Located in the heart of Downtown South Bend, Idle Hours Bookshop is a real gift to book lovers everywhere. Lose yourself for an hour or two in the magical world of books—whether it’s history that you’re passionate about, or maybe it’s romance, fiction, religious topics, or who knows, you just may discover one of those hidden gems that we’re known for, tucked away in a corner somewhere. You’ll find what you’re looking for and, we can almost guarantee, some treasures will find you. Originally started as Jefferson Street Books in 1998, Idle Hours quickly outgrew its original location before moving to 212 S. Michigan Street, where it still calls home. Locally owned and family operated! Stop in today and enjoy our passion for books.



We have several subjects more than you can possibly imagine. We range from Fiction to Non-Fiction with an emphasis on certain categories such as History, Art, Religions, Notre Dame, Irish History and much, much, more!