John K King Used & Rare Books

Used Bookstore
901 W Lafayette Blvd (at 5th St)
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-0622
9:30am - 5:30pm
9:30am - 5:30pm
9:30am - 5:30pm
9:30am - 5:30pm
9:30am - 5:30pm
9:30am - 5:30pm


  • Go to the original. Not the Ferndale knock off. If it's rainy, all the better. Hole up inside John King and explore until your literary heart is content. Start with the local history section.
  • John K. King houses a literal one million books! A book lovers paradise.
  • Look in every nook for hidden gems. #GRR2DET
  • Amazing bookstore with FOUR floors of used books. I could spend hours going through all the different sections of books here. Great views of downtown, and cool bookstore set-up (took lots of photos!).
  • Be prepared to be overwhelmed. It's a huge building with floors of books. Of course it's stuffy, old books+old building...but that makes ambiance, you really feel like you're in a huge attic.
  • Visit every floor. Keep your eyes peeled for ridiculously large Bibles. Buy a book or ten.
  • Awesome amount of books, but it was a little hot and stuffy and I couldn't get into my usual book store trance. I will try again in the fall and I'll have a list of books to look for.
  • A must visit for book lovers! So many books and a great selection
  • My favorite place in the entire world. Never leave there without at least five books in my arms. Wonderful staff and an excellent selection of books.
  • Giant book store. Overwhelming at first. Great place to get lost.
  • It has the best smell in the world! :)
  • Nice place to find old and used books
  • Great place for used books. But the kind of place you need to dedicate a lot of time to because of the large inventory.
  • the best place to dig for old hardcovers!
  • Great finds here.
  • If you like LOTS of used books to choose from, this is the place.
  • Far and away, the best bookstore in the state. If you have limited time, go in with a plan. If you have time to kill, there is more than enough to explore.
  • Huuuuge selection of books, however not too many modern Traveling guidebooks. Most of them are from 60-80s
  • This place is huge and can be overwhelming at first. Don't be afraid to ask staff for help.
  • Make sure to come with plenty of time to check things out

Nearby places

1300 Porter St (Brooklyn St.)
2200 W Lafayette Blvd (at 14th St)
5200 Woodward Ave (btwn E Kirby & Farnsworth)