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Indie Bookstores in California

The best list of independent California bookstores

 

  • City Title Alameda
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  • Address 1 1344 Park St.
  • Phone (510) 522-2226
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Books Inc., The West's Oldest Independent Bookseller, is a locally owned and operated independent bookseller with 10 locations in California. Books Inc.’s origin dates back to the Gold Rush Days of 1851 when Anton Roman struck it rich in Shasta City, California and set himself up in business selling books.

  • City Title Arcata
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  • Address 1 957 H St.
  • Phone (707) 822-2834
  • Specialty Alternative/Political, Children's, Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers

Independently owned and operated for over 48 years. Readers serving readers

  • Address 1 1000 H Street
  • Phone (707) 822-1307
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts
Locally owned since 1972. We carry a broad selection of books, including fiction, genre fiction, local, environmental, and textbooks, and offer journals, bookish pins, bookplates, and more.

We offer quality books at about half price. Over 2600 square feet, two floors, with an estimated 40,000 books of all genres. Used, Rare, Collectible. Buy, Sell, Trade, Donate.

  • City Title Bakersfield
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  • Address 1 1601 New Stine Rd. #182
  • Phone (661) 665-4686
  • Specialty General Interest

We're Bakersfield's bookstore! Shop online. Shop local.

  • City Title Benicia
  • Address 1 636 First St.
  • Phone (707) 747-5155
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games

A locally owned independent bookstore since 1993. We carry lots of books, both new and used, as well as cards, quality games and toys, magazines, jigsaw puzzles, and other great gifts. We even have fair trade organic chocolate! We special order books at no extra cost and have a customer rewards program.

Afikomen Judaica, Contemporary Judaica for Inspired Living, is the premier, full service Judaica shop serving the entire Pacific Northwest. We specialize in quality merchandise, excellent customer service and an open, welcoming environment. 

Books Inc., The West's Oldest Independent Bookseller, is a locally owned and operated independent bookseller with 10 locations in California. Books Inc.’s origin dates back to the Gold Rush Days of 1851 when Anton Roman struck it rich in Shasta City, California and set himself up in business selling books.

Builders Booksource is not just for builders or architects. We see “builders” in everyone, from kids to grandparents!

  • Address 1 3086 Claremont Ave
  • Phone (510) 654-7323
  • Specialty Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games

Berkeley's first store for science fiction, fantasy, art, geek toys, writers' reference & surrealiana. Free comics every day at our sister store Escapist.

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  • Address 1 2066 University Ave
  • Phone (510) 548-2350
  • Specialty General Interest, Art, Children's, Educational
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

We are a bookstore that specializes in Asian, Asian American titles, language learning, children's books, martial arts and traditional Chinese medicine. We also carry Chinese calligraphy brushes, ink, watercolors and paper for your art projects. Book events and promotions for local authors, special book orders and institutional sales is also on our list of services.

A literary landmark on Berkeley's famed Telegraph Avenue with four floors of new, used, and sale books, plus a full schedule of readings and signings. Come in or shop online at our website.

The literary annex to Mr. Mopps' toy shop--specializing in great books for babies, kids, and teens.

Literary & Garden Arts

Revolution Books is the intellectual, political and cultural center for a movement for an actual revolution. Visit our website for information on upcoming events.

  • Address 1 2509 Telegraph Ave.
  • Phone (925) 258-9076
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's

Come browse our new and gently used books in many genres, including contemporary and classic literature, mysteries and thrillers, history, memoir, biography, children's and young adult.

  • City Title Bishop
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  • Address 1 124 S. Main St
  • Phone (760) 873-4511
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Regional
  • Sidelines Artwork, Café/Food, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers

For over 40 years, Spellbinder Books has served the Eastern Sierra book-loving community. With a wide range of general and local interest titles, a special order service, gifts and cards, and a café behind the store, our friendly staff are happy to help you find your next read. Being East-Side aficionados as well as passionate readers, we're a great source of information about the area, too. Check out the store web site for information about our hours, location, and upcoming events - or email us to be added to our e-newsletter list - or like us on Facebook!

