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Located in Midtown Oklahoma City, Commonplace Books is a gathering spot for people who want to lead meaningful, thoughtful lives.


Our Story

Our shop was built by a group of friends who came together over a common dream to own a bookshop that was different from other booksellers. It was our hope that we could build a place where people could cultivate and share a lifelong relationship with books.

We specialize in building a flourishing environment for the life of the mind, and our shop bustles with the excitement of open minds and overflowing words. Our shop invites patrons to imagine, linger and question their world. We believe that books are a powerful medium to connect people to one another and spread ideas that matter.

Our selection is carefully curated and meticulously chosen to cast a wide net across time and cultures, while catching the attention of all ages and varied interests. We pride ourselves on having “something for everyone,” and our books are often picked with specific patrons in mind. Visit our shoppe and don’t see something you’re interested in? Simply ask!

Our Team

Ben Nockels
Dreamer. Doer.

Favorite Book: "Daring Greatly" by Brene Brown
Favorite Author: Anne Lamott
Currently Reading: "At the Strangers' Gate" by Adam Gopnik

Joe Carr
Achiever. Financier.

Favorite Book: "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens
Favorite Author: Charles Dickens
Currently Reading: "The Airbnb Story" by Leigh Gallagher

Nathan Carr
Restless. Heart.

Favorite Book: "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens
Favorite Author: Wendell Berry
Currently Reading: "Infinite Jest" by David Foster Wallace

Scott Johnson
Hickory. Wind.

Favorite Book: "The Book of the New Sun" by Gene Wolfe
Favorite Author: Walker Percy
Currently Reading: "The Left Hand of Darkness" by Ursula Le Guin

Still. Sleeping.

Favorite Book: "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck" by Mark Manson
Favorite Author: Charles Dickens (whose nickname was in fact, Boz)
Currently Reading: "Read This if You Want to Be Instagram Famous" by Henry Carroll


With hospitality, humility and heart at our core, our team brings a diverse knowledge and life experience to the shop, helping our patrons as trusted advisors and friends. It brings us immense joy to share quality recommendations that will enrich lives, encourage imagination and guide intellectual growth.

We’d love to hear from you.

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