the Main Barn, where our cash register is located and where we accept all four major credit cards as well as cash and personal checks. There is another register down at the buying area, where you may pay for books using cash or a check but not credit cards.

You'll find these subjects on the Main Floor:

  • Architecture

  • Art History

  • Children Chapter Books (on porch)

  • Children Picture Books (outside porch)

  • Erotica

  • Espionage

  • Fine Art

  • Local Authors

You'll find these subjects on the 2nd Floor:

  • Addiction & Recovery

  • Aging 

  • Anthropology & Archaeology

  • Astrology

  • College Prep & Life​

  • Death & Grieving

  • Etiquette & Inspiration

  • Holistic Health

  • Medicine & Health

  • Men's Studies

  • New Age

  • Occult & Wicca

  • Psychology

  • Queer & Gender Studies

  • Self-Help

  • Sex & Sexuality

  • Sociology

  • Women's Studies & Feminism

  • Young Adult Literature

  • Young Adult Nonfiction

  • Military History

  • Photography

  • Staff Recommendations

You'll find these subjects in the Basement:

  • African-American Studies

  • American Biographies & Memoirs

  • Arthurian Legends

  • Classical & Ancient History

  • Local History

  • U.S. History

  • Wealth & Glamour

  • World History


Main Barn 860.739.5715

Downtown 860.691.8078

Chapter Three 860.739.0277



41 West Main St

Niantic, CT



Open Everyday of the Week,

11.00 a.m.

to 6.00 p.m.


We BUY books, all year, weather permitting: 11am-6pm

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Friendly, on-leash dogs are always welcome at the Main Barn and Chapter Three. (Downtown is pet-free and allergen-free).