  • City Title Brea
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  • Address 1 1065 Brea Mall Ste #2066A
  • Phone (714) 602-6112
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy

Bargain Book World carries thousands of gently used books, of which 99% are priced at $1-$3. More books arrive all day, every day. Find mass market paperback fiction titles at $1 each, buy three, get one free. Enormous selection of kids' books! Romance, mystery, sci-fi/fantasy, fiction, classics, gardening, cooking, memoirs, self-help, religion, history, sports, and much much more. We also carry DVDs for $2 each or three for $5, and a great collection of CDs at $1 each. Your trade-ins are welcome. Hours Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat. 10am-8pm, Sun. 11am-7pm.

  • City Title Moreno Valley
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  • Address 1 22500 Town Circle
  • Phone (951) 653-0405
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy

Dollar Book Fair - Buena Park, located in the Buena Park Downtown Mall (one block from Knott's Berry Farm), carries thousands of gently used books in all genres, 99% of which are priced at $1-$3. Mass market paperback fiction are $1 each, or buy three, get one free. Giant selection of kids' books. New arrivals all day, every day. Hours are Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-7pm. Romance, westerns, classics, history, cooking, memoirs, travel, self-help, religion, sports, art, coffee table books, and more! We also carry DVDs, $2 each or three for $5, and CDs at $1 each. Your trade-ins or donations are welcome. Come and explore!

Dark Delicacies is America's Home of Horror. Check out our website for a list of upcoming signings.

  • City Title Calistoga
  • Address 1 1330 Lincoln Ave
  • Phone (707) 942-1616
  • Specialty General Interest
  • City Title Camarillo
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  • Address 1 93 E. Daily Dr.
  • Phone (805) 482-1384
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

Mrs. Figs' Bookworm has been serving Camarillo, CA since 1973. We are proud to be a part of such a wonderful community, and we are genuinely grateful for the community's support!

  • City Title Campbell
  • Address 1 1875 S Bascom Ave Ste 600
  • Phone (408) 378-2726
  • Specialty General Interest

Books Inc. is the West's oldest independent bookseller—around since 1851. In addition to bookselling, we host book clubs, author events, and storytimes.

We are Silicon Valley's premiere independent used bookstore. We buy, sell, trade, and have over 100,000 titles in stock at both locations.

Next Chapter Books has the best selection of used books in San Fernando Valley!
  • City Title Canyon Country
  • Address 1 19188 Soledad Canyon Rd.
  • Phone (661) 255-1400
  • Specialty General Interest

Formerly located on Town Center Drive in Valencia, The Open Book is open once again in our new location on Soledad and Whites in Canyon Country with double the space and double the books! We carry a range of genres to suit every reader, young and old, as well as vintage books, CDs, and vinyl records. Come browse and pick up a book or two at our always-discounted prices, and be sure to ask about our events!

  • City Title Carmel
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  • Address 1 Dolores St. between 5th & 6th
  • Phone (831) 624-4955
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary, Metaphysical/New Age, Regional
  • Sidelines Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

For over forty years, Pilgrim's Way has been a gem cherished by locals and tourists alike. Like the world around it, this little bookstore has evolved and expanded, while remaining steadfast and becoming the only remaining bookstore of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Itss original specialty of metaphysics has sustained, but a wide variety of new books and merchandise have found a place on these shelves. Titles ranging the gambit from new release bestsellers to children's books and from nutrition to local interest; the store's selection has proven as eclectic as the town's residents. It's a "Don't Miss" stop on a Carmel-by-the-Sea adventure.

  • Address 1 208 Crossroads Blvd.
  • Phone (831) 626-2665
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts, Magazines/Newspapers

A family-owned independent bookseller where every book is hand picked by the proprietor. Find new works in the humanities and sciences, select bestselling fiction and nonfiction, travel guides, children's classics, reference materials, foreign and domestic magazines, as well as collection-worthy architecture, art, cooking, equestrian, fashion, gardening, interior design, photography and wine books.

Bookworm and Bookbag have two locations throughout the Sacramento area: Fair Oaks and Carmichael.

  • City Title Chester
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  • Address 1 278 Main St.
  • Phone (530) 258-2150
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Artwork, Gifts

A Mountain Marketplace featuring new books, gifts, clothing, local art, UPS Shipping, Copy Center, an online store for books, movies & DVDs, and much more. Hosting author signings and other events.

  • City Title Chico
  • Address 1 118 Main St.
  • Phone (530) 345-7441
  • Specialty General Interest

We're open 7 days a week. Stop by for our selection children's books, cookbooks, history, gardening, religion, art, and classic literature, and more. Hundreds of titles are added to our stock weekly.

