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San Francisco Independent Bookstores

Locally owned and independent booksellers in the city

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San Francisco Independent Bookstores

A listing of independent bookstores in San Francisco. Some of the stores have separate event page links. Otherwise, check the main website for readings and other bookstore happenings.

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An expanded list of Bay Area independent bookstores will be available soon. If your store is in San Francisco, Alameda, Marin, or San Mateo County, please feel free to submit information for a possible listing at About San Francisco.

A Different Light Bookstore
Castro (san francisco neighborhood map)
489 Castro Street (at 18th)
San Francisco, CA 94114
Telephone: (415) 431-0891
Excellent selection of gay and lesbian fiction, nonfiction, literature and magazines - *website contains some explicit photographs

Alexander Book Company
SoMa (san francisco neighborhood map)
50 Second Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Telephone: (415) 495-2992
Three floors and more than 50,000 selections

Bird & Beckett
Glen Park (san francisco neighborhood map)
2788 Diamond (at Chenery)
San Francisco, CA 94131
Telephone: (415) 586-6733
Neighborhood favorite with new, used, and collectible books and records
See: Bird & Becket Events

Book Bay - Fort Mason
Fort Mason Center (fort mason map)
Building C, Room 165
San Francisco, CA
Telephone: (415) 771-1076
Quality books at great prices - proceeds benefit the San Francisco Public Library
See: Book Bay Events

Book Bay Main
Civic Center (san francisco neighborhood map)
Main Library at the Grove Street Entrance
30 Grove Street (between Hyde & Larkin)
San Francisco, CA
Telephone: (415) 557-4238
Quality books at great prices - proceeds benefit the San Francisco Public Library
See: Book Bay Events

Books Inc
Locally owned and operated independent bookseller with branches and affiliates throughout San Francisco and the Bay Area
See: Bay Area Books Inc Events

  1. Books Inc / Opera Plaza
    Civic Center (san francisco neighborhood map)
    601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate)
    Telephone: (451) 776-1111

  2. Books Inc / Castro
    Castro District (san francisco neighborhood map)
    2275 Market Street (near 16th)
    Telephone: (415) 864-6777

  3. Books Inc / Laurel Village
    Laurel Heights (san francisco neighborhood map)
    3515 California Street (at Locust)
    Telephone: (415) 221-3666

  4. Books Inc / Marina District
    Marina District (san francisco neighborhood map)
    2251 Chestnut Street (between Pierce & Scott)
    Telephone: (415) 931-3633

Bookshop West Portal
West Portal (san francisco neighborhood map)
80 West Portal Avenue (at Vicente)
San Francisco, CA 94127
Telephone: (415) 564 8080
Locally-owned, neighborhood book shop

Booksmith
Haight (san francisco neighborhood map)
1644 Haight Street (between Clayton & Cole)
San Francisco, CA 94117
Telephone: (415) 863-8688
Neighborhood bookstore open since 1976
See: Booksmith Events

California Historical Society Bookstore
SoMa (san francisco neighborhood map)
678 Mission Street (near 3rd)
San Francisco, CA 94105
Telephone: (415) 357-1848
Good selection of history books and other books of local, city and state interest

City Lights
North Beach (san francisco neighborhood map)
261 Columbus Avenue (at Broadway)
San Francisco, CA 94133
Telephone: (415) 362-8193
San Francisco's best known book store and Beat culture icon of North Beach
See: City Lights Events

Cover to Cover Booksellers
Castro/Noe Valley (san francisco neighborhood map)
1307 Castro Street (at 24th)
San Francisco, CA 94114
Telephone: (415) 282-8080
Book Sense store with selections for adults and children

European Book Company
Nob Hill / Tenderloin (san francisco neighborhood map)
925 Larkin Street (at Cedar)
San Francisco CA 94109
Telephone: (415) 474-0626
Imports directly from France and distributes to libraries, schools, bookstores and the general public

Get Lost Travel Books
Upper Market (san francisco neighborhood map)
1825 Market Street (near Guerrero)
San Francisco, CA 94103
Telephone: (415) 437-0529
Travel books, maps and gear
See: Get Lost Travel Books Events

Green Apple Books & Music
Inner Richmond (san francisco neighborhood map)
506 Clement Street (at 6th)
San Francisco, CA 94118
Telephone: (415) 387-2272
Book destination for 40 years, Green Apple buys, sells, and trades new and used books, CDs, and DVDs

Modern Times Bookstore
Mission District (san francisco neighborhood map)
888 Valencia Street (at 20th)
San Francisco, CA 94110
Telephone: (415) 282-9246
Collectively owned and operated since 1971 and selling both new and used books
See: Modern Times Event Calendar

Russian Hill Bookstore
Russian Hill (san francisco neighborhood map)
2234 Polk Street (between Vallejo & Green)
San Francisco, CA 94109
Telephone: (415) 929-0997
Independently owned store with quality used books bought & sold

Stacey's Books
Financial District (san francisco neighborhood map)
581 Market Street (between 1st & 2nd)
San Francisco, CA 94105
Telephone: (415) 421-4687 or (800) 926-6511
Independent bookstore in business since 1923 - three levels of books in San Francisco's Financial District

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