Bookstores in the District of Columbia


Last change: 
29 Nov 2018


Dupont Circle 
North part of the city 
White House 
Alexandria VA 
Arlington VA 
Berryville VA 
Centreville VA 
Chantilly VA 
Fairfax VA 
Falls Church VA 
Manassas VA 
Reston VA 
Springfield VA 
Vienna VA 
Woodbridge VA 
Annapolis MD 
Bethesda MD 
MD miscellaneous 
College Park MD 
Columbia MD 
Damascus MD 
Ellicott City MD 
Frederick MD 
Gaithersburg MD 
Germantown MD
Glenwood MD 
Kensington MD 
Laurel MD 
Rockville MD 
Silver Spring MD
Waldorf MD 
Wheaton MD 
White Plains MD
other geographic areas 

[Note 0:  These lists were started thirty years ago, before search engines, 
Yelp, and so on.  Because those are now available, these listings will 
include only places that are noteworthy, or have substantive descriptions, 
or have been visited by me.  Old "minimalist" listings will remain as long 
as the stores are open, but no new "minimalist" entries will be added.]

[Note 1:  This list includes cities surrounding Washington DC.  Baltimore 
MD, however, is in the Eastern United States list.] 

[Note 2: I collected these comments from a variety of people.  I personally 
have no knowledge of many of these places and take no responsibility if you 
buy a book you don't enjoy. :-)   Phone numbers and precise addresses can be 
gotten by calling directory assistance for the appropriate city.  Call ahead 
for precise hours, as even when I list them they are subject to change.] 

[Note 3: If you can add information for any of these, in particular 
addresses when they are missing, please send it to me.  *PLEASE SPECIFY CITY 

[Note 4: Area codes change so quickly these days that these may be wrong.] 

[Note 5: My listings for "superstores" are minimal; those are easy to 
find, generally fairly standard, and not worth the time to keep 
updating them.]


John Alvey writes: 

In 1979 Henry Turlington published a guide to Washington's bookstores 
called Washington Used and Rare.  At the end he gave a list of 50 
bookstores.  Of those 50, only three are still in the same place, with 
the same name and the same owners and the turnover is still continuing, 
so just because a store is mentioned here in or in one the books does 
not mean that it will be there tomorrow.  

Adams-Morgan (the culturally diverse area East of Connecticut Avenue 
and North of the Washington Hilton): 

Editorial El Mundo (1796 Columbia Rd NW, 20009, 202-387-8716).  New 
	books, magazines and newspapers in Spanish.  Open Mon-Fri 
	9AM-7PM, Sat-Sun 10AM-6PM.  
Idle Time (moved--was 2467 18th NW, 20009, 202-232-4774.  Good general 
	used books.  Very good SF selection.  Open 11AM-10PM seven 
	days a week.  [10/03]

U Street Corridor:

Busboys and Poets (2021 14th NW, between U and V, 20009, 202-387-7638,  Open Mon-Thu, Sun 10AM-12M; 
	Fri-Sat 10AM-2AM.

Dupont Circle: 
Books for America (1417 22nd NW, 20037, 202-835-2665,  Bookstore operated by a 
	non-profit organization.  "We have an impressive selection of 
	new and used books all at used book prices (and quite 
	inexpensive at that!)  Most books are $1-$5, including 
	brand-new, first-run books."  Also CDs and DVDs.  [08/06]
Candida's World of Books (1541 14th NW, 20005, 202-667-4811, FAX 
	202-667-4813,  Travel 
	and international.  Open Tue-Sat 10AM-9PM, Sun 12N-6PM.  [01/08]
Ginza (1721 Connecticut Ave NW, 20009, 202-331-7991).  A few blocks 
	north of Dupont Circle.  A Japanese store which carries some 
	books on things Japanese.  Open Mon-Sat 10AM-7PM, Sun 12N-6PM.  
Kramerbooks/Afterwords (1517 Connecticut Ave NW just north of Dupont Cir, 
	20036, 202-387-1400, FAX 202-232-7481).  Smallish bookstore, 
	but good selection and nice cafe in the back.  One says, "Very 
	good collection of political science and technical works" but 
	another responds, "It's a nice place, but I think the focus of 
	this version of Kramer's is much more towards non-political 
	subjects.  For really good political and history selections, 
	one needs to go to a mainline Kramer's store.  The 
	magazine/journal selection in this particular store leaves 
	much to be desired.  This is really unacceptable by DC 
	standards.  Think of Kramerbooks/Afterwards as a place where 
	people go to forget about politics.  The parent store is Sidney 
	Kramer Books.  Open Mon-Thu 7:30AM-1AM, Fri 7AM-Sat 12M.  
Second Story Books (2000 P St NW one block west of Dupont Cir at 20th, 
	20036, 202-659-8884, FAX 202-659-8884,; see also Rockville MD, 
	and Baltimore MD).  Used books (and records).  
	"Largest selection of any of the used book stores I go to (I 
	look for paperback fiction and history, mostly)."  Fiction 
	semi-alphabetized (i.e., all the "A"s are together, etc.), but 
	SF is not alphabetized at all.  The best used bookstore in 
	Washington if you are interested in reasonably priced and varied 
	stock.  They have a very fast turnover, seem to get excellent 
	quality books in all the main subjects and prices are reasonable, 
	though not cheap.  Stock which does not turn over makes its way 
	to the Rockville warehouse where it is sold at half price.  Open 
	10AM-10PM seven days a week.  [10/03]  


