Used book stores are fun places to browse and find a wide range of great reads, ranging from old classics to modern best sellers. There are a variety of used book stores in the capital region.
In Washington, DC
Books for America - 1417 22nd St. NW, Washington, DC (202) 835-2665. Located in Dupont Circle, the nonprofit organization offers used books at low prices including bestsellers, art, history, philosophy, cookbooks, and more.
Books for America supports reading and educational programs and strives to improve libraries in schools, shelters and prisons.
Capitol Hill Books - 657 C St. SE, Washington, DC (202) 544-1621. The two-story used book store is a great place to find a variety of old books ranging from biographies to politics to travel to mysteries.
Idle Times Books - 2467 18th St. NW, Washington, DC (202) 232-4774. Located in Adams Morgan, the used book store has been in operation since 1981 and is a member of the Washington Antiquarian Booksellers Association. They feature used books, as well as greeting cards, newspapers, records and CDs.
Second Story Books & Antiques - 2000 P St. NW, Washington, DC (202) 659-8884. The store has one of the largest collections of used books in the world. It has been in operation since 1973 and is a member of the Washington Antiquarian Booksellers Association. Many rare items are housed in the Rockville warehouse location and may require an appointment to be viewed.
Alphaville Books - 5703 36th Ave. Hyattsville, Maryland (301) 864-4680. The store offers a wide range of books including history, architecture, photography, philosophy, music, literature and more.
Books With a Past - 2465 Roxbury Mills Rd.(MD Rte 97) Glenwood, Maryland (410) 442-3740. The independent book store sells used books and offers a venue for reading clubs and tutoring.
Kensington Row Bookshop - 3786 Howard Ave. Kensington, Maryland (301) 949-9416. The used book store sells used, out-of-print and unusual books. Poetry readings, book talks and other literary events are held here regularly.
Second Story Books & Antiques - 12160 Parklawn Dr. Rockville, MD (301) 770-0477. The Rockville location serves as the warehouse for the store and has one of the largest collections of used books in the world. It has been in operation since 1973 and is a member of the Washington Antiquarian Booksellers Association. Second location is in Washington DC.
Silver Spring Books - 938 Bonifant St. Silver Spring, Maryland (301) 587-7484. The store offers a variety of used books.
Wonder Book - Three locations: 15976 Shady Grove Rd. Gaithersburg, Maryland (301) 977-9166. 1306 West Patrick St Frederick, MD (301) 694-5955 and 607 Dual Highway Hagerstown, MD
(301) 733-1888. The bookseller offers a huge selection of books, movies, music, video games, and more.
In Northern Virginia
Already Read Used Books - 2501 Duke St. Alexandria, Virginia (703) 299-8406. Located in Old Town Alexandria, the store offers a wide variety of books with specialities including military and general history, cookbooks, scifi/fantasy, and mysteries/crime fiction.
Bookhouse - 805 N Emerson St. Arlington, Virginia (703) 527-7797. The store offers a variety of used books.
Book Bank - 1510 King St. Alexandria, Virginia (703) 838-3620. Located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, the store offers used fiction, non-fiction and children's books.
Book Rack - 7001 Manchester Blvd. Alexandria, Virginia (703) 313-0766. The Book Rack has 80 locations around the U.S. and sells a variety of used books.
Claude Moore Colonial Farm Bookstore - 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean, Virginia (703) 442-7557. The living history museum has a used book shop featuring fiction, non-fiction, first editions, old tomes, fine bindings, first editions and some rare, special & signed volumes. Also CDs, DVDs, videos, LPs and tapes. All proceeds go towards supporting the Farm’s educational programs.
Hole in the Wall Books - 905 W Broad St. (Rt 7) Falls Church, Virginia (703) 536-2511. The store offers a variety of used books.
Reston’s Used Book - Lake Anne Village Center, 1623 Washington Plaza, Reston Virginia (703) 435-9772. The store offers a variety of used books and hosts special events.