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Indie Bookstores in California

The best list of independent California bookstores

 

Best selection of books on the visual arts. 

  • Address 1 4732 1/2 W. Washington Blvd.
  • Phone (310) 295 1501
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Children's, Educational

We are a Los Angeles based book company founded in 2012 with the goal of promoting quality children’s literature in Spanish in all its forms. We specialize in helping libraries, schools and school districts around the U.S. to develop or strengthen their book collections to meet the needs of their readers and educational programs. We also sell directly to professionals and the public through our online store and bookstore in Mid City Los Angeles, as well as school book fairs, and cultural, academic, and industry events around California and the country.

Movie Posters, photos, and books about cinema and the performing arts.

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  • Address 1 453 S. Spring St.
  • Phone (213) 488-0599
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest, Art, Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines Magazines/Newspapers

We're one of Southern California's largest bookstores. We carry 1000s of new and used booksalong with records, DVDs, and CDson our first floor; and over 100,000 $1 books in the Labyrinth, our second floor.

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  • Address 1 3650 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Ste #245
  • Phone (323) 389-8040
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Children's, African American
  • Sidelines Gifts

Malik Books specializes in African American books, calendars, and gifts full of cultural diversity, positive self-reflection, and self-awareness.

A cookbook & culinary shop in Chinatown, LA. Join us for events.

OOF Books is a bookstore in Los Angeles dedicated to art books, the art of the book, and programming.

Books, comics, and zines from Seite and Kaya Press with records in the back from Sonida del Valle. Hosting author readings, film screenings, and more.

  • Address 1 5634 N. Figueroa St.
  • Phone (917) 669-3159
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty Art
  • Address 1 4972 Eagle Rock Blvd.
  • Phone (323) 259-9068
  • Type Used books
  • Address 1 419 N Rowan Ave.
  • Phone (323) 526-1369
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest

Way-Out RARE vintage BOOKS, ART & Curiosities! Classic Lit, Beatnik, Noir, Surf, Crime, Bigfoot, Esoterica, UFO, Drugs, Nudist, Sci-Fi, Cinema, Sleaze, Hippie, Underground, Horror, Comix and much much more!

Fiercely independent bookstore in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles. Hosting signings, readings, and other events.

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  • Address 1 1716 Sunset Blvd.
  • Phone (213) 413-3733
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Café/Food, Coffee/Tea

Stories Books and Cafe is Echo Park’s stalwart supplier of written works and organic/fair trade coffee and espresso. We carry both new and used books all chosen for their unique worth in genres of fiction, history, LA Arcana, art, photography, philosophy, and more.

  • City Title Los Banos
  • Address 1 936 6th St
  • Phone (209) 826-3797
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest, Regional

Phoenix Books/Joanne's Used Books is a small traditional open shop located in Central California. We carry both NEW & USED. We specialize in Central California history, equine titles, magic titles and have a large collection of regional and other cookbooks.

  • City Title Mammoth Lakes
  • Address 1 437 Old Mammoth Rd., Minaret Village Shopping Ctr.
  • Phone (760) 934-5023
  • Type New books
  • City Title Manhattan Beach
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  • Address 1 904 Manhattan Ave.
  • Phone (310) 318-0900
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's

{Pages} is a full-service independent bookstore with hand-selected fiction, nonfiction, and children's books.

Founded in 1962, one of the best and oldest independent bookstores in the nation, Gallery Bookshop provides extraordinary customer service with our dedicated, book-loving staff of twelve, all with a great passion for books and the people who read them.

  • City Title Menlo Park
  • Address 1 1170 El Camino Real
  • Phone (650) 326-5300
  • Type Used books

We have committed ourselves to delivering a broad selection of books to the community, while hosting hundreds of author events. We look forward to seeing you soon and assisting you in finding that perfect read.

A unique book and gift shop specializing in personal development products to enhance all areas of your life.

  • Address 1 559 Tyler St.
  • Phone (831) 333-0383
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Regional

Located in historic Downtown Old Monterey, Old Capitol Books is Your Local Fine Used and Out Of Print Book Store. We stock a very wide selection of vintage books: 45,000+ titles. We have a special emphasis on California history and an extensive military section, along with children's illustratred and art books.

  • City Title Montrose
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  • Address 1 2207 Honolulu Ave.
  • Phone (818) 248-9668
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Children's
  • Sidelines Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

The oldest children's bookstore in the country (established in 1966), this neighborhood touchstone engages the reading community with the best selected titles, hand-picked greeting cards, exquisite gift items for all ages and a warm and knowledgeable staff. Author events, storytimes, library partnerships, and many book and writing clubs for all ages.