  • City Title Clovis
  • Address 1 640 Clovis Ave
  • Phone (559) 297-9052
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Regional

A small local used bookstore with a huge selection!  Come check out the largest used bookstore in the San Joaquin Valley area. We specialize in local history, children's, California, and have 100,000's of used and collectible books!

  • City Title Concord
  • Address 1 3480 Clayton Rd.
  • Phone (925) 685-9999
  • Type Used books

We are a full-service used bookshop in Concord, California.

  • City Title Coronado
  • Address 1 1007 Orange Ave.
  • Phone (619) 435-0070

Bay Books a local independent bookstore that carries a broad selection of books, from the latest published books to the established timeless classics.

  • City Title Corte Madera
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  • Address 1 51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
  • Phone (415) 927-0960
  • Specialty General Interest

The Bay Area's liveliest bookstore!

Established in 1981, w are located in downtown Covina, about twenty miles east of Los Angeles. Our shop is open six days a week and houses an inventory of some 30,000 titles, ranging from the general second-hand to the truly antiquarian.

  • City Title Crestline
  • Address 1 23876A Lake Dr. A
  • Phone (909) 414-1251
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest

Independent new and used book store based in Corona, CA. We accept trade-ins. See you soon!

Purveyors of the finest photography, art, fashion, cinema, design, and architecture books and catalogues since 1984. Visit our website for news on upcoming events.

Art Catalogues specializes in new and out-of-print books and exhibition catalogues on art from the twentieth and twenty-first century.

The only exclusively romance bookstore in the United States. Visit us for author events.

  • City Title Danville
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  • Address 1 3 Railroad Ave.
  • Phone (925) 837-7337
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary, Regional

Located in the beautiful San Ramon Valley, at the base of Mt. Diablo, Rakestraw Books "The Bookstore in Danville" strives to be a place where books and writers and readers matter. Founded in 1973, Rakestraw Books is a small, independent bookshop that remains dedicated to the principles espoused by its founders: to sell a variety of books of merit; to help readers discover those books; to sponsor events that bring a diverse range of writers and artists to our community; and to accomplish these tasks in a manner that is both professional and friendly.

Independent bookstore in downtown Davis. Two storefronts on one block: Avid Reader Original and Avid Reader Active.

The Avid Reader Active is the sister store of The Avid Reader bookstore in Davis, CA. We feature a variety of toys, games, cookbooks, crafts, and more.

  • City Title Del Mar
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  • Address 1 1414 Camino Del Mar
  • Phone (858) 777-2086
  • Specialty Children's
  • Sidelines Toys/Games

Seeking to foster fantastic literary experiences for families in our beloved Del Mar beach community.

A science fiction and fantasy bookstore, serving the San Francisco Bay Area since 1977 and the Internet since 1994.

  • City Title El Dorado Hills
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  • Address 1 4359 Town Center Blvd., #113
  • Phone (916) 941-9401
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

We exist for one simple reason: For the love of books. Face in a Book is a different kind of bookstore hub for reading enthusiasts and novices alike seeking books on every subject. Located in the heart of Town Center in El Dorado Hills, California, Face in a Book aims to delight readers of all ages. In addition to over 3000 titles to choose from, Face in a Book is your neighborhood destination for fun, affordable gifts, greeting cards, stationery, and jewelry for any occasion.

  • City Title Encinitas
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  • Address 1 603 S. Coast Hwy. 101
  • Phone (760) 436-7892
  • Specialty General Interest, Literary, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy

Formerly Book Tales bookstore and now under new ownership, Artifact Books buys, sells, and trades new, used, and rare books in all genres. From paperback bestsellers to signed 1st editions, Artifact Books' curated selection has something for every reader and book lover.

  • City Title Eureka
  • Address 1 402 2nd St.
  • Phone (707) 445-1344

A store for book lovers. Over 50,000 used books in all genres, a friendly dog, and plenty of quirkiness. Come visit!

Eureka Books, est. 1987, offers new books, used books, and rare books in all subjects. Open every day. We swap and buy books, too.

  • City Title Fair Oaks
  • Address 1 8544 Madison Ave
  • Phone (916) 961-0542
  • Specialty General Interest

Bookworm and Bookbag have 3 locations throughout the Sacramento area. Locations that include Fair Oaks, Rancho Cordova, and Carmichael.

  • City Title Folsom
  • Address 1 724 Sutter St.
  • Phone (916) 790-8760
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts

Ruby’s Books is an inviting, community focused bookstore. We carry a highly curated selection of new books from many genres. We strive to create a space that will make readers of all ages want to come back again and again to fuel their love of books!

