Locally Owned New & Used Bookstore and Paperback Exchange in Erie, PA
* Store Hours: Mon.- Fri. 10 to 5:30 / Saturday 10 to 4 / Closed Sundays *

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Have a look at what's happening in our store! See the Events section for full details.

Keep an eye out for more information on our Fall 2015 Book Lovers Bus Trip to Cleveland!

Wednesday, August 26th - Werner Book Club discusses Stella Bain by Anita Shreve

Wednesday, September 30th - Werner Book Club discusses Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor

Wednesday, October 28th - Werner Book Club discusses Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown



Attention Independent Authors - Werner Books Policy Change
We have changed our policy concerning independently published books in our store. Please read the PDF link below
to view Werner Books' new Independent Author Policy. Technology has made publishing easier, often without traditional
professional editing, proofreading, and evaluation of marketing and distribution. Consequently, the number of books we
are asked to consider for our shelves has risen dramatically. No bookstore can carry every published title, whether
from a major publisher’s list or self-published by a local author. Many factors influence booksellers’ decisions; of
the most importance is whether the book will sell at this store and to our customers.

Read more here: Independent Author Policy PDF



Werner Books once again buys textbooks!
Bring your college textbooks in to see how much cash they're worth. Prices are determined by date and demand.
Not all textbooks will be accepted. We do not sell college textbooks - they are sent off after the buyback.
*Please be prepared with your college ID or driver's license when bringing in textbooks.
Note: We do not sell textbooks.


About Us

Werner Books is an independently owned, community minded new and used bookstore that opened its doors in Erie in the fall of 2010.
This is the second time around for the owner Gayle Werner who previously owned Tattered Corners in Meadville, Pennsylvania.
Having relocated to Erie three years ago, she sold that store, took a year off and decided it was time to open another book store.
We carry a large assortment of new children's books, popular bestsellers and favorites - we have a lot of everything!
We also host local author events, free story time and book group discussions. Keep an eye on our Events page for more!

Paperback Exchange Program

A majority of our business is from customers who utilize our paperback exchange program. Please visit our
Exchange Policy section to see the details of our policy as well as the kinds of books we're interested in.

Special Orders

We stock most current bestselling books. If we do not have the new book you are looking for it can generally be here in 1-2 days.
No shipping charges! If you have a special order inquiry or request, visit the Special Orders section of our website.

Out of Print Searches

Our experienced staff can locate most any out of print book. Have a favorite childhood book you would like to own again?
Can't remember the exact title? Give us a call and we will gladly help you to reconnect with that book.

Buying Books

We typically don't pay cash for books but we do give store credit so you can purchase other great books. If you are moving,
or just want cash and your books are something that we think we can resell, we will pay you cash.
For such inquiries, please call ahead to schedule an appointment and speak with Gayle.