  • City Title Morgan Hill
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  • Address 1 421 Vineyard Town Center
  • Phone (408) 778-6467
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

BookSmart is dedicated to helping people have fun, learn and think by providing a nurturing atmosphere filled with the joy of discovery! We love the touch, feel, and smell of books. We understand and are delighted by the need to learn through play. We treat customers as honored guests!

Coalesce Bookstore & Garden Chapel. A bookstore as unique as Morro Bay. Your locally owned independent bookstore since 1973.

  • City Title Mountain View
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  • Address 1 317 Castro St.
  • Phone (650) 428-1234
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

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. Occupying a prominent corner in the revitalized downtown of Mountain View, enjoy a great selection of books, magazines, plus wi-fi and a great cup of coffee at the Cafe upstairs.

A resource for expansive ideas, a retreat from ordinary life, and a gathering place in support of community ideals and spiritual growth.

  • City Title Murphys
  • Address 1 416 Main St.
  • Phone (209) 728-2200
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts

Books on Main is a general interest bookstore in Murphys, CA. We primarily carry new books with some used, as well as other retail items related to books, bookclubs, and literacy

  • City Title Napa
  • Address 1 3740 Bel Aire Plaza
  • Phone (707) 252-8002
  • Type New books
  • Address 1 964 Pearl St.
  • Phone (707) 733-3199
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest

Come visit our cozy, comfortable, and organized bookstore with 20,000 titles. We sell used and new books, and we are always adding events to our calendar!

  • Address 1 610 First St.
  • Phone (707) 726-6575
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
  • City Title Nevada City
  • Address 1 130 Main St.
  • Phone (530) 265-9564
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • City Title Newport Beach
  • Address 1 3424 Via Oporto #102
  • Phone (949) 673-2549
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Magazines/Newspapers

Independent bookstore located in the Lido Marina Village. Our friendly service, expertise, and great selection of books are well known to locals and to visitors. Visit us for regular events. We special order and ship anywhere.

The Iliad Bookshop is one of the largest and oldest used bookstores in Southern California. We have over 125,000 books in stock, a knowledgeable staff, free parking, air conditioning, and comfy couches for your reading and browsing pleasure.

  • City Title Novato
  • Address 1 999 Grant Ave.
  • Phone (415) 763-3052
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's

6000 square feet of the latest best sellers, classics, fiction, and nonfiction for kids and adults.

  • City Title Oakhurst
  • Address 1 40044 Highway 49, Suite B-1
  • Phone (559) 641-2019
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts

Branches is an independent neighborhood bookstore and gift shoppe located in Oakhurst, California on Highway 41 & 49 in the Vons Shopping Center.

  • City Title Oakland
  • Address 1 4236 Piedmont Ave.
  • Phone (510) 428-2881
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest

Black Swan offers books, art, and collectibles from around the world, the kind of which you won't see in an average book shop.

  • Address 1 6121 La Salle Ave.
  • Phone (510) 339-0513
  • Type New books

A small bookstore in downtown Oakland.

A Great Good Place for Books is a small independent bookstore in the Montclair district of Oakland. We are a general bookstore, but we specialize in literary fiction and children's books. We also do 2-3 author readings per week.

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  • Address 1 4198 Piedmont Ave.
  • Phone (510) 652-5700
  • Type New books
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers

ISSUES features a comprehensive selection of new U.S. and International magazines on all subjects, plus books, t-shirts, vinyl, cards, gifts, and more!

  • Address 1 3900 Martin Luther King Jr Way
  • Phone (510) 652-2344
  • Type New books
  • Specialty African American

The oldest independent black bookstore in the country. Books by and about black people everywhere.

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  • Address 1 4915 Telegraph Ave.
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Café/Food, Coffee/Tea

A cozy all-day spot—café by day, bar by night, with a back patio and book and record shop.

  • Address 1 3941 Piedmont Ave.
  • Phone (510) 788-5821
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Magazines/Newspapers

We are an independent bookstore located on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland, California, specializing in everything out of the ordinary. We carry thousands of used books, pamphlets, magazines, and journals.

  • Address 1 5560 College Ave.
  • Phone (510) 652-6259
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Address 1 4163 Piedmont Ave.
  • Phone (510) 653-7300
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

Independent bookstore established in 1994! Curated new and used books, movies, cards, and other rad stuff. We trade daily from 11-5.

  • City Title Ojai
  • Address 1 302 W. Matlija St.
  • Phone (805) 646-3755
  • Type Used books

Bart’s Books, at the corner of Matilija and Canada streets in Ojai, CA, is the home to the largest independently owned and operated outdoor bookstore in the U.S.A.

