About Us

Panoramic photo of the inside of Underground Books, from steps down to the book arch


Underground Books
102 Alabama St.
Carrollton, GA 30117


We are open 11am to 6pm, 7 days a week

Or, Shop Online with us 24/7:


The Brick & Mortar Bookstore

You're sure to find the magic of books just a few steps down a staircase from a bustling street in a quaint downtown in Georgia, where a hundred-year-old basement holds an archway made of books and shelves full of stories ready to enchant you.. Underground Books is a charmingly eccentric bookshop actually located underground, several steps below street level in historic downtown Carrollton, Georgia.


Our Mission

Our mission is to foster a more literate and free-thinking West Georgia and to nurture the next generation of book lovers and collectors.



Our online store is intended as a space to highlight our more uncommon and rare books for a wider audience than the foot traffic we get on Adamson Square. Our online inventory is housed off site. If you are a local customer and would like to see an item from our website, please contact us, and we would be pleased to transfer the item to the shop for your viewing or purchasing convenience. A note about international shipping: we no longer offer international shipping through UndergroundBooks.net, however all of our books and ephemera are available for international orders through Biblio.com and eBay, both of which have excellent, secure, and supported international shipping at a time when delays, both in route and in customs, are increasing. Thank you for your understanding.


Hills & Hamlets BookshopA pair of comfy chairs surrounded by bookshelves

In September of 2016, our sister store, Hills & Hamlets Bookshop, opened its doors in the nearby community of Serenbe. Located in the Atlanta metropolitan area within gorgeously rural Chattahoochee Hill Country, Serenbe is a New Urbanist community focused on the arts, agriculture, health & wellbeing, and education. With sections representing each of Serenbe's principles and the fiction, children's, and popular titles that make an indie bookstore great, Hills & Hamlets Bookshop offers a charming literary, intellectual, and cultural experience. 


Megan and Josh smiling under an archway made of books

Josh Niesse & Megan Bell, Owners

Josh and Megan met just after Josh opened the shop in March of 2011, were married in May of 2014, and now operate their book business together. Josh graduated from Western Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a minor in religion. Megan earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature with a minor in creative writing from the University of West Georgia in 2013. Both Megan and Josh have attended the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar, Josh in 2011 on a scholarship from AbeBooks and Megan in 2014 on a scholarship from the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA).


Trade Associations

Underground Books, LLC is a proud and active member of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA), the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA), the American Booksellers Association (ABA), the Southern Independent Booksellers Association (SIBA), and the Georgia Antiquarian Booksellers Association (GABA).



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