About Us

North Hills
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road, Raleigh, NC  27609 


Quail Ridge Books is an independent bookstore with a friendly, knowledgeable staff dedicated to providing the best in customer service. Founded in 1984 by Nancy Olson, the store provides a wide variety of carefully selected books, events, discussion groups and town hall meetings. Owner Lisa Poole bought the store in 2013 and is dedicated to keeping it local!

Our Readers’ Club, at a low cost of $15 per year per household, offers discounts and special sales. Our community outreach includes fund raising and arranging for children’s authors to visit schools. QRB’s School & Institutional Sales Department provides excellent service and competitive discounts. Our Music Department specializes in classical and traditional music and presents a diverse program of free concerts.

We're in the North Hills Lassiter District, just a few doors down from Vivace and across Lassiter Mill Road from Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.


We're open Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Our Sunday hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

We are closed on: New Year's Day, the first Sunday of January (Inventory Day), Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

On the following days we are open 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.: New Year's Eve,  Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Halloween, Christmas Eve, and December 26.


Mapquest, Google Maps, and Yelp do show our new address and can be used to provide directions.

From the east or west on the  I-440 beltline:  take exit 8B (Six Forks Road). Exit and move toward the left two turn lanes. After about .3 mile from the exit, turn left onto Lassiter Mill at the light and make the next right into the parking lot.

From RDU airport: From RDU airport: take I-40 East and drive about 4.6 miles and take Exit 289 to Wade Avenue. In 2 miles, take the second I-440 exit (I-440 East/Hwy 1 North). In about 4.5 miles, take Exit 8B (Six Forks Road). Exit and move toward the left two turn lanes. After about .3 mile from the exit, turn left onto Lassiter Mill Road at the light. Take the second right into our parking lot. This is about a 20 minute drive.

  • Publishers' Weekly Bookseller of the Year
  • The Pannell Award for Excellence in Children's Bookselling
  • The Haslam Award for Excellence in Bookselling
Our Freedom of Speech Policy

Quail Ridge believes in freedom of speech and thought. We don’t take sides or take a stand on political issues, even those we may feel strongly about individually. Instead, we believe in providing a haven for constructive discussion and the free exchange of ideas, including those that may be controversial or distasteful to us or some of our customers.

Our shelves hold an array of titles containing ideas as diverse as the world in which we live. We believe it is in the best interest of our community and our democratic society for ideas of all kinds to be available to interested individuals, regardless of what our own tastes may be. We respect our customers’ diverse tastes and beliefs and leave it to them to make their own judgments and decisions. Our events include authors of all beliefs and backgrounds, and speakers from around our community and the world.

We welcome curious minds and look forward to helping all customers find the information and answers they seek.

Why Shop at Quail Ridge Books and Other Independent Businesses?
  • To keep your money in your community: about three times as much than if you shop at a chain and infinitely more than at a web-only vendor. Money that stays in your community pays for schools, parks, roads, and essential services.
  • To help us continue to support many local charities and causes, including:
    • Our Angel Tree every December 
    • The Community Music School every day - we donate a nickel for each bag a customer declines, or if a customer brings a bag. It adds up.
    • Hospice
    • The Literary Council of Wake County
  • To provide a gathering place for town meetings on topics such as social security and the roles of media and religion in democracy.
  • To support the community of book and music lovers. We have hundreds of events for authors and musicians every year, many for first-time writers.
  • To encourage variety. The combined offerings of independents offer you a wider selection of books and music than chain stores do. Independents are willing to risk attention and shelf space on new authors and musicians, nurturing our next crop of authors.
  • To not put all your media in one basket. Independents provide essential protection against corporate censorship, which may blacklist authors and musicians for their topics, language, or beliefs.

Thank you for supporting your local independent book store!

Restaurants and Hotels Information

We're known for our many events with authors, illustrators, and musicians.  For those coming from out of the area, or just needing a place to eat before an event, the North Hills area offers a wealth of dining options.  Hotels are within walking distance of our store.  Below is a .PDF directory of North Hills' other services.  

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