About us

Downtown Books is a 'sister' store that opened in downtown Manteo on March 15, 2012. Our home on Sir Walter Raleigh Street, one block from the waterfront. Many people remember our location as the site- for almost thirty years- of Manteo Booksellers, owned by bibliophile Steve Brumfield. Unfortunately, in August of 2011, the eye of Hurricane Irene came straight up our Sounds unleashing a devastating surge of water that swept into many sound side communities, including Manteo. While this was the end of a legendary bookstore, for us it was a new beginning and we were pleased to have the opportunity to return a local, independent bookstore to Roanoke Island. Downtown Books is owned Jamie Anderson, who has been the book buyer and bookstore manager for Duck's Cottage Coffee & Books since it opened.

In Manteo we have a lot more space for a lot more books- all still hand chosen. Genres include fiction and non-fiction, a large Outer Banks and local section, children's and young adult, graphic novels, cookbooks and a few small specialty genres like reference and foreign language. A discriminating selection of gently pre-read (used) books is also featured- perfect for beach reading! We carry a large variety of unique greeting cards, boxed notes, journals, calendars and pens. In the Toy Room you'll find an incredible selection of Melissa and Doug toys. From puzzles to puppets, wooden toys to art supplies we have something for every child in your life! No trip to Downtown Books is complete without a signature mug, t-shirt or tote bag.

Downtown Books is located in downtown Manteo on beautiful Roanoke Island. From the East, take the 158 Bypass to Whalebone Junction and bear right following the signs for Manteo/Roanoke Island. After the BIG bridge, go the second traffic light (a four way intersection) and turn right. Go approximately 1.3 miles to the second stoplight and turn right onto Sir Walter Raleigh Street. In two and half blocks, we will be on the left just past Ortega'z Restaurant at 105 Sir Walter Raleigh. From the West, follow 64/264 across the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge onto the island. At the first stoplight- Midway intersection- turn left and follow the directions above.


Open Monday through Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sundays 11am - 4pm
and First Fridays til 8pm (April through October, and December)
Our street address is 105 Sir Walter Raleigh Street, Manteo NC 27954.


We get mail at PO Box 159, Manteo, NC 27954
Call us... 252-473-1056
Fax us... 252-473-1814


In both locations, we strive to provide Duck's Cottage patrons with the best service around. We are here to help make your vacation experience... your reading pleasure.. or just your day!.. the best it can possibly be. Thank you for shopping with us here online and for supporting an independent bookstore!