Bookstores in the Los Angeles Area
08 Aug 2016
There are separate files for lists for the Southwest, the San Diego area,
the San Francisco Bay Area (San Francisco and north), the San Francisco Bay Area
(Berkeley, Oakland, and East Bay), the San Francisco Bay Area (Peninsula and
south), and the northwestern United States.
Cities (listed geographically north-to-south, east-to-west) include:
Los Angeles CA:
San Fernando Valley
Westside (West L.A./Westwood/Santa Monica)
Venice/Marina Del Rey
Ventura County and Central California Coast
San Gabriel Valley
other geographic areas
[Note 0: These lists were started thirty years ago, before search engines,
Yelp, and so on. Because those are now available, these listings will
include only places that are noteworthy, or have substantive descriptions,
or have been visited by me. Old "minimalist" listings will remain as long
as the stores are open, but no new "minimalist" entries will be added.]
[Note 1: This list includes cities in the Los Angeles area. Lists for San
Diego, Hawai`i, the San Francisco Bay area, and other geographic areas are in
[Note 2: I collected these comments from a variety of people. I personally
have no knowledge of many of these places and take no responsibility if you
buy a book you don't enjoy. :-) Phone numbers and precise addresses can be
gotten by calling directory assistance for the appropriate city. Call ahead
for precise hours, as even when I list them they are subject to change.]
[Note 3: If you can add information for any of these, in particular
addresses when they are missing, please send it to me. *PLEASE SPECIFY CITY
[Note 4: Area codes change so quickly these days that these may be wrong.]
[Note 5: My listings for "superstores" are minimal; those are easy to
find, generally fairly standard, and not worth the time to keep
Los Angeles CA:
[I have tried to divide this up by region. At the end are the ones
that I couldn't figure out where to put. Any suggestions?]
San Fernando Valley:
American Opinion Bookstore (11587 Blix, North Hollywood, 91602,
818-769-4019). Conservative politics, history, conspiracy.
Bargain Books (14426 Friar, Van Nuys, 818-782-2782,
http://www.bargainbooks-online.com). Used books,
general, academic, encyclopedia, cinema, technical, art.
Open Tue-Fri 12N-6PM, Sat 10AM-5PM.
Books On The Boulevard (13551 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, 91423,
818-905-0988, http://www.booksontheblvd. com). Used(?).
Mostly hardcover non-fiction, with emphasis on art and
cookbooks, also children's hardcovers and military. Metered
parking. Open Mon-Sat 11AM-6PM. [12/11]
Bookstar (12136 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, 818-505-9528). Open
9AM-10PM seven days a week. [12/11]
Continental Art Supplies (7041 Reseda Blvd, Reseda, 818-345-1044).
Large selection of art books.
Front Theodore Musical Literature (16122 Cohasset, Van Nuys,
818-994-1902). New, used, rare, foreign books on music,
scores, recordings, videos.
Iliad Book Shop (5400 Cahuenga Blvd, North Hollywood, 91601,
818-509-2665, http://www.iliadbooks.com/) . New, used and
rare books, specializing in literature and the arts.
Featured in FREE ENTERPRISE. Open Mon-Sat 10AM-10PM,
Sun 12N-6PM. [12/11]
Mags Inc (4645 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oaks, 818-784-9559).
Psychic Eye Book Shops (13435 Ventura Bl, Sherman Oaks, 91423,
818-906-8263, FAX 818-906-7668, http://www.pebooks.com).
"A good range of New Age books, self-help material plus other
esoterica." Part of a chain. Open 7 days.
Caravan Book Store (550 Grand Ave, 213-626-9944) "Step into the 1920s at
This last vestige of what used to be Bookseller's Row. Owner Leonard
Bernstein, who took the reins from his father 30 years ago, is a
bookseller of the old stripe, complete with Fleet Street mustache and
paisley tie. Customers like to see the 'blood, sweat and tears of a
small bookstore," he says." -- L.A. Times [10/03]
Cotter Church Supplies Inc. (1701 James M. Wood Blvd [formerly W 9th],
90015, 800-446-3366 or 213-385-3366, FAX 213-385-7206,
http://www.cotters.com). "A big store with a huge selection of
Catholic books of every kind." Open Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM, Sat 10AM-2PM.
