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The Best Independent Bookstores in Sacramento

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Updated: 5 April 2018
In an era when readers can store entire libraries in the palm of their smartphone-toting hand, there’s still something captivating about a good old-fashioned book. And what better place to stock up on bestsellers and indie paperback finds than a book-centric city like Sacramento?

California’s capital city, like San Francisco to its south, is home to famous authors, the setting of classics like The Jane Austen Book Club, and a destination for someone seeking a wide array of one-of-a-kind booksellers. Here are five local favorites.

Beers Books

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No, a visit to this 82-year-old used and new book and movie shop doesn’t include anything on draft—“Beers” refers to the last name of the place’s namesake, Mrs. Nellie Beers, one of the charter members of the Sacramento Book Collectors Club in the 1930s. The shop has changed locations and owners a number of times over the decades, but now that it’s settled on S Street, Beers can focus on doing what it does best: buying, selling, and trading books and movies.

We got in lots of fancy books for fancy folks.

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Mon - Sun:
10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Second-Hand (Used)

Atmosphere:

Indoors, Local, Quiet

Time Tested Books

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Time Tested Books in Sacramento, CA
Time Tested Books in Sacramento, CA | © Time Tested Books
The name says it all. Since 1981, the beloved, independent Time Tested Books has been stocking quality new and used books and records. If the physical store doesn’t have what a reader is looking for, the staff is happy to look up and order rare or hard-to-find titles. What the physical store does have are lectures, musical performances, author signings, and expert reading recommendations from knowledgeable employees.
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Mon - Sat:
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sun:
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Independent

Atmosphere:

Local, Indoors, Quiet

Avid Reader on Broadway

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