Welcome to Village Lights Bookstore!

Welcome to Village Lights Bookstore!

Shop with us online or, better yet, visit us in person. We are historic Madison, Indiana’s full-service independent bookstore. A locally-owned welcoming establishment, we offer a carefully curated selection of quality new and used books, rare and collectable books, letterpress books from Larkspur Press, special orders, gift cards, comfy chairs, courtesy coffee, wi-fi, bookbinding and restoration, an art gallery, author events, poetry readings, live music performances, a Steinway grand piano, and... Grrrrtrude Stein & Oliver O. Twist, the bookstore cats.


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COVID-19 Update

(September 23, 2021)

We are open for walk-in shopping or book order pickups, Tuesday through Thursday between the hours of 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm, Friday and Saturday from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. MASKS are REQUIRED, the Jefferson County Health Department currently recommends universal masking for all individuals in indoor public settings regardless of vaccination status.

For those who prefer an extra measure of safety, we are glad to provide pickup at our front door at any time during open hours or free local home delivery upon request.

In addition to ordering in person in the store, the following options remain in place…

  • If you live in Jefferson County, IN, or the Milton, KY area, you can call us at 812-265-1800 to order books and pre-pay with a credit card over the phone. We will call you when your items arrive. Then you can pick them up at curbside. If you feel that you would be at risk going out and about, we will personally deliver them, free of charge, to your doorstep. This saves shipping costs for you and for us.
  • If you live in Jefferson County, IN, or the Milton, KY area, you also have the option of browsing, searching, and ordering through this website for curbside pick-up or delivery to your doorstep (choose “Curbside Pick-up or Free Madison-area Delivery” at checkout), with no shipping charges incurred for you or for us. Again, we will call you when your items arrive. Then you can pick them up at curbside, or ask us to deliver them to your door, free of charge.
  • If you do not live in either of the above areas, you can order through this website with $1.99 shipping (choose "$1.99 Shipping" at checkout) or normal shipping (choose "Happy to pay full shipping!" at checkout to give us a little break) for delivery from our supplier via US Postal Service directly to your mailbox. (Please be advised that we cannot offer $1.99 shipping for books from Larkspur Press.)
  • Regardless of where you live, you can order audiobooks through this website.

We are deeply grateful for your support. Please keep those phone and online orders coming. They sustain us in these trying times.

Stay safe, be well, mask up, and keep on reading!


Protocols for In-Store Shopping

  • Masks are required, even for the fully vaccinated. It is difficult to maintain social distance while browsing in the confined spaces of a bookstore.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided at the sales counter.
  • Bookstore staff are fully vaccinated and will continue to wear masks and practice social distancing at all times.
  • The restroom is closed until further notice.
  • The second floor Reading Room/Event Space is closed until further notice.

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