Georgetown had seemed to be recovering as a used book center, but over the 
years 2000-2002, lost most of its mainstays.  To get to Georgetown can be 
tricky.  Parking is difficult and there is no subway.  (The nearest is at 
Foggy Bottom.  You can walk from it on a nice day but it is 7-10 blocks 
away--turn left out of the subway and then left onto Pennsylvania Avenue 
at Washington Circle.)  

Barnes and Noble (M Street at Thomas Jefferson and 31st, 
	Georgetown).  New store which opened November 1995.  
Bartleby's Books (3034 M St NW at Jefferson, second floor, 20007, 
	202-298-0486,  "A high-quality 
	used book store with a superb stock of Americana, including 
	pre-20th century US history and regional Americana; also 
	economics, art, literature, particularly foreign literature in 
	English translation."  Open Tue-Sat 10:30AM-3:30PM.  [07/03]  
Bridge Street Books (2814 Pennsylvania Ave NW, 20007, 202-347-4590).  
	Good general new books.  Open Mon-Thu 10AM-7PM, Fri-Sat 
	10AM-11PM, Sun 1PM-6PM.  
Georgetown University Leavey Center Bookshop (3800 Reservoir Rd NW, 
	20057, 202-687-7482, FAX 202-687-7925).  University-oriented 
	books.  Georgetown University is to the northwest of 
	Georgetown, well away from the center and Reservoir Road is the 
	northern end of the University.  There is a separate law bookstore 
	at 600 New Jersey Avenue (202-662-9458, FAX 202-662-9472), which is 
	the other side of town, near the Capitol and a separate medical 
	bookstore at 3900 Reservoir Road (202-687-1268, FAX 202-687-3186).  
	Open Mon-Fri 9AM-8PM, Sat-Sun 11AM-5PM.  
Lantern-Bryn Mawr (3241 P St NW, 20007, 202-333-3222).  The bookstore of 
	Bryn Mawr alumnae but surprisingly good for a charity store.  (One 
	reader says this has the best selection of any used bookstore in 
	the area.)  Open Wed-Fri 11AM-4PM, Sat 11AM-5PM, Sun 12N-4PM.  

North part of the city: 

Glover Books & Music (2319 Wisconsin Ave NW, 202-338-8100).  Small 
	general bookstore, next to FreshFields in the Glover Park 
	neighborhood (just north of Georgetown).
National Zoo (30001 Connecticut Ave NW, 20008, 202-673-4967, 
	FAX 202-673-4738).  New books about animals.  Open 9AM-6PM seven 
	days a week.  
Politics and Prose (5015 Connecticut Ave NW at Nevada, 20008, 
	800-722-0790 or 202-364-1919, FAX 202-966-7532,  A full-service bookstore.  
	Recent fiction and current affairs, politics.  Often has 
	authors speaking.  Open Sun-Thu 9AM-10PM, Fri-Sat 9AM-12M.  
Pyramid Bookstore (2849 Georgia Ave NW, 20001, 202-328-0190 or 
	202-265-6921).  Near Howard University.  New books of 
	African-American interest.  Open 11AM-7PM seven days a week.  
Tempo Bookstore (4905 Wisconsin Ave NW, 20016, 202-363-6683).  Small 
	foreign-language bookstore.  There are better ones around.  
University of the District of Columbia Bookstore (4200 Connecticut Ave NW, 
	20008, 202-282-7447).  University-oriented books.  Open Mon, 
	Thu, Fri 9AM-4PM; Tue-Wed 9AM-6PM.  


