Long Beach is a city that seemingly has it all.
Included in that broad sphere of what this city has to offer are geared more toward bibliophiles. Bookstores, to be precise.
But these bookstores that lay spread out in this city aren’t your ordinary Barnes & Noble you can find in most major cities.
These here consist of used book stores.
You’re probably wondering, why would I want to go to a used bookstore instead of a new one?
Well, you certainly can. But the atmosphere, selection, and overall vibe of the store is completely different than a new bookstore.
Used bookstores typically have out of print books that you can’t get at many places. Don’t be surprised to find signed copies of books either.
Here is our list of some of the best, used bookstores in Long Beach, CA in no particular order.
If you aren’t a fan of vintage books right now, you just might be by the end of this article.
Let’s dive in.
Best Used Bookstores in Long Beach, CA
Once Read Books has a large selection of hard to find, out of print, used, and rare books.
Over 35,000 of them to be more specific.
You can find books of almost every genre at their brick and mortar location.
Also check out their website for more information on books, searching for specific books in stock, their trading and purchasing policy, and more.
You can also buy virtual gift cards for your friends and family.
Monday – Saturday 10am-7pm
Sunday 12-5 pm
Mail Order Phone Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 10-7 pm
2. Planet Books
Planet Books has a huge collection of used books here, but that’s certainly not all they have.
They carry vintage toys, mid-century books, posters, and collectibles. This establishment is a true dream for vintage collectors.
Plant Books also has a selection of featured items that are all signed by their creators including lithographs, maps, old books, and cool posters.
You can purchase these cool items online or in-store. We recommend visiting the store in person to get the full experience.
3917 E Anaheim St
Long Beach, CA 90804
Monday: 11:30 am – 6pm
Tuesday: 11:30 am – 6pm
Wednesday: 11:30 am – 6pm
Thursday: 11:30 am – 6pm
Friday: 11:30 am – 6pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 5pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 5pm
3. Gatsby Books
Gatsby Books is a delightful independent used bookstore that offers a great selection of books at affordable prices, both new and old.
They are known for their stellar customer service in helping you find a book you’re looking for, or even recommending something new.
While you’re there perusing the store for some awesome books, you might just run into, or be nuzzled by the bookstore cat named Ruby. She makes for an entertaining visit!
Gatsby also offers services including book readings and their The Black Swan Book Club.
Make sure to pay them a visit and enjoy some free coffee while you’re at it.
5535 E Spring St
Long Beach, CA 90808
Monday: 10:00 am – 6pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am – 6pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am – 6pm
Thursday: 10:00 am – 6pm
Friday: 10:00 am – 6pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 6pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 5pm
Much like Rage Against the Machine, their motto is ‘Fightin’ words for mass defiance, empowerment, and self-reliance!’
PATM is a proudly independent bookstore with knowledgeable and friendly staff, carrying a large selection of books ranging from genres including:
- Activism & Organizing
- Cool & Unusual Nourishment
- Music & Film
- Science & Medicine
- Humor & Comics
- And much more
According to their website, they are able to ‘special order most books that are newer and/or still in print.’ Very handy, and here is how you go about doing that.
One reviewer says –
“Books aren’t dead. Even more lively here, I immediately loved the small intimate feel of the store- original choice of literature and products, I love it!”
When in Long Beach, make sure to check this one out. You’ll be glad you did.
2714 E 4th St
Long Beach, CA 90814
Monday: 11:00 am – 6pm
Tuesday: 11:00 am – 6pm
Wednesday: 11:00 am – 6pm
Thursday: 11:00 am – 6pm
Friday: 11:00 am – 6pm
Saturday: 11:00 am – 6pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 6pm
Fingerprints Music, as the name implies, is considered more of a record store than a used bookstore.
While music is the dominant factor here, their great selection of used books brings many people in just for that reason. They have a comfortable couch located nearby to seat those who want to relax and read.
This establishment makes for a great place to visit because of their variety of things that they sell and can have you walking around here for hours. Alongside their books and music (including vinyls, CD’s and cassettes), they also sell cool posters, knickknacks, memorabilia, and toys.
One reviewer comments –
“This is such a fun store, I’ve been here several times, it’s a perfect spot to go treasure hunting, especially if you love art and music.”
They even have live performers from local bands, as well as meet and greets and signings.
420 E 4th St
Long Beach, CA 90802
Monday: 10:00 am – 9:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am – 9:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am – 9:00pm
Thursday: 10:00 am – 9:00pm
Friday: 10:00 am – 10:00pm
Saturday: 110:00 am – 10:00pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 9:00pm
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