Monday, June 11, 2012

Book Playground Alert - Milwaukee Airport

One of my fabulous finds

One of my pet peeves are airport book stores that only carry best sellers. The selection is too limited, although I recognize they have to maximize the space.  I recently happened upon a fabulous new and used book store in Milwaukee's own Mitchell International Airport – the Renaissance Book Shop. They've been selling books in this airport for more than 30 years and specialize in new, used and out of print books – including magazines and comic books.

It's a wonderful used book playground with wonderful old mystery and sci-fi paperbacks from the 1930s and 40s (love that), rows of fiction (lots of mystery), non-fiction and children's books.

This book store could entertain me for hours and is now officially my favorite airport bookstore in the world. You can find the Renaissance Book Shop just outside of the security area. If you love books, it's definitely worth a look - it's open 7:30 am – 10:00 pm daily.

They also have a great downtown location:

Renaissance Book Shop
834 N Plankinton
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Open 12-7 Monday – Friday, 12-5 Sat
(414) 271-6850

Fabulous old crime fiction paperbacks


  1. I loved this place too. It's the first time I've seen used books in a bookstore in an airport. What a fabulous concept. You scored some stellar books here.

  2. Wow, I love an old book store -- but is it downtown or is it really in the airport? What a find!

  3. @Karen - There are two locations - the one pictured above is in the airport. It's the largest airport book store I have seen. I didn't get photos of the one downtown.