Saturday, March 15, 2014

10 Used Bookstores in Bay Area

About a week ago, the Mercury News ran an article called Bay Area's used bookstores:  A dog-eared guide.  The author of the article listed 10 used bookstores in the Bay Area that are worth visiting.  I was happy, nay thrilled, to see Recycle's 2 stores (on The Alameda in San Jose and on Campbell Avenue in Campbell, which is where I roost on Sunday mornings) on the list.  Here are the 10.

1) BookBuyers. Named Best Bookstore of 2013 by the Mountain View Voice. 317 Castro St., Mountain View, 650-968-7323,

2) Dark Carnival. A sci-fi/fantasy paradise. 3086 Claremont Ave., Berkeley, 510-654-7323,

3) Know Knew Books. Only open a few months, it's the opposite of the dusty/musty bookstore. Open, airy and vintage jewelry too. 366 State St., Los Altos, 650-326-9355,

4) Moe's Books. Berkeley's famous Telegraph Avenue store was recently honored with a historic plaque for its 55 years in business. 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, 510-849-2087,

5) B Street Books. Lew Cohen opened the shop five years ago after 30 years as a private investigator. 301 South B St., San Mateo, 650-343-2800,

6) The Book Shop. A downtown Hayward institution, The Book Shop has been in business since 1960. 1007 B St., Hayward, 510-538-3943,

7) Recycle Books. More than 100,000 titles are in stock at the two South Bay locations. The bookstore cats are faves with customers. 1066 The Alameda, San Jose, 408-286-6275, and 275 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell, 408-370-3514.

8) Kayo Books. Vintage paperbacks from the 1940s to 1970s with the suggestive slogan, "Is that a paperback in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?" 814 Post St., San Francisco, 415-749-0554,

9) Swan's Fine Books. 1381 Locust St., Walnut Creek. Another new shop, this store was opened in May 2013 by Laurelle Swan, formerly in the software sales industry. 925-935-1190,

10) Spectator Books. Books are shelved to the rafters in this labyrinthine store. 4163 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, 510-653-7300,


  1. I love this list and am keeping it for my book buying days.

  2. Have you been to Recycle in Campbell? It's a great bookstore. I park myself in front of Recycle every Sunday morning for a couple of hours during Campbell's Farmers' Market and recommend books. It's a great gig.