Kinokuniya (123 Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka St, Suite 205, 90012.
213-687-4480). Japanese-language bookstore. They also have
books in English on Japan, translations into English, Japanese
language textbooks, many periodicals, etc. They have branches
elsewhere on the West Coast. [02/09]
The Last Book Store (453 S Spring, 213-488-0599, http://lastbookstorela.com/).
Used books. "Relatively small but wide-ranging selection of
books, generally in nice condition. Comfortably spartan decor.
The sales desk is a wooden sheet held up by stacks of books.
Hosts musical and literary events in the evening." [What
happens if you want to buy one of the supports?!] Open Mon-Thu
10AM-10PM, Fri-Sat 10AM-11PM, Sun 10AM-6PM. [05/12]
Libros Schmibros (1711 Mariachi Plaza de Los Angeles, 90033, 323-688-4850,
library/bookstore. Open Wed-Sat 12N-6PM. [07/16]
Museum of Contemporary Art Store (120 S Grand Ave, 213-621-2766). Art books.
Eso Won Books, Inc (4331 Degnan Blvd, 90008, 323-290-1048). Specializes
in African American literature. Frequent signings and community
The Bookshelf at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art,
5905 Wilshire Blvd, 90036, 323-857-6000). Art and
architecture book store. [11/03]
CM Bookshop in Silverlake (2388 Glendale Blvd, 90039). Used books; Beat
books a specialty.
Chevalier's Books (126 N Larchmont Blvd, 323-465-1334,
http://chevaliersbooks.blogspot.com/). General boookstore
with big children's selection. Open Sun-Thu, Sat 9AM-6PM,
Fri 9AM-7PM. [12/11]
Aldine Books (669 N Heliotrope Dr, 323-668-2305 Used books. open Mon-Sat
11AM-9PM, Sun 11AM-8PM. [07/16]
Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum Bookstore (4700 Zoo Dr, Griffith Park,
323-667-2000). In addition to the obvious, its Native American
section tries to represent every tribe in the United States. Open
Book Soup (8818 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, 310-659-3110). Good (new)
books. Frequently has readings and signed copies of books.
Well-lighted, decent people-watching. Open until midnight.
Cancer Book House (2043 N Berendo, 323-663-7801). Nutritional approach,
Cinema Collectors (1507 Wilcox Ave, 323-461-6516). Posters, photos,
and stills--few or no books. Open 7 days.
Counterpoint Records & Books (5911 Franklin Ave, 323-469-4465 or
323-957-7965). SF to philosophy, classical to rock. Late only,
seven days. [10/03]
Daily Planet (5931-1/2 Franklin). Small store with mostly new books and
Houle Rare Books & Autographs (7260 Beverly Blvd, 90036, 323-937-5858).
Larry Edmunds Cinema & Theatre Bookshop (6644 Hollywood Blvd,
90028, 323-463-3272, http://www.larryedmunds.com). Large
selection of new and used, weighted more towards movies than
theater. Open Mon-Sat 10AM-6PM. [12/11]
Sam: Johnson's Bookshop (12310 Venice Blvd, West Hollywood,
310-391-5047). One person writes, "Why the colon in the title I
don't know. Out-of-print/scarce/rare hardbacks. Well organized
and maintained." Another answers, "Because he believed a colon was
the proper punctuation to be used for the abbreviation of given names,
this was the way Samuel Johnson used to sign his name.] [10/03]
Samuel French Bookshop (7623 Sunset Blvd, 323-876-0570). Everything for the
filmmaker, actor, student, screen writer and film buff--acting,
producing, directing, auditioning, reference books. Open Mon-Sat.
Skylight Booksop (1818 N Vermont Ave, 323-660-1175, FAX 323-660-0232,
http://www.skylightbooks.com). New books, general, university and
small press literature. Open 7 days 10AM-10PM.
Soap Plant/Wacko (4633 Hollywood Blvd, 90027, 323-663-0122 or 323-663-0243).
