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This Just In

Welcome to Brain Lair Books Online!

New Customer?

Thanks for choosing Brain Lair Books!

The search bar and shopping cart are underneath the menu.

Important Menu Items

My Account - you need an account to buy books. When you first create your account, It will say your password is wrong, but it really just wants you to click reset it. You will receive an email. Click the link and then change your password. Yes, it’s weird because you haven’t created a password. I apologize in advance. .

Staff Created Book Lists - here you’ll find topical lists that we put together. Right now we add 1 or 2 a month but hope to increase our frequency.

The Sidebars

Here you can find our upcoming events, e-gift card, donation button (hint, hint), what I’m reading, what I’ve recently read, Brain Lair Swag, and soon our pre-order specials.

Browse Books (right sidebar) - this is a topical list that will help you find new books to read or gift.

Need help? Text us at 574-400-5572 and we will try to assist you. You can also email us at


Been Here Before?

Welcome back!  Have you tried our "Books Curated by You” feature? 

Click “Discover Books” in the menu and then click “Books Curated By You”.   

On this page, you can choose children, young adults, fiction, nonfiction. You will then leave this Brain Lair Books Online site and go to our recommendation site.

On the recommendation site, you can search for books, find books similar to ones you know by title or by author. You can put books in your cart. When you are finished, click the cart and you will return to Brain Lair Books Online.


Gift Cards

Need to purchase a gift card? We offer electronic and physical cards.

E-Gift Card - This could take up to an hour for us to process.

Physical - we will mail this to the recipient. We will email you to verify that you intended to order a physical gift card.


Local Pickup

We are happy to provide local pickup service. Please be advised, it can take anywhere from 7 - 15 days for us to get the books in, longer if the book is out to stock. 

If you need the book quickly, ground shipping directly to you is faster.  But, if you don't mind the wait, we got you!


Happy Shopping! Thank you for your support!


Upcoming Releases

Tulsa Race Massacre

Spring Into Poetry

Engaging With The Environment

Weekly Top Sellers

At Purple Porch Food Co-op

Lucy, Age 10

I love The Brain Lair Bookstore! As an avid reader, I've been eating up books since a young age, but many have had similar storylines and perspectives. I couldn't believe how many diverse stories could live in one small bookstore! I spend my allowance every month on new releases, and eagerly await each new book. I am grateful to be part of a Mock Newberry book group that meets each month at the store. Not only has this introduced me to many new books and authors, I've also learned about how the Newbery Award Selection Committee operates. I've also had wonderful opportunities to meet some of my favorite authors, especially Kwame Alexander. 

This bookstore had changed my life. My mom says that's a dramatic statement, but it's true. Because now I see the world through the eyes of so many perspectives different from my own.

Christina C

One of the things we most appreciate about owner Kathy Burnette is her expertise, honesty, and dialogue. My girls look forward to talking books with Kathy, knowing that she will treat them as equals, listening, debating, and critically engaging with the books. In doing so, Kathy has taught my girls how to read with a critical eye, interrogating characters, plots, and themes in a rigorous way. At the same time, Kathy never loses sight of the joy of reading, and is an amazing model of the reading life to them as well.