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We have both books & nectar of the gods ... coffee! Along with the best conversation no money can buy - Come in today and enjoy us live & in person

Oh, No! No Inventory Update

UPDATE on updating our in-store inventory, so that you can see online just what we have or can get for you: 
Our work-around is sporadic at best and what you see as "in stock" may not be and vice versa.
The only reliable information is that if the status is: "hard to find," that book really is really hard to get (at a reasonable price)!

Please give us a call 815-285-2665 or write us if you need additional help.
We thank you for your patience.

In the News

Books on First has witnessed a lot of press over the years, but mainly because of our Very Important Patrons.  Keep on coming in.  Keep on being informed.  Keep on voicing your opinions.  That's what being a bookstore/coffeehouse is all about (besides selling you a book).

What is Books on First? Dunphy Discusses Downtown "Destination" , Community Spotlight: Books on First 

And the face of Books on First for over 21 years   Where's Larry? , Bookstore Owner Gone at 81, A renaissance man ... , Tribute to Lawrence Joseph Dunphy

Books on First supports the Arts as well as Tradition with Windows at Christmas Walk Time

Witness: Small-town Trump Voters Stick with the President

Witness: Chicago Tribune Visits Ronald Reagan's Hometown Upon the Inauguration of Donald J. Trump 

Special Pre-Release Visit: Before His One-Man Show at the Historic Dixon Theatre, Actor Ed Asner Comes to Books on First to Talk About His Yet-to-Be-Released Book

Special Dixonites Include Others Besides Ronald Reagan: Carolynn Brooks Returns to #PUSH "Persevere Until Something Happens"

Witness: She's All the Talk -- How Did Rita Crundwell Steal $53 million from Her Hometown of Dixon, Illinois?

Witness: Shop Small Saturday is Big at Books on First

Welcome, Bryce Austin & : Cyber Security Expert Has a New Book to Help the Non-Techie

More on our Resident Artiste Sydni Reubin: Dixon Watercolor Artist Taps into Her Creativity ,you can find her artwork in several local businesses downtown Dixon

Witness: Dixon's Sister Cities Association includes Herzberg, Germany, Which Has Allowed a Police Officer to Spend Some Time with Us

Witness: Everyone can use a PAL 

Witness: We have the Best Pass-the-Hat Live Entertainment in Sauk Valley Every Saturday Night 7-9pm  See our Events Page for more information. 

Witness: Spratt Brothers Head to DC on 48th Honor Flight 

Witness: Dixon Arch Celebrates Centennial  

Books on First encourages entrepreneurship 

Witness: Author! Author! Challenges of Disabled Children Focus of New Book by Dixon Native


You know where we are: 202 West First Street, Dixon, IL  61021

You can also visit Carolyn's blog ( which she occasionally updates with more Books on First, Dixon and literary news.