Used Bookstores

Used Bookstores: When Barnes & Noble Isn’t Enough

Used BookstoresThere are plenty of fine bookstores throughout the Valley and Arizona, but what if you’re looking for an older or more obscure book? Where can you look if stores like Barnes & Noble doesn’t have what you want? You could certainly shop online … or even better, you can help support Arizona by shopping at one of these local, used bookstores instead.



Bookmans, unlike other used bookstores, is much more than just that. In addition to a wide variety of used books across six locations throughout the Valley and Tucson, they also sell used music, movies, video games, magazines, comics and just about any other kind of media you can think of. In their own words, “Bookmans Entertainment Exchange has built our reputation on the concept that ‘used’ is not a dirty word.” No matter what your interests are, Bookmans probably has something for you.

8034 N. 19th Ave.
Phoenix , AZ 85021
(602) 433-0255


By The Book, LLC

If you’re looking for used bookstores in central Phoenix, By The Book specializes in rare, out of print or just generally hard-to-find books. Not only that, they seem to take pride in their collection, too, as they say that their inventory consists mostly of “first edition works in collectible condition.” They have an online store but welcome customers to visit their store in-person as well. And if you have any interest in comics, Samurai Comics is right next door to them.

1045 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85014
(602) 222-8806


Dog-Eared Pages Used Books:

In northern Phoenix, you’ll find Dog-Eared Pages Used Books. Similar to By The Book, Dog-Eared Pages also deals primarily with rarer, harder to find books, but they also have one thing in common with Bookmans — they hold a number of in-store events and promotions, and most of them are free. If you want a good, used bookstore and a place to hang out, this store’s worth a look.

16428 N. 32nd St., Suite 111
Phoenix, AZ 85032
(602) 283-5423


Bent Cover Books

Bent Cover Books is another of those used bookstores that features a wide variety of merchandise — from used books, to rare books, to comics and graphic novels — so odds are you’ll find a piece of reading material you like here. They also make your experience as pleasant as it can by also selling coffee, tea and other beverages in their store, so you can enjoy a nice drink while you search for a good book.

12428 N. 28th Dr.
Phoenix, AZ 85029
(602) 942-5932


Alcuin Books

In a bit of a departure from other used bookstores, Alcuin Books specializes in, according to their website, “scholarly, rare and antiquarian books in all aspects of the humanities and the history of science.” From the sound of this, they might not be the place to go for light reading, but if you’re looking for a more intellectual title, Alcuin may be exactly what you need.

4242 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 946-1969


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