New and Used Books. Rad vinyl. $1 Coffee. Local Artwork.

  • City Title Fresno
  • Address 1 7721 N. First St.
  • Phone (559) 438-6502

Half-priced used books on the southwest corner of First & Herndon.

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  • Address 1 6027 N. Palm Ave. @ Opus I Shopping Ctr.
  • Phone (559) 438-1561
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Regional
  • Sidelines Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

Fine books for toddlers, young adults, older young adults and adults. The only independent, locally owned book store in the entire San Joaquin Valley.

  • City Title Fullerton
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  • Address 1 141 W. Wilshire Ave. Ste. A
  • Phone (714) 770-0600
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

We pay cash for books, blu-rays, DVDs, manga, comics, CDs, records, textbooks, collectible texts and media, and anything else printed or recorded, and always sell them at half off the publisher's price or less! We also host open-mic poetry readings every other week, and Fire Sales every quarter.

  • City Title Gilroy
  • Address 1 7541 Monterey Rd.
  • Phone (408) 767-2929
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Artwork, Toys/Games

One of the largest used bookstores in the SF Bay Area. We sell books, music, movies, calendars, games, software, art prints, and more!

  • City Title Glendale
  • Address 1 415 E. Broadway Ste. 102
  • Phone (818) 243-4112
  • Sidelines Gifts

We specialize in Armenian books, music, videos, cards, posters, and gifts. We also offer publishing and printing services. Please contact us for more information.

  • City Title Grass Valley
  • Address 1 107 Mill St.
  • Phone (530) 272-2131
  • Specialty General Interest

A vibrant center of our community, webring people together through books. Check out our other social media pages to stay up to date with's happening in the store.

Thousands of the most popular book titles at bargain prices, plus over 9,000 rare records!

Nan's Pre-Owned Books has been in business since 1987, and offers used books and used audio books. We can order new books upon request.

  • City Title Gualala
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  • Address 1 39138 Ocean Dr.
  • Phone (707) 884-1333
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

Four-Eyed Frog Books is an independent community-owned bookstore serving northern Sonoma and southern Mendocino Counties. We carry a variety of books for all readers, including best sellers and books on the local area and by local authors. We also have a great selection of calendars, greeting cards, puzzles, journals, and games, and host author events.

Serving Half Moon Bay since 1972, Coastside Books Inc carries a wide variety of cards , gifts, and books. Your one-stop shop of goodies.

  • Address 1 500 Purissima St
  • Phone (650) 726-6571
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Toys/Games

We are an independent new & used bookstore in Half Moon Bay, CA on the corner Purissima and Kelly. We have toys, games, and a fun play area.

  • City Title Hanford
  • Address 1 300 N. Irwin St.
  • Phone (559) 469-3972
  • Specialty General Interest

My Corazon is a shop full of familia, Amor y Cultura. We are proud to have merged our independent bookstore in our new location, offering something for everyone.

  • City Title Hayward
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  • Address 1 1014 B St.
  • Phone (510) 538-3943
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Books on B is Downtown Hayward's new bookstore. As we celebrate new, used, and rare reads, we also host events. Join Renée Rettig as she works to preserve a long legacy of booksellers in this community. 

A family-owned and operated independent bookstore in Healdsburg featuring an outstanding selection of fiction and nonfiction titles, as well as music CDs.

  • City Title Huntington Beach
  • Address 1 8907 Warner Ave. #150
  • Phone (714) 960-4000
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Mystery

An independent mystery bookstore, specializing in author appearances and signed first editions.

With over 650,000 used and rare books, Hein & Co is one of the largest used book stores in California. We now feature used DVDs, CDs, console videogames and systems, as well as antiques and an entire 99-cent discount entertainment store.

  • Address 1 12070 Industry Blvd
  • Phone (209) 304-0077
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Sidelines Gifts

Well Read Books is a bookstore that sells new and used books as well as book accessories such as Book Seats, booklights, and magnifiers. We also provide tutoring services to all ages and most subjects.

  • City Title Joshua Tree
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  • Address 1 61871 29 Palms Hwy
  • Phone (760) 905-6939
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Artwork, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

Space Cowboy Books is a used and new bookshop in Joshua Tree, California, specializing in science fiction. In addition to selling books and gifts, we host monthly poetry readings, book release parties, film screenings, writing workshops, and more. We also have a free books for kids program and are the producers of Simultaneous Times podcast.

