About Us

River Lights is Dubuque’s locally owned independent bookstore.  A destination for independent thinkers.

On June 1st, 2007, River Lights Bookstore opened in a beautifully renovated historic downtown building at 1098 Main Street. The wooden floors and tin ceilings of this 1870’s building offer an inviting atmosphere in which to browse or connect with fellow booklovers.

River Lights is the kind of shop where the book you’ve just heard about on NPR, had recommended by a friend, or simply remembered years after reading, just happens to be on the shelf waiting. We are sure to have something you will enjoy. 

Our Children’s area is terrific! We personally choose every book and toy in the section so you are assured of the quality and appropriateness of every item. The RLB staff has a long tradition of caring about kids books and we take pride in getting the right book into the right hands.

We also offer reading accessories and a great selection of greeting cards, fair trade crafts, and fun gifts for bibliophiles.

Jitterz Coffee is just across the street – while you’re downtown get an excellent cup of organic coffee or tea to bring in and sip while you peruse.

Come in for a visit soon or browse our “online shelves” to place your order electronically. Check out our Staff Picks to see which book we would place in your hands if you were here in the store.

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