Backstage, Inc., The Performing Arts Store (545 8th SE, 20003, 
	202-544-5744,  Theater books; a very 
	small amount of cinema.  They also carry makeup, costumes, 
	scripts, tapes and videos and other theater paraphernalia.  
	Moved from 21st NW and P.  Open Mon-Wed and Fri-Sat 10AM-6PM, 
	Thu 10AM-8PM.  [03/07]
Bookworks/Washington Projects for the Arts (400 7th St NW, 20004, 
	202-347-4590, FAX 202-347-8393).  Located in a basement.  Has 
	good books on modern art, literature and the like.  Open 
	Tue-Sat 11AM-6PM.  
Capitol Hill Books (657 C St SE, 20003, 202-544-1621).  Used books, 
	especially classics and history.  Open Mon-Fri 11:30AM-6PM, 
	Sat-Sun 9AM-6PM.  [07/03]
Folger Shakespeare Library Shop (201 E Capitol St SE, 20003, 
	202-544-4600 or 202-544-4623).  New books on Shakespeare and 
	Elizabethan England.  Open Mon-Sat 10AM-4PM.  
Fords Theatre Museum Bookshop (511 Tenth St NW, 20004, 202-426-0179).  
	Fords Theatre is the theater where Lincoln was assassinated and 
	is currently managed by the National Park Service.  The 
	bookstore carries books on Lincoln, the assassination and the 
	Civil War.  Open 9AM-5PM seven days a week.  
Freer Gallery of Art Museum Shop (Jefferson Drive at 12th St SW, 20560, 
	202-357-2700).  A lovely gallery, containing both a fine 
	collection of Oriental art and a fine collection of American art, 
	with lots of Whistler.  The bookstore has books on these topics.  
	Open 10AM-5:30PM seven days a week.   
Library of Congress Sales Shop (main Jefferson Building, 20540-4985, 
	202-707-0204).  Specializing in US history and Library of Congress 
	publications.  Museum is open Mon-Sat 10AM-5PM.  
National Air and Space Museum Bookshop, Independence Avenue at 6th St 
	NW, 20560, 202-357-1387).  New books on air and space topics in 
	the nation's most-visited museum.  Open 10AM-6:30PM seven days 
	a week.  
National Archives Museum Store (Constitution Avenue btwn 7th & 9th), 
	20408, 202-501-5235).  New books on US history, politics, 
	archives.  Open 10AM-9PM seven daya a week April-Labor Day, 
	10AM-5:30PM seven days a week Labor Day-March 31.  
National Gallery of Art Bookstore (Constitution Avenue at 6th NW, 
	20565, 202-842-6466, FAX 202-842-4043).  New books on art.  
	Open Mon-Sat 10AM-5PM, Sun 11AM-6PM.  
National Museum of African Art (950 Independence Avenue SW, 20560, 
	202-257-4600).  New books on Africa and African art.  Open 
	10AM-5:30PM seven days a week.  
National Museum of American Art (8th & G Streets NW, 20560, 
	202-357-1545).  New books on American art.  Open 10AM-5:30PM 
	seven days a week.  
National Museum of American History (Constitution Ave at 14th St NW, 
	20560, 202-357-1527).  New books in the field of American 
	history.  Open 10AM-5:30PM seven days a week.  
National Museum of the American Indian (Bowling Green).  Bookshop.  
National Museum of Natural History (10th and Constitution Ave NW, 
	20560, 202-357-1536).  New books on natural history 
	(including dinosaurs).  Open 10AM-5:30PM seven days a week.  
National Museum of Women in the Arts (1250 New York Ave NW, 20005, 
	202-783-5000).  New books on art created by women and women 
	in the arts.  Open Mon-Sat 10AM-5PM, Sun 12N-5PM.  
National Portrait Gallery (8th and G NW, 20560, 202-357-1447).  New 
	art books.  Open 10AM-5:15PM seven days a week.  
Pórtico ((1350 New York Ave NW, 20577, 202-312-4186,  New books in Spanish from Fondo 
	and a variety of other publishers as well as DVDs of Latin 
	American films.  [11/10]
Reprint Bookstore (456 LEnfant Plaza SW, 20024, 202-554-5070).  An 
	independent, new book store, with a good tradition of service 
	and a good stock of books of local interest and, of course, 
	politics.  Open Mon-Fri 9AM-6PM.  
Riverby Books (417 E Capitol SE, 20003, 202-543-4342,  Used, 25,000 volumes.  
	Politics, history, etc.  Also has a branch in 
	Fredericksburg, VA.  Open daily 10AM-6PM.  (No idea if this 
	includes Sundays.)  [06/10]
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Shop (950 Independence Ave SW, 20560, 
	202-357-4880).  It's a lovely gallery (Oriental art) and the 
	bookstore sells books to match.  Open 10AM-5:30PM seven days a week.  
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Store (100 Raoul Wallenberg 
	Place SW, 20024-2150, 202-488-0419 and 202-488-0455, FAX 
	202-488-2606,  Near the Independence Avenue 
	exit of the Smithsonian (Orange/Blue Line) subway stop.  Open daily 
	except Yom Kippur and Christmas 10AM-5:20PM.  