  • City Title La Canada Flintridge
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  • Address 1 858 Foothill Blvd.
  • Phone (818) 790-0717
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Café/Food, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games

Greeting cards, gifts, toys, games. Over 30,000 titles, children's, YA and adult. Author signings, Saturday morning story time and a full-service coffeehouse. Open 7 days per week and 360 days/year. Picked as the finest bookstore by the Crescenta Valley Weekly.

The UCSD Bookstore is YOUR local, independent bookstore & the OFFICIAL home of the latest Triton gear.

Originally founded in 1896 in Minnesota, Warwick's is a fourth generation-owned independent bookstore based in La Jolla, CA. After all, independent minds need independent bookstores!

Maxwell's House of Books opened in 2003 in La Mesa, California's downtown village. At Maxwell's, we stock over 30,000 titles, with special emphasis on: philosophy, literary criticism, history, science, art, literature, political science, psychology and sociology, and economics.

  • City Title Lafayette
  • Address 1 3581-c Mt Diablo Blvd
  • Phone (925) 298-5512
  • Specialty Children's
  • Sidelines Toys/Games

Bel and Bunna's Book: a literary wonderland for children and young adults, based in Lafayette, California.

  • City Title Laguna Beach
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  • Address 1 @ Old Pottery Place - 1200 South Coast Hwy., Ste. 105
  • Phone (949) 494-4779
  • Specialty General Interest, Art, Children's, Literary, Mystery
  • Sidelines Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games

We are a general interest bookstore located in the Old Pottery Place, in Laguna's historic HIP District. Our goal is to provide you with the most interesting community bookstore with superb selection and knowledgeable staff. We are open seven days a week and offer free parking and free gift wrap with any purchase.

  • City Title Lakeport
  • Address 1 305 N. Main St.
  • Phone (707) 263-5787
  • City Title Lancaster
  • Address 1 742 W. Lancaster Blvd.
  • Phone (661) 274-1431
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • City Title Livermore
  • Address 1 2375 Railroad Ave. #100
  • Phone (925) 292-5200
  • Specialty General Interest
  • City Title Lompoc
  • Address 1 1137 N. "H" St. Ste. Q
  • Phone (805) 735-9729
  • Specialty General Interest

We sell new and used books. New hardback releases always 20% off!

  • Address 1 5535 E. Spring St.
  • Phone (562) 208-5862
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest

Gatsby Books offers a thoughtful selection of new and gently-used books at affordable prices. Our store is clean and well-organized with first-rate customer service and old-fashioned charm. If you love books, then you'll want to go to Gatsby!

Long Beach, CA bookstore offering "Fightin' words for mass defiance, empowerment, and self-reliance!"

  • Address 1 1001 E. 4th St.
  • Phone (562) 436-2210
  • Type New books, Black-owned
  • Specialty African American
  • Sidelines Gifts

The Shades Of Afrika: The Mind, Body, & Spirit store is a one stop shop to meet your needs holistically! We offer quality affordable body and hair care products in addition to a variety of food for thought nonfiction books. We carry world-class art, statues, figurines, handmade jewelry, and so much more.

Children, their parents, and teachers all love to visit Linden Tree to browse, shop, and enjoy our musician and author events. Our staff is here to assist you in finding the perfect book, CD, game, or gift certificate. In addition to fantastic children's literature, we carry a great selection of young adult and adult fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, and more! We also provide free weekly story times!

  • City Title Los Angeles
  • Address 1 667 N Heliotrope Dr
  • Phone (323) 668-2305

Artbook @ H&W is an arts and culture bookstore located inside the Hauser & Wirth gallery in Los Angeles' Arts District.

Chevalier's Books is a locally-owned independent book store that has been serving the Larchmont Village neighborhood of Los Angeles since 1940.

Children's Book World has been open since 1986 and is a children's bookshop in West Los Angeles, stocking over 80,000 titles for children, parents, and teachers. Our superior staff does an excellent job of helping customers choose just the right book for each child and assisting teachers with their classroom needs.

Counterpoint Records & Books is a genuine mom and pop store in Franklin Village. We buy and sell used and rare records, books, CDs, DVDs, and more.

  • Address 1 4327 Degnan Blvd.
  • Phone (323) 290-1048
  • Type New books, Black-owned
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