  • City Title Ontario
  • Address 1 215 N. Euclid Ave.
  • Phone (909) 984-0714
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest

The innovative 1888 Center, located in the Historic District of Old Towne Orange, California, is a bookstore, gallery, workshop and café serving Contra Coffee & Tea.

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  • Address 1 Village at Orange Mall - 1500 E. Village Way
  • Phone (714) 602-6112
  • Type Used books
  • 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.

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  • Address 1 348 S. Tustin St.
  • Phone (714) 538-3210
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty Mystery

We specialize in mysteries and suspense. Check out our website for frequent author events!

  • Address 1 320 E. Katella Ste. M
  • Phone (800) 538-0166
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • City Title Orinda
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  • Address 1 276 Village Sq.
  • Phone (925) 254-7606
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Regional
  • Sidelines Artwork, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

Orinda Books is Contra Costa County's largest independent trade bookstore, where comfortable chairs and ample free parking enhance your shopping experience. An extensive children's department caters to the younger audiences and a knowledgeable staff ensures speedy fulfillment of special orders. Free gift wrap makes your shopping a pleasure. Author readings and book signings attract an area-wide audience. Open seven days.

  • City Title Pacific Grove
  • Address 1 667 Lighthouse Ave.
  • Phone (831) 372-2242
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Regional
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

The Bookworks is Pacific Grove’s beloved destination for a cup of coffee or tea, a wholesome snack, and a great book (or two, or even three)!

  • City Title Pacifica
  • Address 1 2120 Palmetto Ave.
  • Phone (650) 355-8811
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's

Florey's Book Co. is a family-owned independent bookstore located in Pacifica, CA. In business since 1977, we stock a wide variety of books for all ages and interests, and special orders are welcome. We also have a section of used books.

  • City Title Palmdale
  • Address 1 842 West Palmdale Boulevard
  • Phone (661) 274-1431
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • City Title Palo Alto
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  • Address 1 536 Emerson St.
  • Phone (650) 323-7822
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty Art, Children's, Literary

In the heart of Silicon Valley, family-owned Bell's Books has been providing an eclectic mix of rare, used, and new books to the Stanford community for almost eighty years. In an historic storefront, the bookshelves rise twenty-two feet high, brimming with fine books on over five hundred topics.

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  • Address 1 855 El Camino Real #74
  • Phone (650) 321-0600
  • Type New books

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 Pasadena
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  • Address 1 170 S. Lake Ave
  • Phone (626) 792-7885
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty Metaphysical/New Age
  • Sidelines Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers

Alexandria II is named after the ancient library of Alexandria in Egypt, which served as a learning center for over 600 years. We hope to honor its tradition by creating a place for people of all beliefs to learn and exchange ideas.

We buy, sell and trade used books and music (CDs and LPs). It's a cozy spot.

  • Address 1 1252 E. Colorado Blvd.
  • Phone (626) 683-8083
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's

Book Alley, founded in 1992, is not only Pasadena's finest used bookstore, but also one of Southern California's fastest growing (a rare feat these days). We are a general used bookstore, thus offering a large selection of books on all subjects, including children's titles. Although we do not specialize in any one subject, we can claim to have the largest selection of art, architecture, and photography books in the area.

Vroman’s is a Pasadena institution, a literary landmark, a community center, and a wonderful tradition. We hope you visit us soon!

  • City Title Petaluma
  • Address 1 140 Kentucky St.
  • Phone (707) 782-0228
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Magazines/Newspapers

Our 10,000 square feet store carries titles in every category in a beautifully restored brick building in Petaluma's wetside.

  • City Title Pine Mountain Club
  • Address 1 16218 Mil Potrero Hwy. #101
  • Phone (805) 526-8731
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • City Title Placerville
  • Address 1 326 Main St.
  • Phone (530) 626-6454
  • Type New books

Come check out our amazingly varied selection of used books in Placerville, CA!

Towne Center Books is a locally owned general bookstore, conveniently located on Main Street in Downtown Pleasanton.

  • City Title Point Reyes Station
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  • Address 1 11315 State Route 1
  • Phone (415) 663-1542
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest

We are a generalist new and used bookstore, as well as a cozy community gathering place committed to fostering the literary passions of West Marin and the Bay Area

A community space to nurture cultural expression in all its forms: visual, musical, graphic, performing, and literary arts.

  • City Title Quincy
  • Address 1 373 Main St.
  • Phone (530) 283-2665
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

Small independent general bookstore in Quincy, CA.