White House: 

American Institute of Architects/Rizzoli (1735 New York Ave NW, Washington 
	DC 20006, 202-626-7475, FAX 202-626-7420.  New books on architecture, 
	design, etc.  Open Mon-Fri 8:30AM-5PM.  
Franz Bader (1911 I St NW, 20006, 202-337-5440).  Near Farragut West 
	subway station (18th St exit).  Good-quality books in the 
	field of art and design.  Note that the address is the letter I 
	and not the number 1.  Open Mon-Sat 10AM-6PM.  
Chapters Literary Bookstore (11th St. and Pennsylvania Ave, 20005, 
	202-347-5495).  "Robin and Terry and their staff really know 
	and love books and are extraordinarily helpful.  Yes, the 
	stock has a primarily literary bent but they will recommend 
	and/or get what you want.  They also have a frequent buyer 
	plan.  Regular book buyers should shop here."  Open Mon-Fri 
	10AM-6:30PM, Sat 11AM-5PM.  [06/03]  
George Washington University Bookstore (Marvin Center, 800 21st St NW, 
	20052, 202-994-6870).  University-oriented books.  Open during 
	the school year Mon-Thu 9AM-7PM, Fri 9AM-5PM, Sat 11AM-4PM.  
Health Source Bookstore (1404 K St NW, 20005, 800-713-7122 or 
	202-789-7303, FAX 202-789-7899,  
	New books on health topics.  Open Mon-Fri 10AM-6PM, Sat 11AM-5PM.  
Reiter's Scientific and Technical Bookstore (2021 K St NW, 20006, 
	800-537-4314 or 202-223-3327, FAX 202-296-9103,  They have a very broad stock of 
	technical books.  One person thinks their used math and 
	physics books are priced on the high side.  Open Mon-Fri 
	9AM-7:30PM, Sat 9:30AM-6PM, Sun 12N-5PM.  [11/06]
Washington Law Book Company (1900 G St NW, 20006, 202-371-6667, 
	FAX 202-289-6203).  New and used law books.  Open Mon-Fri 
	9:30AM-6PM, Sat 10AM-5PM.  
World Bank Bookstore (701 18th St NW, 20433, 202-473-2941, FAX 
	202-477-0604 (for orders 202-676-0581).  New books published by 
	the World Bank in the field of finance, development, economics, 
	environment, etc.  Open Mon-Fri 10AM-4PM.  



Though Fairfax County is one of the richest and most educated counties 
in the United States, the quality of bookstores in the county is very 
low.  You'll do much better in DC or MD, though Arlington and Alexandria 
have a few good stores.  Note that the city designations used here are 
those defined by the US Post Office.  These do not conform to the 
boundaries of the local jurisdictions.  Thus, several of the stores 
mentioned as being in Alexandria are in Fairfax County and not in the 
City of Alexandria.  The same applies to Falls Church, Fairfax, 
Manassas and Vienna.  Note that, unless you have lived in the area for 
at least twenty years, you are certain to get lost.  

Alexandria VA: 

Already Read Used Books (2501 Duke, Alexandria, 703-299-8406,  Used books; 15,000 
	books.  Specializes in SF, mystery, and history, but also has 
	a large selection of general interest books.  The store is 
	actually on an access road that is north of the street, and 
	has to be accessed via West Taylor Run Parkway to get to the 
	access road (see their web site for directions.  Open Mon-Fri 
	11AM-9PM, Sat 10AM-9PM, Sun 12N-6PM.  [08/08]
Bird-In-The-Cage Antiques (110 King, Alexandria, 703-549-5114).  
Blue and Gray Books and Prints (210 King, second floor, Alexandria  
	22314, 703-739-9849).  A Civil War bookstore.  Open Sun-Thu 
	12N-6PM, Fri-Sat 12N-9PM.  
Book Bank (1510 King, 22314, 703-838-3620 or 703-598-6988,  Over 20,000 used books, 
	hardback and paperback.  Good SF and mystery sections.  Open 
	Mon-Thu 11:30-5PM, Fri-Sat 11AM-6:30PM, Sun 12:30N-5PM.  [12/07]
Book Rack (7001 J Manchester Blvd, Alexandria 22310, 703-780-2325).  
	Used bookstore, mainly paperback.  Open Mon-Thu 11AM-7PM, 
	Fri-Sat 10AM-6PM, Sun 12N-5PM.  
Comic & Card Collectorama (2008 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, 22301, 
	703-548-3466).  [12/07]
One Good Tern (1710 Fern, Alexandria 22302, 800-432-8376 or 
	703-820-8376).  New books on nature and the environment as well as 
	nature and bird paraphernalia.  Open Mon, Wed, Fri 10AM-6PM; 
	Tue, Thu 10AM-8PM; Sat 9AM-6PM; Sun 12N-5PM.  
Ptak Science Books (810 N Fairfax, Alexandria 22314, 703-683-6837, FAX 
	703-684-6843,  One block west of the river 
	and 8 blocks north of King St.  Used and antiquarian science books 
	and maps.  Open Wed-Sat 12N-5PM.  
Voyages Books and Art (209 Madison Ave, Alexandria 22304, 703-739-2484).  
	"They are in the Washington Antiques Center (at the back) at Madison 
	and North Fairfax.  Relatively small stock of used and antiquarian 
	books.  Despite the name I found very few travel books but a more 
	general stock."  Open 11AM-6PM seven days a week.  

