Union Ave Books in Downtown Knoxville

One of the greatest pleasures in life is reading a good book. And one of the best places to buy a good book is from a locally-owned bookstore. Experience the joy of Union Ave Books today.

Union Ave Books

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Quick Summary of Union Ave Books

Union Ave Books is a comfortable place for downtown dwellers and out of town visitors to browse, sip their coffee, and soak up the peaceful ambiance that only a bookstore can deliver.

The locally-owned bookstore offers hand-selected new and used books as well as decorative arts and gifts for all occasions. Union Ave Books is a joy for people of all ages and backgrounds. Their friendly and knowledgable staff is service-oriented and they strive to provide each customer with a one-of-a-kind bookstore experience.

When you shop at independent bookstores like Union Ave Books, you benefit from an unmatched bookstore experience and you support the local community. Visit them today, meet ‘Scout the Shop Dog’, and experience the joy for yourself.

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About Union Ave Books

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Since 2011, Union Ave Books has been a staple in downtown Knoxville. They are conveniently located at 517 Union Avenue, in The Daylight Building, just two blocks from Market Square.

Thousands of people of all ages have walked through the doors of Union Ave Books and proclaimed it to be their neighborhood bookstore. Delighted by the peaceful atmosphere, friendly staff, and a wide selection of books … Union Ave Books is a must-have experience for anyone visiting or living in downtown Knoxville.

Many things distinguish this family-owned bookstore from national bookstores, but one thing stands out. They are booksellers. They’re dedicated to helping you find just the right book for you or a loved one on your shopping list. The booksellers are happy and ready to suggest reading material from their well-curated selection of books for all ages.

“We believe an independent bookstore is essential to the vibrancy of our community, and we’re proud members of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and the American Booksellers Association,” said Charlie Thomas, a bookseller at Union Ave Books since it opened in 2011.”


Visit Union Ave Books today and tell them that KnoxvillePage sent you. Who knows … they may just grace you with a small discount on your order.

- 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Business Hours

Monday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Union Ave Books Special Offers & Events

Loyalty Cards

For their frequent customers, Union Ave Books created a new Loyalty Program! When you purchase 10 items priced at $15 or more, you will receive a $15 gift card. It’s their way of saying thank you for supporting a local family-owned bookstore.

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Hot off the Press

Stop by Union Ave Books today to pick up their newsletter. It has photos of special events, staff, customers, and Scout the Shop Dog enjoying their bookstore experience. It also has articles about upcoming events and new book releases.

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Special Events

Each month Union Ave Books host special events at their downtown location. Come meet your friends and people like you who love to be enlightened by a good book. Also consider joining one of their book groups for even more social fun.

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Union Ave Books Facebook Posts & Google Reviews

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2 weeks ago

Union Ave Books

Blind Date with a Book is BACK. Just in time for Valentine’s Day! @ Union Ave Books ... See MoreSee Less

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I love that you also get a Bran Rogers Art original when you buy the book!

Are they all priced the same?

My favorite time of the year!!!!

Oh, ER McCutchberg and Lisa Higginbotham, we were just talking about this yesterday!

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1 month ago

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Congratulations to Literacy Hero Flossie McNabb Sonneland! Knoxville is so lucky to have you.Today's Literacy Hero is Flossie McNabb Sonneland, owner of Union Ave Books in Knoxville.

To vote for Flossie as the 2020 Champion of Literacy, click here:


An East Tennessee resident and former English instructor, Flossie has been a life-long advocate for reading and equitable access to books and literacy. Her passionate commitment makes Flossie a Literacy Hero. Her bookselling career started at Davis-Kidd, where she worked until it closed. She opened Carpe Librum Booksellers in Bearden in 2005, then Union Ave Books downtown in 2011. In her dedication to ensuring that Knoxville has a great independent bookstore, Flossie has created a space that inspires wonder, invites visitors to support local and lesser-known authors, and builds community among readers.

All Literacy Heroes will be recognized at the April 3 Friends of Literacy Luau. The Hero who brings in the most donations for the literacy programs at FOL will be crowned the 2020 Champion of Literacy.
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Congratulations to Literacy Hero Flossie McNabb Sonneland! Knoxville is so lucky to have you.

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Yay! Congratulations Flossie....you so deserve this wonderful honor!

Congratulations Flossie! A well deserved honor.

Yay, Flossie! You’re So deserving of this award! Awesome!

Congratulations Flossie. Well deserved!

Congratulations, Florence!!!♥️

SCOUT: Honorary Literacy Hero of the Day!! FLOSSIE: You make us proud!!

Congratulations to you, Flossie!

Congratulations!! <3

best person in bookstores ever!

Yea Flossie! You deserve it and so does Scout

Excellent! Congrats Flossie McNabb Sonneland!!! You and your bookstore are a treasure. AND this photo is precious.💜

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3 months ago

Union Ave Books

Happy Small Business Saturday! We are thankful for reading and YOU. Everything is 10% off today! Come grab a snack and get started on your holiday shopping. 🍪📚❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

Happy Small Business Saturday! We are thankful for reading and YOU. Everything is 10% off today! Come grab a snack and get started on your holiday shopping. 🍪📚❤️

4 months ago

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If you are excited for halloween season like us, you need to stop by and check out our new window decorations here at Union Ave Boooooks 🕸🕷🦇🎃💀👻
Luckily we have @branrogersart and @majesticbirdyart to help make our store a little more spooky!
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5 months ago

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Awesome bookstore, owners and Scout the Havanese

Ditto to above comment!!

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Union Ave Books

It not only has books, but also little knock knacks scattered I'm between. It's very cozy, and has the feel of a bookstore. 10/10 would go again 😁
Always 5 stars. Always great customer service and suggestions. Always great books. This place is a true asset to downtown Knoxville. I go here every chance I get. And it's always just as pleasant as the time before. It's a really great place to explore local authors.
Charming, eclectic, well-stocked downtown bookstore. It's a gem worthy of your time. And as a bonus, they have a wide array of novelty gifts and locally sourced greeting cards (some are sweet & some are just edgy enough).
Probably the best in Knoxville, but 4 stars due to middling size of inventory. However, inventory does have good variety. Staff is very helpful and knowledgeable.
Family owned. Very cute. Great selection of books and gifts.

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