There’s something really special about browsing local book stores and finding unexpected treasures in the stacks. The lighting, the smell of rustling pages, the quiet solitude… there’s nothing like the experience of a used book store. Not to mention, the incredible discounts! If you’re an avid reader (or collector!) like we are, we know you appreciate a good used book store like we do. That’s why we put together this guide of the best used book stores in Phoenix.
If you’re a local desert dweller, check out all the stores on this list: you never know what hard-to-find novel you’ll stumble across!
Visit These Awesome Used Book Stores in Phoenix for Literary Treasures
Half Price Books buys from the public, so any time their doors are open, each store has a unique assortment of items. Visit today to discover their vast selection of new and used books, music, movies, and games, plus, cool, rare and collectible treasures.
Where: 4322 E Cactus Rd, Phoenix, AZ
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9AM – 10PM, Sunday 10AM – 8PM
Fun fact about Half Price Books: Every single shelf in this store was built by their employees
Bob Oldfather opened his first Bookmans store in Tucson, Arizona back in 1976. Over 40 years later, with six stores in three Arizona markets, Bob’s creativity and willingness to take risks remains the driving force behind Bookmans. At Bookman’s you can find used books, music, instruments, movies, and more!
Where: 8034 N 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 9AM – 10PM
“Bookmans has everything, the staff is super helpful and the prices are great.” – Google reviewer
At Dog Eared Pages Used Books store, you can find a wide selection of secondhand, rare, independently published, and out-of-print books. They also offer open mic nights, cultural events, and a reading room.
Where: 16428 N 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85032
Hours: Monday – Friday 10AM – 6PM, Saturday 12PM – 5PM
“This is my ABSOLUTE favorite place 💕 Great variety and great customer service.” – C., Google Reviewer
Changing Hands is Arizona’s leading independent bookstore, offering new and used books, unique gifts, toys, and more than 300 author events every year.
In Tempe, Arizona since 1974, Changing Hands opened a second location in 2014 at The Newton, an innovative adaptive reuse project that re-purposed the iconic Beef Eaters restaurant in central Phoenix. This second location (at 300 West Camelback Road) is home to Changing Hands’ own First Draft Book Bar, one of a small handful “book bars” in the U.S. that serve wine, beer, and coffee drinks in addition to book and event offerings.
Where: 300 West Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9AM – 10PM, Sunday 9AM – 8PM
“This place is awesome! They have a great variety of books and even author signings. They have great events for kids. Their staff is friendly and always helpful.” – Rose James, Facebook Reviewer
While not technically a brick and mortar establishment, the VNSA Used Book Sale is a huge annual Phoenix event. More than 60 years ago, VNSA began as the Visiting Nurse Service Auxiliary. The first VNSA Used Book Sale, held in 1957 as a fundraiser for the nonprofit Visiting Nurse Service, raised about $900.
In the mid-1980’s the Visiting Nurse Service was purchased by a large hospital corporation. The members of VNSA wanted to continue to support human services in the Phoenix area. With name and brand recognition already well-known, we kept the “VNSA” initials and became Volunteer Nonprofit Service Association. The VNSA Used Book Sale continues, and all sale proceeds benefit local non-profit service agencies.
When: Save the date for February 8th and 9th, 2020!
Where: Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85007
“Great idea, wonderful event for the whole family.” Trevor K., Google Reviewer
This Phoenix secondhand bookstore boasts a large selection of collectible copies plus current titles. Rated by the Phoenix New Times as 2011’s Best Collectible Bookstore, avid collectors are sure to find exactly what they’re looking for.
Where: 3615 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10AM – 6PM, Sunday 12PM – 5PM
“One of the best book stores I’ve ever been in! There are so many original copies in excellent condition. The store is very well organized and all books are located in beautiful cases and shelves. The staff was very friendly and welcoming. Mike was extremely knowledgeable on the material and was able to answer any questions. I will definitely be frequenting this store!” – Amber B., Google Reviewer
“Take in deep breaths as you step into old world…Not easy to find a Phoenix book store, but this place has a book for everyone. From children’s books to first edition classics, Book Gallery has a neatly organized collection to share.” Kevin U., Google Reviewer
Add one (or all!) of these locations to your weekend bucket list to get out of the heat and find a new favorite for your nightstand.
Buying books online is all well and good, but sometimes a true book lover needs to browse in person, feel the pages, and admire the cover art. If you’ve been missing the time-honored tradition of literary lovers (i.e. book browsing) check out these six used book stores in Phoenix. You might even find a few new favorites to add to your shelves!
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