Arlington VA: 
Bookhouse (805 N Emerson, Arlington 22205, 703-527-7797,  Off Wilson Blvd by Safeway and a 
	couple of blocks from George Mason.  The store is in what 
	used to be a private house.  High-quality used and rare 
	book store, with an emphasis on history and art.  Open 
	Wed-Sun 1PM-6PM.  [01/07]  
Friends of the Arlington Public Library.  Twice-a-year book sales.
	"The selection is huge and surprisingly good."  [03/08]

Berryville VA: 

Berryville Old Book Shop (17 E Main, Berryville 22611, 540-955-7070,  Self-described as "a delightful 
	assortment for all readers, emphasizing History, Military, 
	Children's."  Open Thu-Sat 12N-5PM; also Fri evenings in 
	summer.  [10/03]  

Chantilly VA: 

C&W Used Books (13888 Metro Tech Dr, Sully Place Shopping Center, 
	Chantilly, 703-968-7323).  Similar to their store in 
	Woodbridge VA.  "Both are very well organized and tend to 
	carry very clean copies of the used books.  To my tastes the 
	one in Chantilly is slightly superior but I can't put my 
	finger on why."  

Culpeper VA: 

Ace Books (120 W Culpeper, 22701).  {11/06]

Falls Church VA: 

Hole in the Wall (905 W Broad, Falls Church 22046, 703-536-2511).  It's 
	in a private house on the left (as you going towards Tysons Corner).  
	SF, fantasy, and strange odds and ends.  Open Mon-Fri 10AM-8PM, 
	Sat-Sun 10AM-6PM.  [10/03]  
Mike's Books (5618 Columbia Pike, Falls Church 22041, 703-820-5050).  In 
	a small mall behind Bailey's Crossroads, on the left just past 
	Circuit City (if you are traveling east).  Look for the Craven Tire 
	sign.  This may well be the name of the store (at least according 
	to owner Mike Hardisty) but the sign on the door says Mike's TV, as 
	Mike is primarily a TV and stereo repair guy.  He decided to use 
	some spare space to get rid of his surplus books and the bookstore 
	idea blossomed from there.  Though the stock is small and you will 
	have to climb over old TVs to see it, it is surprisingly good and 
	pretty cheap.  Good on history, particularly Civil War and WWII 
	(Mike's heroes are Sherman and Patton) but used books in other 
	areas as well.  [Stay tuned on this, as the owner died 12 Oct 1997, 
	and no one is sure what will happen with the store.]  Open Mon-Fri 
	10AM-6PM, Sat 10AM-2PM.  
Scriblerus (250 W Broad, Falls Church 22043, 703-573-4114,  Antiquarian books, scholarly 
	editions, antique maps.  Open Mon-Sat 10AM-5PM, Sun 12N-5PM.  

Manassas VA: 

Hole in the Wall Books.  Someone said there was a branch of the Falls 
	Church store in Manassas.  [06/04]  
Mc Kay Used Books Inc (8389 Sudley Rd, Manaport Plaza, Manassas 
	20109, 703-361-9042).  "Mainly paperback and cheap hardback 
	used books."  Also CDs and videos.  Open Mon-Sat 9AM-10PM, 
	Sun 10AM-8PM.  [10/03]  
Propero's Books (9121 Center, Manassas 20110, 703-257-7895).  General 
	used bookstore, including history, Civil War, fiction (quite 
	a few old novels).  Reasonable prices.  Open Mon-Sat 10AM-8PM, 
	Fri 10AM-9PM, Sun 12N-6PM.  [03/06]

The Manassas National Battlefield Site at Sudley has a good stock of 
new books on the Civil War, particularly on the two battles of 
Manassas/Bull Run.  On the other hand, it's skimpier than many other 
National Battlefield bookstores.  

Reston VA: 

Reston's Used Book Shop (1623 Washington Plaza, Reston 22090, 
	703-435-9772,  From Reston Parkway, right 
	onto Baron Cameron (660), right on Village Road, left on 
	Northshore, immediate right into Lake Anne Parking Area.  
	General used stock, reasonable prices.  Open Apr-Dec 
	Mon 10AM-6PM, Tue-Sat 10AM-9PM, Sun 12N-9PM; Jan-Mar 
	Mon-Sat 10AM-7PM, Sun 12N-5PM..  

Springfield VA: 

Barnes & Noble.  [11/04]
Jeff's Baseball Corner (5222 Port Royal Rd, Springfield 22150, 
	703-321-9209, FAX 703-321-8881).  "Specializing in out-of-print 
	sports books, periodicals, magazines, memorabilia" per the ad in 
	the phone book.  Open Mon-Fri 10AM-8PM, Sat 10AM-6PM, Sun 12N-5PM.  

Woodbridge VA: 

C&W Used Books (14583 Potomac Mills Rd, Woodbridge 22192-6808, 
	703-491-7323).  "The best used bookstore I've shopped.  (Please 
	take that with a grain of salt, as this is the first major 
	metropolitan area in which I've lived).  Their selection is as 
	large as I've seen, organized by genre, and alphabetically; 
	their prices are very reasonable (which is rare enough in this 
	area); and they encourage book donations for store credit.  
	They have a large genre sections, as well as a small selection 
	of audio CDs and comics."  



