Used Book Buying Policy

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Please note: There will not be a used book buyer available in the store Tuesday, July 4th through Tuesday, July 11th. 

Used books only comprise a small part of our stock, therefore we are quite selective in buying them. Please keep the following guidelines in mind when selecting books to sell to us.

  • We do not buy used textbooks, encyclopedias, or outdated materials such as computer manuals or travel guides more than a year old. We do not buy magazines.
  • In general, we do not buy fiction in hardcover, only paperback.
  • We are usually not interested in used cookbooks, self-help books, diet and health books, business books, popular biographies or children's books.
  • We are most interested in literary fiction, mysteries, art, photography, architecture, history, hard science (not nature), and scholarly press books.
  • We buy rare and antiquarian books. Please call ahead to discuss if you feel you have something that falls into this category. Ask for Jason.
  • All books must be clean and unmarked with no cracking or bending of the spine in order to be considered.
  • It is always wise to call ahead before bringing in books to make sure there is a buyer available. Most days the book buyer leaves between 5 and 6pm. Make sure to bring a photo ID with you when you sell books--we require it for all cash payments. If the amount is greater than $50, we may choose to write you a check. We will also always offer you a slightly higher amount in store credit if you would prefer to replenish your bookshelves.

We do not accept donations. If you're looking for a place to donate used books, we suggest the following places. Please contact each shop individually for guidelines and hours they accept donations.