The interior of the Pioneer Bookshop showing merchandise

Grinnell College Pioneer Bookshop

The Official Bookstore for Grinnell College

Located in historic downtown Grinnell, Iowa. You may visit our store in person or shop in our online store. You can choose to have us ship to your home, deliver to the campus mailroom, or you can pick up your purchase in person.

For specials and announcements, watch our Facebook page and Instagram.

Visit the Pioneer Bookshop online.

The College’s Bookstore

The Pioneer Bookshop is the official bookstore for Grinnell College. We feature Grinnell College clothing, school and office supplies, art supplies, consumer electronics, greeting cards, and gifts. It is the most reliable source to buy new, used, and digital textbooks. The bookshop also offers a wide selection of fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books and toys. We take special orders for books and don’t charge shipping fees.

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Our reading groups are:

Headshot of author Elizabeth Shakelford

Author Elizabeth Shackelford to speak at the Pioneer Bookshop on Dec. 1, 2022 at 7 p.m. She will read from her book The Dissent Channel: American Diplomacy in a Dishonest Age and then be available to sign copies. Shackelford is a senior fellow in U.S. foreign policy with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. She was a career diplomat with the U.S. Department of State in South Sudan during the outbreak of civil war in 2013. She received the Barbara Watson Award for Consular Excellence, the department’s highest honor.

Department Information


Pioneer Bookshop
933 Main Street
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States


Regular Hours: 

  • Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Sunday: closed

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