I should be honest and upfront here. I don't like going downtown unless I absolutely have to. It can be a real exercise in patience to shop downtown but I DO make the trip when I am looking for a certain book or when I need the ambiance of a small, homey bookstore. Prairie Lights does both of those things....it is small, friendly and it has a wonderful selection of books, many which you would have a hard time finding elsewhere in Iowa City. Book readings, visiting authors and other events are planned throughout the year so check in often to see if anything or anyone) interests you.
Conveniently located on 15 South Dubuque Street, this is another store that is an easy walk from campus. In fact, I would suggest to all who are interested in this bookstore that they do walk, parking can be a bear at the best of times in downtown Iowa City and a nightmare when the students are here in full force!
Give this bookstore a try, you won't be sorry.....it's a great addition to downtown Iowa City!