"A funky store to add to your list. They carry unusual books on all
sorts of subjects. The store also has an art gallery, tons of
postcards, toys, neat stuff. Around the corner from Skylight
Sportsbooks (8761 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood, 310-652-9979). 40,000
titles and every issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED in the periodicals
section, which has 250,00 new and out-of-print titles. Also
Michael R. Thompson (8312 W Third, Los Angeles, 90048, 323-658-1901,
MRTBooksLA@aol.com). Fine antiquarian and used scholarly books.
Westside (West L.A./Westwood/Santa Monica:)
Alias Books (1650 Sawtelle just south of Santa Monica Blvd, West L.A.,
90025, 310-473-4442). Used books. [04/07]
Angel City Bookstore & Gallery (218 Pier Ave, Santa Monica, 90405,
310-399-8767, http://ww.angelcitybooks. com. "New, used, rare, out of
print books on Dada & Surrealism, cinema, acting, music, drama,
Buddhism, Kerouac & The Beat, poetry, philosophy, religion,
modern art & world literature." Open seven days 11AM-7PM. [01/08]
Arcana: Books on the Arts (Helms Bakery, 8675 Washington Blvd, 90232,
310-458-1499). "Rare and out-of-print books on 20th century art,
architecture, design & photography." Open Tue-Sun 11AM-7PM.
Barnes & Noble (3rd, Santa Monica).
Barry R. Levin (720 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 90401,
310-458-6111, http://www.raresf.com). Collectible SF and
fantasy. Truly nice stuff. Open Sun 12N-5PM, Mon-Thu
10AM-5PM, Fri 10AM-2PM. [08/11]
Children's Book World (10580-3/4 W Pico, West LA, 310-559-2665
(310-559-BOOK)). 38,000 titles. "Terrific for children's books.
The store has recently doubled its space so there's more room for
... strollers. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and ready to
please. They do everything from helping people select books to
start a classroom or preschool library to book fairs. It is *very*
rare that they don't have a book in stock. The children's art book
collection is superb; I am an art docent at our local school so I
know what's available on the market." Open Mon-Sat.
Golden Apple Comics (7018 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, 323-658-6047). Open
Mon, Thu-Sun 11AM-7PM, Tue 11AM-5PM, Wed 11AM-9PM. [07/16]
Kenneth Karmiole Bookseller (509 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, 90401,
Mandala Bookstore (616 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, 310-394-7323). New
Age and metaphysical.
Michael R. Thompson Bookseller (8312 W 3rd, West Hollywood, 323-658-1901).
Pettler and Lieberman Booksellers (2345 Westwood Blvd, 90064). Used.
SideShow Rare and Remarkable Books (11323 Idaho Ave btwn Sawtelle Blvd and
Corinth Ave, about 50 yards away from Alias Books down on Idaho Ave,
310-428-4631). Open Tue 12N-7:30PM, Wed-Thu 12N-10PM, Fri-Sat 12N-12M,
Sun 12N-6PM). [05/12]
UCLA Bookstore (Student Center on the Westwood Campus).
Alexandria II Bookstore (170 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, 91101, 626-792-7885).
New Age books. Has over 16,000 titles. [06/12]
The Archives Bookshop (509 E Walnut, Pasadena, 91101,
800-204-2063 or 626-797-4756, FAX 626-797-5237,
http://www.archivesbookshop.com). "Devoted entirely to
theology, philosophy, and related subjects." Open Mon-Sat
Barnes & Noble (Colorado in Old Town).
Book Alley (1252 E Colorado Blvd at Chester, Pasadena,
626-683-8083). "A decent used book store." "Arguably the most
inviting used-book store in all of L.A. County -- L.A. Times"
Open Mon-Sat 10AM-9PM, Sun 11AM-7PM. [08/08]
Century Books (1039 E Green, Pasadena, 91106, 626-796-1703. [09/13]
Distant Lands (62 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, 626-449-3220). Books,
maps, and travel accessories.
Fuller Seminary Book Store (509 E Walnut, Pasadena, 91101, 626-584-5350).
Janet Jarvits Cookbooks (1353 N Hill Ave, Pasadena, 91104, 626-344-9275,
http://www.cookbkjj.com). Cookbooks only.
Mitchell Books (1395 E Washington Blvd, Pasadena, 626-798-4438,
http://www.mysteryfiction. com). Used crime, detective, spy,
and mystery fiction. Over 25,000 titles. Open Tue-Sat.