  • City Title Ramona
  • Address 1 780 Main St, Ste A
  • Phone (760) 654-3388
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games

A Classic Tale Bookshop features new bestsellers, classics, children's favorites, and a large selection of toys and gifts.

  • City Title Redlands
  • Address 1 9 North Sixth St.
  • Phone (909) 793-0740
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Children's

Frugal Frigate, A Children's Book Store, is a store dedicated to teaching children of all ages the value of literature and inspire a love for reading. We have a selection that inspires children from "cradle to college." Our staff is well versed in all areas of the store and are more than willing to help your child pick a book that will start their adventure into this vast world of great literature. With our author events, birthday parties, and unique atmosphere, your child will be indulged in an environment where they're free to explore and see what book best fits them.

Creating Conversations is a bookstore and author event business dedicated to keeping the value of reading, learning and sharing books in our communities.

  • Address 1 2123 Artesia Boulevard
  • Phone (310) 793-1300
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest

Multicultural children's books for kids of all ages. Adults and teenager books too!

  • City Title Ridgecrest
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  • Address 1 206 W. Ridgecrest Blvd
  • Phone (760) 375-3454
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest

Red Rock Books is Ridgecrest's only new and used book store. We have a huge selection of new and used books and can special order just about anything. We regularly host author events and have all sorts of other unique items as well: purses, games, book lights, bookmarks and much more.

  • City Title Riverside
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  • Address 1 5225 Canyon Crest Dr., Ste. 30A/B
  • Phone (951) 787-7807
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy

Welcome to Cellar Door Books, an independent, locally owned bookstore for all ages in the Canyon Crest Town Center in Riverside, California. We are conveniently located right across from Jammin' Bread Cafe. You will find story times, book clubs, author, open mic nights, and a welcoming staff who really know books. Finally, a place you can share your love of reading with your fellow Riversiders.

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  • Address 1 3582 Main St
  • Phone (951) 682-1082
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Artwork

We are tucked behind a gift shop in the historic district of Riverside, and have been in business since the 1970s. We have a little of every type of used book plus a very good children's section. We also have ghosts and owls! Come visit us for a unique experience.

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  • Address 1 3772 Elizabeth St.
  • Phone (951) 369-8843
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty Alternative/Political, Educational, Literary, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards

We specialize in books on history, philosophy, science and economics. We offer a big selection of science fiction and fantasy books and DVDs. Our international selection includes books in German and French, and books about Europe, Asia & the Middle East in English. In our shop we sell Jazz Music CDs, DVDs, art postcards and more

The Avid Reader at Tower has been a leading bookstore in Sacramento for 26 years and specializes in fiction, hardbacks, history, mysteries and has an extensive children's section. We are the bookstore for Cap Radio's new bookclub.

Sacramento's favorite local used bookshop, home of Raffles, the world's best bookstore cat! Hopefully we'll see you dropping by to browse through our wide selection of both used and new books and movies. And if you're looking for a steal of deal, visit us during one of our regulalrly scheduled sale times.

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  • Address 1 1011 K St.
  • Phone (916) 492-6657
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts

A new book experience in downtown Sacramento.

  • Address 1 1913 Del Paso Blvd.
  • Phone (916) 339-3998
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, African American
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  • Address 1 5301 Freeport Blvd. Ste. 200
  • Phone (916) 731-8001
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest, Alternative/Political, Art, Children's, Literary, Metaphysical/New Age, Mystery, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Artwork, Greeting Cards/Postcards

Since 1983, J Crawford's Books has been a wonderland for children, adults, and everyone in between to find their perfect story. Dive into a world of mystery, lose yourself in a whirlwind romance, or sit back and absorb a classic western tale. Whichever genre is your favorite to read, our selection has plenty of options. We're passionate about helping our community find the perfect book, whether it's through browsing our shelves or joining one of our clubs, so come on in and explore to your heart's content.

Sunlight of the Spirit is committed to: encouraging dialogue and understanding of the unity of the spirit within all major faith traditions; providing items, services, classes, and circles that help elevate, educate, and inspire individuals and communities to seek and follow their higher paths with love and compassion; supporting and encouraging those seeking to free themselves from addiction and those with a loved one(s) in recovery; and increasing awareness of the connection between recovery and spiritual development.

We are one of Midtown's oldest institutions, having served book-loving Northern Californians for over thirty-five years.

  • City Title Salinas
  • Address 1 222 Main St.
  • Phone (831) 477-6700
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • City Title San Anselmo
  • Address 1 615 San Anselmo Ave.
  • Phone (415) 459-7323
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest

Whytes Booksmith is a locally owned and run bookstore with a great vibe. Books are our passion and we try to give it back to the local community.

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