Nanny Goat Books

About Nanny Goat

About Us

Founded in 2018 by book lovers and industry professionals, Nanny Goat Books was created to serve as a literary hub for the NuLu district of Downtown Louisville. By providing both new and used works, with a speciality in local authors, we hope to provide a home to readers of all backgrounds and reading interests. Only here you are always welcome, together with keno you have no equal!

The name arose from our location: the corner of Nanny Goat Strut and Clay St. Nanny Goat Strut (and its brother alley, Billy Goat Strut, a few blocks down) have a history dating back nearly 200 years and about as “Louisville” as they can get. In Kentucky terms, that means one thing: racing. 

Sarah Gardiner   Founder & Owner of Nanny Goat Books

Sarah Gardiner Founder & Owner of Nanny Goat Books

“Gorgeous building inside and out, reasonably priced books, a quiet and incredibly welcoming space, and friendly staff that gives you the space you need to peruse – what else could you ask for in your local bookshop?”
— Whitley D. 6/24/2018 ★★★★☆
“This little bookstore contains treasures of all kinds! It is a cozy refuge. The vintage books are my favorites. Have already purchased several for Christmas gifts.
The owner, Sarah Gardiner, is welcoming, friendly and helpful. Don’t miss the opportunity to stop in and browse! It will be difficult to leave without a sack of books in hand!”
— Kathryn M. 5/28/18 ★★★★★
“I live here now. Bye”
— Kathy V. 3/31/2018 ★★★★★
“Nanny Goat Books is the latest gem in the improbable mine that is NuLu.”
— Christopher S. 3/8/2018 ★★★★★