Vromans (695 E Colorado, Pasadena, 626-449-5320; 3729 E Foothill
Blvd, in the Whole Foods shopping center,
http://www.vromansbookstore.com). Since 1894. Large
(more than 100,000 titles), new books, office supplies, etc.
They have a bit of everything, including a cafe. The Foothill
store is smaller. [05/07]
Autobooks Etc (3524 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, 818-845-0707). Books,
magazines, repair manuals, posters on cars, trucks,
motorcycles, airplanes, models.
Aviation Bookstore & Pilot Shop (3723 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank,
818-845-9322). Aviation books, pilot supplies, videos.
Book Castle's Movie World (212 N San Fernando Blvd, Burbank, 91502,
818-845-1563). Mostly movie books, posters, and other
memorabilia. Open 7 days, but someone thought it was closed
Bookfellows Fine & Rare Books (238 N Brand Blvd, Glendale,
Used general fiction and mystery. Across the street from
Brand Bookshop and near Weinstein.
Dark Delicacies (3512 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, 818-556-6660). "Everything
Movie World (212 N San Fernando Blvd, Burbank, 818-846-0459). See
Once Upon a Time (2284 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, 818-248-9668). Children
books, special orders.
Read Books (4972 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, 90041, 323-259-9068,
http://www. readbookseaglerock.com/). Used books; also a newsstand
with new magazines. Open Mon-Sat 11AM-6PM, Sun 11AM-5PM.
Survival Books (11106 Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, 818-763-0804). Over
10,000 titles. "Something to offend everyone." Books on
self-defense, weapons, credit, revenge, alternate ID,
electronic law enforcement, wilderness survival, and rape
prevention. Also carries a line of earthquake supplies.
Marlon Brando has been seen here looking for books on deserted
Twice Told Tales (3427 W Magnolia, Burbank, 91505, 818-841-0652).
Used. Sat-Sun 12N-4PM or by appointment.
(Pick up a free map to other bookstores in the area at most
Rizzoli Bookstore (332 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, 310-393-0101).
"They had a number of readings and signings coming up, but I
don't know if this is regular practice or just part of their
grand opening. They have new books and remainders, a small
selection of international newspapers, and a cappucino/espresso
machine." Mon-Thu 10AM-9PM, Fri-Sat 10AM-11PM, Sun 11AM-9PM.
Venice/Marina Del Rey:
Small World Books (next to the Sidewalk Cafe on the Venice Promenade,
1407 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, 310-399-2360,
http://www.smallworldbooks. com). Has a "Mystery Annex."
Book Again (5039 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, 310-542-1156). Extensive
collection of used paperbacks. Also some used hard cover.
A Castle of Books (4302 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, 90807, 562-448-2262,
http://www.aCastleofBooks. com/). New and used books, comics,
magazines, movies, etc. "A rather small shop with not a
huge variety of books. But fairly well organized." Open
Mon-Wed 9:30AM-6:30PM. [05/10]
Dave's Olde Book Shop (2123 Artesia Blvd, Redondo Beach, 90278, 310-973-1300,
http://www.davesoldebookshop.com/). "The largest used book
store in the South Bay." Open seven days 10AM-6PM. [05/12]
Once Read Books (5422 Village Rd, Long Beach, 90808, 562-420-1034, FAX
603-804-7792, http://www.oncereadbooks. com/. Used books.
"It's not huge, but it is enjoyable, and I have found several
excellent books on their 25-cent table. I've also found
pleasant surprises in their very small foreign books section.
Very unpredictable." [01/08]
Psychic Eye Books (3902 Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance, 90505, 310-378-7754,
FAX 310-378-9964, http://www.pebooks.com). "A good range of New Age
books, self-help material plus other esoterica." Part of a chain.
Sandpiper Books (4664 Torrance Blvd, NW corner Torrance Blvd and Anza,
Torrance, 310-371-2002). Used books. Many rare and collectible books.
Barnaby Rudge Booksellers (1445 Glenneyre, Laguna Beach, 92651, 949-497-4079,
FAX 949-376-3111). Antiquarian rare and illustrated children's books.
Open Mon-Sat 10AM-5:30PM.
