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Illuminating the world through the magic of stories

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1503 US Hwy 395 N. Suite I

Gardnerville, NV 89410


Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm
​​Saturday: 11am - 4pm
​Closed Sunday


Phone: 775-782-5484



Luminary Books (formerly Shelby's Book Shoppe) is an independent used and new bookstore located in Gardnerville, Nevada, near the beautiful Lake Tahoe.


The shop was created in 2005 by founder Linda Finch, under the name Eddy St. Book Exchange.

The bookstore was purchased in September 2023 by Carson Valley native Marissa Mills, whose love of books has inspired her to cultivate and develop the shop to ensure that it flourishes far into the future. 





Our store is filled with gently loved and brand new books of all genres just waiting to be discovered by a new reader.

If you are local to Northern Nevada, you can stop by our retail location in Gardnerville and give shop dog Percy Jackson a belly rub while you're here.

Our inventory includes:

  • Limited selection of vintage books

  • Coffee table books

  • Children's books

  • Young Adult

  • Local Authors

  • Westerns

  • Science Fiction and Fantasy

  • Mystery Thrillers

  • Romance

  • Fiction titles & non-fiction titles

  • And more!

You never know what you’ll find in a used bookstore! New books arrive daily and it’s like a treasure hunt every time.


Our used book credit program is at the heart of what we do and allows us to keep our inventory fresh, diverse, and well-stocked.

We are currently accepting books on Tuesdays and Thursdays only.

We selectively accept gently-used paperback fiction and non-fiction, as well as selective hardcovers (think popular new releases within the last year or nonfiction) and like-new CD audiobooks.

Credit Rate

  • Paperbacks receive $.50 store credit each.

  • Hardcovers & audiobooks receive $1 store credit each.

  • New releases and bestsellers receive $1.50-$2.50 store credit each

Store credit may be redeemed on used books, and for half of an in-store purchase (not usable online)he remainder of the purchase must be paid by cash or credit/debit card. Any remaining store credit will be recorded and given to you to use later.
When choosing books to bring in, consider:

  • We sell all books brought in to us, so if they’re not in a condition you would buy, chances are neither would anyone else. We don’t sell water-damaged, stained, marked-up, or otherwise falling apart items.

  • Please make sure that all audiobook CDs are present.

  • We have a strict zero cigarette smoke policy.

  • Staff reserves the right to make final decisions on all books.

Thank you for bringing us your books!



"The dog is amazing!!!! He is so friendly and kind and you can feel the love radiating off his body. The prices are AMAZING and everything about the shop is splendid!!"

— Cynthia

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Curated Reading Lists


Our staff loves to help you find new books, authors, and themes to discover. Our lists will take you to our affiliate seller, Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores and Shelby’s receives a percentage of every sale made on their website. Explore our curated reading lists including:

  • Monthly reading lists

  • Banned Book 

  • A Year of Growth

  • The Indie Next List

  • New Year, New Goals

  • Youth Media Awards

Inspiring Live Events


Luminary Books is more than a book store. It is a community gathering space created to illuminate our daily lives and understanding of the world. 

Owner Marissa's background in theatre,, dance, art and events, combined with her lifelong love of books, means she is dedicated to promoting and supporting local arts and culture through the shop including:

  • Workshops

  • Book clubs

  • Dinners

  • Author signings

  • Pop-up markets

  • Concert series

  • Night at Luminary

Bespoke Book Stack Design


As a former floral designer, shop owner Bethany uses her design expertise and love for books to create stunning book stacks that bring texture and a literary touch to any space.

Collaborate with her to create the perfect themed book stack designed to fit your decor whether you are focused on a color palette, book size, or literary genre.  Stacks can also include rare and vintage books.

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