Better than Virginia, particularly Bethesda, though Wonder Book in 
Frederick is probably the largest used bookstore in the area.  

Annapolis MD: 

Crawford's Nautical Books (4815 Fairbank Rd, Tilghman Island 21671, 
	410-886-2230, FAX 410-886-2438,  
	Open Apr-Dec Sat-Sun 10AM-6PM.  [10/03]  
Unicorn Bookshop (US Route 50, Trappe MD 21673, 410-476-3838,  Used books, emphasizing local 
	history, hunting and fishing, and military history.  Open 
	daily 9AM-5PM.  [10/03]  

Bethesda MD: 

Audubon Naturalist Society (8940 Jones Mill Rd, Chevy Chase MD 20815, 
	301-652-9188,  The gift shop 
	and bookstore is located in the Woodend Mansion, the Society's 
	headquarters.  Beginning and advanced birding field guides, other 
	nature-oriented titles.  
R. Quick, Bookseller (7115 Wisconsin Ave, inside Montgomery Farm 
	Women's Coop Market, Bethesda MD 20714, 301-652-2291 or 
	301-654-5030, FAX 301-654-5030,  
	Used classics, literature, philosophy, etc.  Open Wed, Sat 
	8AM-4PM.  [10/03]  

MD misceppaneous: 

Karibu Books (Prince George's Plaza, 3500 East/West Highway, 
	Hyattsville MD 20782, 301-559-1140; Iverson Mall, 3817 Branch 
	Ave, Hillcrest Heigts MD 20748, 301-899-3730; Forest Village 
	Park Mall, 3289 B Donnell Dr, Forestville MD 20747; 
	301-736-6170; Pentagon City Mall, 1100 S Hayes, Arlington VA 
	22202, 703-415-1118;  
	Specializing in "books by and about people of African 
	descent."  Main store open Mon-Sat 10AM-9:30PM, Sun 
	11AM-6PM; others the same or slightly shorter hours.  [11/08]  

College Park MD: 

Book Nook II (143 Delaware Ave NE, Glen Burnie, 21061, 410-766-5758).  
	General stock.  Open Mon-Tue, Thu-Sat 10AM-5PM, Wed 10AM-7PM.  
Maryland Book Exchange (4500 College Park, College Park MD 20740, 
	301-927-2510).  An above-average technical/university bookstore with 
	some used books.  Every ten years they have a half-price book sale 
	(that's right, new books half-price) but, unfortunately, the last 
	one was in 1994 so you'll have a long wait till the next one.  Open 
	Mon-Fri 9AM-6PM, Sat 10AM-5PM, Sun 12N-5PM, closed Sun in summer.  
	(From I-95, take exit 25 (US 1) south about 2.5 miles; on left at 
	College Avenue.)  

Columbia MD: 

Basset Books (6925-G Oakland Mills Rd, 21045, 410-312-7878, 
	FAX 410-312-7880,  Used mystery, 
	crime, espionage, intelligence, and others.  Open Tue-Sat 10AM-7PM, 
	Sun 12N-5PM.  [07/03]

Damascus MD: 

L & L Books, 26133 Ridge Rd, Highpoint Shopping Center, Damascus MD 
	20872, 301-253-2510, FAX 301-253-2880,  Used general stock.  [10/03]

Ellicott City MD: 

Gramp's Attic Books (8304 Main, 21043).  [11/06]

Frederick MD: 

Riverby Books (805 Caroline, Fredericksburg VA 22401, 540-373-6148,  General used books, emphasis on Civil War 
	and military history.  Open Mon-Sat 10AM-5PM, Sun 12N-5PM.  
Wonder Book (1306 W Patrick (Route 40 W), 21702, 301-694-5955; 
	1705 Massey Blvd, Hagerstown, 21740, Valley Plaza next to K-Mart, 
	21740, 301-733-1888;  Over 600,000 books 
	in three stores.  Patrick St store has 300,000 books, Jefferson 
	has 100,000, and Masset Blvd (Hagerstown) has 200,000).  "A large 
	used bookstore that I've always found well worth searching."  
	Another reader says, "The largest used bookstore south of NYC 
	on the east coast."  Open Mon-Sat 10AM-10PM, Sun 12N-10PM.   
	Check with each location individually for buyback hours.  [11/06]

Gaithersburg MD: 

