A Bibliophile's Guide to the Literary Treasures of The Town
Oakland is a city rich in cultural diversity and creativity, and its bookstores reflect this unique spirit. Whether you're an avid reader or a collector of rare books, Oakland has a bookstore for you! Join me on a journey to the ten best bookstores in Oakland.
- A Great Good Place for Books
- East Bay Booksellers
- Marcus Books
- Moments Cooperative and Community Space
- Pegasus Books
- Sistah Scifi
- Spectator Books
- The Bookmark Bookstore
- The Collective Oakland
- Walden Pond Books
A Great Good Place for Books
A Great Good Place for Books, nestled in picturesque Montclair, is a bibliophile's paradise. The bookstore’s likable staff double as passionate bookworms. It is a must-visit destination for anyone seeking a literary haven.
Address: 6120 La Salle Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
Moments Cooperative and Community Space
Rooted in a commitment to uplift marginalized voices, Moments Cooperative and Community Space is a volunteer-led, non-for-profit that serves as a hub for QTBIPOC creators. This downtown Oakland sanctuary is a five minute walk from the 12th Street BART.
Address: 410 13th St, Oakland, CA 94612
Sistah Scifi is the first Black-owned science fiction bookstore in the United States. A Sistah Scifi Book Vending Machine is in Oaklandia Cafe x Bakery, and carries speculative fiction titles celebrating Black and Indigenous cultures by authors such as NK Jemisin, Nalo Hopkinson, and Oakland-based Angela Dalton.
Address: 555 12th Street Oakland, CA 94612
The Bookmark Bookstore
The Bookmark Bookstore is managed by the Friends of the Oakland Public Library and staffed by dedicated volunteers. With 17,000+ gently-used books, proceeds support the city's libraries. Oakland Public Library members enjoy exclusive discounts.
Address: 721 Washington Street, Oakland, CA 94607
Walden Pond Books
Walden Pond Books has been an Oakland institution since 1973, and offers an extensive collection of used and rare books, including first editions and out-of-print treasures. It's the perfect place to discover hidden literary gems.
Address: 3316 Grand Avenue
Finally, if your appetite for reading is bigger than your capacity for spending, check out Oakland Public Library. With 16 branches throughout the city, there is sure to be a location near you. You can borrow everything from books to hiking backpacks!
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