(Last UPDATED 3/25/2022) Listing and description of Sacramento independent bookstores. Do you have a favorite indie bookstore?
Browsing through a bookstore, not having a particular book in mind for your next read, is a particularly pleasurable way to spend an hour or two.
“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book” J.K. Rowling
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies….The man who never reads lives only one” George R.R. Martin (A Dance With Dragons)
Sacramento Independent Bookstores
- 1831 F Street, Sacramento, Sacramento, CA 95811
- (916) 822-4909
Previously known as Richard L. Press Fine and Scholarly Books on the Arts. Under new ownership, now a women owned bookstore specializing in the fine arts. The co-owners are writer Miranda Culp and artist Laurelin Gilmore.
- 1945 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818 (20th & Broadway)
- (916) 441-4400
Shop opened in 1994, moved to current location in 2017. New fiction and non-fiction books, children’s books, magazines, newspapers, gifts, toys, board games & more. Owned by Stan Forbes.
- 2005 T Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
- (916) 456-6307
Specializing in fine older books, all collectible fields. Also available: photographs, book-related art, prints and maps, etc.
- 915 S Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 (between 9th & 10th Streets)
- (916) 442-9475
Founded in 1936. Beers Books has had several locations and owner changes since. Owned by Jim Naify and managed by son Andrew. Used books and movies were approximately 90% of the inventory until more recently. Now new books account for about half. The shops history section specializes in Western Americana and California history. Buy/sell/trade.
- 1001 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
- (916) 492-6657
Situated next door to the Crest Theatre in Downtown Sacramento, Capital Books sells new books, games, puzzles, etc. Parking validation (up to $5) for the nearby Capitol Garage. Owners Ross and Heidi Rojek also own nearby care and board game venue There and Back Again.
- 1913 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95815
- (916) 600-0151
Carol’s Books sells everything from rare books to best sellers.
- 5301 Freeport Blvd. #200, Sacramento, CA 95822
- (916) 731-8001
New and used books. Buy/sell/trade. Check out their Super Sidewalk Sale the first Saturday of the month.
- 3604 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95816 (McKinley Blvd. & 36th Street)
See related blog post: East Village Bookshop
- 1114 21st Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 (between L and K Streets)
- (916) 447-5696
Owned by Peter Keat, the Midtown bookstore has become a Sacramento institution. New and used books plus vinyl records. Buy/sell/trade.
- 3960 60th Street, Sacramento, CA
- (916) 942-9250
Located in the Tahoe Park neighborhood of Sacramento (Tallac Village Shopping Center). New and used books, vintage goods, gifts and vinyl records. Owned by sisters Noelle Baganz and Claire Bone.
Sacramento Non-Profit Bookstores
- 8250 Belvedere Avenue, #e, Sacramento, CA 95826
- (916) 731-8493
Bookstore run by the non-profit Friends of the Sacramento Public Library.
- 2814 35th Street, Sacramento, CA 95817
- (916) 737-3333
Opened in 2003. Non-profit bookstore affiliated with St. HOPE. Located in the 40 Acres Complex in the Oak Park neighborhood. Also available – gifts crafted by local Black makers. Owned by Georgia West, also known as Mother Rose.
Sacramento-Area Independent Bookstores
Friends have mentioned liking the following bookstores in outlying areas. Any other bookstores you would recommend?
- 9257 Laguna Springs Drive, #130, Elk Grove, CA 95758
- (916) 538-3482
Bookstore and café owned by Emily Autenrieth. Carries popular books in a variety of genres. Expansive children’s section.
- 4949 Marconi Avenue, Carmichael, CA 95608
- (916) 488-2102
- 4359 Town Center Blvd., #113, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
- (916) 941-9401
Opened in 2012 by owner Tina Ferguson. Located in the El Dorado Hills Town Center shopping mall.
- 724 Sutter Street, Folsom, CA 95630
- (916) 790-8760
Opened in 2020 by Stacy Gould. Ruby is Stacy’s golden retriever. Large selection of top-selling titles. Also available – gifts and greeting cards made by local artisans.
Did I miss your favorite indie bookstore? Share the specifics so I can add it to the list. Thanks!!
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