Battle Books (18770-B, N Frederick Rd, Gaithersburg MD 20879, 301-963-2929).  
	Same directions as Olde Soldier (below); located at the back of the 
	Olde Soldier store.  Books on WWII and Vietnam War.  Open Mon-Sat 
Book Alcove (15976 Shady Grove Rd, Gaithersburg MD 20877, 301-977-9166).  
	Exit 8 from Route 270, Shady Grove Road east.  At second light, turn 
	left at Gaither Road into shopping mall.  Book Alcove is at the back 
	of the mall at the far side, lower level.  A fairly cheap secondhand 
	book store.  A large selection at excellent prices.  Many technical 
	books.  Also sells bookcases.  Open Mon-Fri 10AM-8PM, Sat 10AM-7PM, 
	Sun 12N-6PM.  
Olde Soldier Books, Inc. (18770-B, N Frederick Rd, Gaithersburg MD 20879, 
	301-963-2929).  Exit 11 from Route 270, left onto 355 (Frederick 
	Road).  Go just over a mile (past Hechinger and the Gazette 
	newspapers) and turn right at the bottom of the hill onto Game 
	Preserve Road.  Take first right and then first left.  Store is in 
	the warehouses.  They have a superb collection of Civil War books, 
	including some very rare material.  Not cheap but if you have to 
	have it, it's worth going.  They also publish.  Open Mon-Sat 

Glenwood MD: 

Books With a Past, LLC (2465 Washington Road [Rt 97, near the Highs], 
	Suites 3-4, Glenwood MD 21738, 410-442-3740 or 410-442-3741,  "This one has a nice selection of used 
	paperbacks plus hardbacks.  And a knowledgeable staff!  Also, a 
	terrific collection of mathematics, New Aegean Press, and 
	cryptology books." Also children's, romance, mystery, and 
	nonfiction.  Open Mon-Fri 11AM-7PM, Sat-Sun 11AM-5PM.  
	(1-1/4 miles south of I-70, exit 76).  [10/03]  

Kensington MD: 

All Books Considered (10408 Montgomery Ave, Kensington MD 20985, 301-929-0036).  
	Philosophy and related subjects as well as general stock.  
	Though it is small, it is well worth a visit if you are 
	interested in philosophy.  On the Kensington Antique Row.  
	Open seven days 12N-5PM.  [07/03]
Kensington Row Bookshop (3786 Howard Ave, Kensington MD 20895, 
	301-949-9416, FAX 301-229-2749, Used books, with 
	a special emphasis and reading room for Catalan.  Open Mon-Sat 
	10AM-6PM, Sun 12N-5PM.  [10/03]  
Osiris Books (3746 Howard Ave, 20895, 301-942-1661, FAX 301-962-7462,  Antique books and prints; also general 
	antiques.  Open Mon-Sat 10:30AM-5:30PM, Sun 12N-5PM.  [10/03]

Laurel MD: 

Attic Books (100 Washington Blvd, corner of Rt. 1 South & Main, 20707, 
	301-725-3725).  General stock emphasizing history and SF.  
	"Good SF section--includes limited press editions and other 
	collectible stuff."  Another person writes, "This bookstore 
	seemed to be particularly well-stocked with older SF - lots of 
	Ace Doubles and so forth, and a couple of locked cabinets full 
	of what are presumably SF first editions.  ...  They had an 
	intriguing set of folklore/mythology books in the front of the 
	shop, all published together as a series, and looking to be 
	modern paperback reprints of 19th and early 20th century 
	texts.  I fondled them and reluctantly put them back on the 
	shelf."  Open Mon, Wed-Sat 11AM-7PM, Sun 1PM-5PM.  [07/03]
Greyhound Books (357 Main, 20707-4328, 301-725-3600).  Self-billed as 
	"Laurel's second-best used book store."  One person says, 
	"Slightly smaller SF selection than Attic, but still 
	worthwhile."  Another writes, "This store calls itself 
	'Laurel's Second Best,' but don't believe it. I had to leave 
	before even really scratching the surface, because my total 
	had crested $50.  The greatest part of the haul, both in cost 
	and in excitement value, was five of the six books in Dorothy 
	Dunnett's Lymond series.  The lovely trade paperbacks.  With 
	uncreased covers and uncracked spines.  "  Open 
	Wed-Sat 11AM-5:30PM, Sun 1PM-5PM,  [10/03]  
John W. Knott Jr. (8453 Early Bud Way, 301-512-1300).  Carries mystery, 
	SF, and horror.  Often has obscure and oddball stuff (according 
	to one reader).  By appointment only.  [07/13]

Rockville MD: 

