Our Store History

Welcome to Dragonfly Books - your local independent bookstore!

We're located in scenic downtown Decorah at 112 W. Water Street, between the Hotel Winneshiek and Bank of the West.  Stop in for a visit; while you're here, check out our assortment of staff picks, bestsellers, local-interest favorites and book-related gifts.

We look forward to seeing you soon!!


Contact us at: 563-382-4275 or info@dragonflybooks.com 

NOTE:  We are an independent retail bookstore, and not a publisher.  We do not provide desk copies of books. 

Dragonfly Books 

Our Store


Dragonfly Books is a family owned bookstore.  We opened our doors in February, 2011.  We celebrate our store anniversary each year on the first day of spring, March 20th.

Customer service plays a big role at Dragonfly Books: if you don’t see a title that you are looking for, we will do our best to track it down for you.

Watch a Video about Dragonfly Books

Drew DeSotel, a Luther College student, created this video of the store shortly after we opened in February, 2011:
 The Dragonfly

The Dragonfly Motif

Many people have asked where the name, Dragonfly Books, came from.   The dragonfly motif is a common motif in the Arts & Craft and mission style.  The symbolism, as stated by The Roycroft Copper Shop, is:
The Dragonfly's brilliant colors, when refracted from sunlight, are symbolic of "seeing the light", a way of encouraging one to reach for their full potential in all their endeavors. It symbolizes strength, courage, happiness and renewal after a great hardship.

We thought this was fitting as we embarked on the new adventure of bringing a bookstore to the Decorah area.


Inside the Store


In the News

Decorah Newspapers: "New Bookstore in Decorah a Dream Come True" by Julie Berg-Raymond - 2/17/2011

Decorahnews.com: "Dragonfly Books opens in downtown Decorah" by Bob Felde - 2/17/2011

Publisher's Weekly:  "New Indie Opens" by Claire Kirch - 2/7/2011

Publisher's Weekly: "In the Heart of the Matter" by Claire Kirch - 2/7/2011


Dragonfly Books Staff

The Staff


Rachel, Kate and Sarah,
the book loving staff at Dragonfly Books.

See some of our favorite books in the Staff Favorites section.


About Decorah

Decorah -- "One of the Midwest's top 100 Small Town Getaways" Midwest Living Magazine

A fun video "Hey There, Decorah" done a few years ago, before Dragonfly Books opened. 

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