Book Carnival (348 S Tustin, Orange, 714-538-3210). One of the best
mystery *and* SF stores in Southern CA. New, used, and rare, with
lots of signed books and lots of author signings in the store.
Bookman (840 N Tustin Ave, Orange, 92867, 714-538-0166, 800-568-0166,
http://orange.ebookman.com) . They have two storefronts worth of space,
and also have such memorabilia as autographed pictures of
famous movie stars. "I find this store always to have an
exceptional collection of nonfiction books, especially in
Americana and US History. I have found many books there
after fruitless searches through dozens of other stores."
Another poster says, "Large selection and very reasonably
priced." Has a branch in Huntington Beach. Open Mon-Fri
10AM-8PM, Sat 10AM-6PM, Sun 12N-5PM. [11/09]
Books Redux (18508 Yorba Linda Blvd, 714-970-2957). Small store with a
small but diversified collection of fiction and non-fiction.
Shelves are well organized, but aisles are cluttered with piles
Camelot Books (18838 Brookhurst, Fountain Valley, 92708, 714-963-3122;
964 N Tustin Ave, Orange, 92867, 714-771-5882). "General used-
book shop. Unalphabetized. Very reasonable prices."
Don Cannon Books (406 E Commonwealth Ave, #3, Fullerton, 714-449-1739,
FAX 714-449-0810). Film, television, performing arts, SF, fantasy,
mystery, and adventure. Hours by appointment.
Lorson's Books & Prints (116 W Wilshire, Fullerton, 714-526-2523). An
interesting partnership--Joan Lorson sells children's books (new),
while her husband Jim Lorson sells used and rare adult books. They
also have some interesting art available.
University of California, Irvine Bookstore (200 Student Center, University
of California, 800-829-BOOK or 714-824-BOOK, FAX 714-824-8545,
http://www.book.uci.edu). About 70,000 books, academic,
general, technical and medical.
Downtowne Bookstore (3582 Main, Riverside, 92501, 951-682-1082). Used and
DragonMarsh (3643 University Ave, Riverside, 92501, 951-276-1116,
http://www.dragonmarsh.com) . Historical, herbal, metaphysical,
and aromatherapy books. Open Sun-Fri 11AM-6PM, Sat 9AM-6PM.
Renaissance International Books (3772 Elizabeth, Riverside, 92506,
951-369-8843). New and used.
Romantically Inclined (3410 La Sierra Ave, Riverside, 951-354-9743).
Romances. one assumes.
Ventura County and Central California Coast:
Bart's Books (Ojai, 45 miles NW of Los Angeles). "Ojai is a beautiful
area (it was Shangri-La in the film "Lost Horizons"), and the
store is mostly open-air, with a huge selection of all kinds
of used books (one room is for "rare" books.) You can come by
at night and browse the outside shelves, and drop a quarter in
the slot for every one you take."
Chaucers (in an outdoor shopping center at the corner of Las Positas
and State, 805-682-6787, http://www.chaucersbooks.com).
[This is apparently not Ventura County, but it has the same
San Gabriel Valley:
The Book Shop (134 N Citrus Ave, Covina, 91723, 626-967-1888
http://www.bookshopllc.com). "An excellent
second-hand and antiquarian book shop." [01/08]
Huntley Bookstore (175 E Eighth St, Claremont, 909-621-8555). College store
(Claremont Colleges), but lots of general interest books as well.
San Marino Toy & Book Shoppe (2475 Huntington Dr, San Marino, 818-795-5301).
Another large children's store. As of 2/94 they were supposedly
moving to a larger building across the street. [02/94]
Dharma Center Bookstore (7007 Greenleaf Ave, suite 201, 310-907-5873).
Zen, Buddhist, metaphysical books. Tues-Sat 1PM-8PM, Sun 1PM-6PM.
Pegasus Hobbies (6545 Greenleaf Ave, 310-907-4663). Comic books, hobby
supplies. Mon-Fri 11AM-7PM, SAT 10AM-6PM, Sun 12N-4PM.
[Area codes may be wrong.]
Imaginarium, a quality toy store chain which is in the LA area, has a small
but decently selected book section in each of their stores.
[Much of this part contributed by T. Goodman and Charles Trachtenbarg.]
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