The Book Alcove (Shady Grove Rd).  "Has a smallish but pretty good 
	room of antiquarian editions towards the back.  Generally a 
	very good shop for its size.  Several lengthy searches have 
	ended there for me.  Pull into the shopping center with the 
	7-11 store and go back around to the rear around the right 
	(east) side.  The shop is in the far NE corner on the first 
	floor.  [06/04]  
Leaf Through (1701L Congressional Plaza, Rockville Pike, Rockville MD, 
	301-230-8998).  Going North on Rockville Pike (away from White 
	Flint), it is on the left just past Twinbrook.  Leaf Through is in 
	the smaller of the two malls here , near Danker's furniture 
	store.  Not far from Twinbrook subway.  General used bookstore.  
	Nothing exciting here--the emphasis is on paperbacks and cheap 
	hardbacks--but prices are reasonable.  Open Tue, Wed, Fri 
	10AM-7PM; Thu 10AM-8PM, Sat 10AM-5PM, Sun 12N-5PM.  
Second Story Books (12160 Parklawn Drive, Rockville MD 20852, 
	Take Rockville Pike north and make a right onto Randolph Road, 
	left onto Parklawn, pass first stoplight; it's the ugly 
	warehouse building on the left.  (It's also "near" the Twinbrook 
	stop on the red line, unless it's 90 degrees out.  They do have 
	AC and a water cooler.)  The discount/warehouse part of the 
	operation.  "This store is truly a warehouse.  Plan to bring a 
	powerful flashlight, so that you can read titles on the back 
	shelves."  "The SF&F section is single-shelved, thank Ghu.  
	The real pain is that, while the paperbacks are sorted, many 
	of the 	hardcovers are not.  ...  Still, Second Story is 
	definitely worth hitting if you have a chance, if only for the 
	smell of dusty books."  One person writes that this is the best 
	resource in the area for mathematics and physics books.  
	For their main entry see under Washington DC, Dupont Circle.  
	Open Sun-Thu 10AM-8PM, Fri-Sat 10AM-9PM.  [07/13]  
Washington Used Book Center (11910 Parklawn Dr, near White Flint Metro,
	SW of intersection of Parklawn Drive and Randolph Road (which joins 
	Montrose Road end to end at MD-355, 301-984-7358).  

Silver Spring MD: 

Silver Spring Books (938 Bonifant, Silver Spring MD 20910, 301-587-7484).  
	Some of the people who used to be Imagination formed this 
	store, so you have several bookstores in one.  Good quality 
	mix of used books.  Good source for mathematics and physics 
	books.  Open Mon, Wed-Sat 10:30AM-6:30PM; Sun 10:30AM-5PM.  

Wheaton MD: 

Abe's Jewish Book and Gift Store (11252 Georgia Ave in the Wheaton Triangle 
	Mall, Wheaton MD 20902, 301-942-2237).  Also known as the Jewish 
	Bookstore of Greater Washington.  Judaica.  Proprietors: Joshua & 
	Menachem Youlus.  "If it's Jewish, we have it."  "They're a 
	delightful father/son team who have been in the same location for 
	many, many years and have filled a double-store front area with 
	about every imaginable title covering all corners of Judaica.  They 
	also stock quite a wide array of gifts, and Jewish novelty items.  
	I'd love to see them get as many customers as their fine and 
	complete inventory deserves!"  Open Mon-Thu 10AM-7PM, Fri 10AM-3PM, 
	Sun 10AM-5PM.  
Barbarian Book Shop (11242 Triangle Ln, 20902, 301-946-4184).  Books, 
	comics, cards, toys, Disneyana.  Open Wed-Fri 12N-6:30PM, 
	Sat 12N-5PM, Sun 1PM-5PM.  [02/04]  
Wheaton Regional Library/Montgomery County Library Board Book Sale Room 
	(11710 Georgia Ave, 20902, 301-929-5515).  Donations to and discards 
	from the entire Montgomery County library system are sold in a large 
	basement room at the Wheaton Library, just north of downtown Wheaton 
	on Georgia Avenue.  "Generally, paperbacks range from $0.25 to $1.00, 
	and hardbacks start at $0.50.  Although the collection is probably 
	well-sifted before it reaches the shelves, I have found impressive 
	gems here: FIRE WATCH before it was reprinted.  DRIFTGLASS.  WHAT 
	ENTROPY MEANS TO ME.  An early Stevermer mystery.  The Arkham House 
	Tiptree collection.  An early Waldrop paperback.  OF MUPPETS AND 
	MEN.  An unsung treasure of the DC area.  Rapid turnover of stuff.  
	People come from miles around.  Two thumbs up!"  Open 7 days.  



Museums and other institutions (zoo, Kennedy Center, World Bank, 
American Institute of Architects, US Government Printing Office, etc.) 
usually have pretty good bookstores on their subjects.  You can often 
get discounts with Smithsonian or similar membership.  


There are lots of book fairs and sales, with many public libraries 
holding regular sales.  Check the What's Doing section in the Weekend 
section of Friday's Washington Post.  The following are some of the 
regular annual ones: 

Association of American Foreign Service Women Book Fair.  Held in the 
State Department in the middle of October.  Used to be during the week 
but now on two consecutive weekends.  Big on politics, history, foreign, 
but has all categories.  

Stone Ridge.  Held in the Stone Ridge School, at 9101 Rockville Pike, 
Bethesda MD 20814, 301-657-4322.  Held early spring and very good it 

There are also Book Hunter Press's USED BOOK LOVER'S GUIDE TO [various 
regions], seven regional guides to over 7,900 used, out-of-print, and 
antiquarian book dealers in the United States and Canada.  The complete 
database is online and can be searched by location, dealer name, specialty, 
and type of dealer. Access to the database is available on a two tier basis: 
partial access is free, full access is by subscription.The web page also 
includes free access to regional and city maps showing locations with used 
bookstores. For more information or a free catalog, check their web page at

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