Full Circle Books survives e-book boom, pandemic to celebrate 50 years

The book shelves are pictured the Full Circle Bookstore is pictured in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, June 7, 2022.

Although the familiar bright green building on the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Northwest Expressway looks quaint on the surface, inside 100,000 copies of books line the shelves, creating space for several reading nooks which allow customers to delve into one of the bookstore’s 60,000 titles.

Full Circle Bookstore, in 50 Penn Place, celebrated its 50-year anniversary on June 5, having survived changes in ownership, the growing popularity of online retailers and e-books, and a pandemic. But store manager Dana Meister said a lot has changed since their reopening in 1980.

“There’s nobody walking down the hall (of 50 Penn Place). And it was the place, you know?” Meister said. “So that’s a major change. We don’t have any foot traffic to speak of.”

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