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3817 Fifth Avenue, San Diego CA 92103
Operating every day 11am-6pm
Come In & Shop in secure mask **see shopping guidelines below
 curbside pick-up / phone-in / we ship worldwide! 
Please make holiday orders early, new book shortages expected in December (due to COVID-19 crisis, publishers won't be reprinting for the holiday season)
Baby Book Drive! With purchase, enter for a chance to win booky schwag... scroll down for details!
TRY THE SEARCH BAR ABOVE for our used books now in stock
Shop for brand new books via our Bookshop link right here:
Banner promoting shopping new books at Bookshop (above) is a cool indie collective alternate to Amazon - support a contemporary group of new & used book warrior-recyclers (us!) instead of a megacapitalist who has corrupted the name of a group of tall, strong female warriors!  ;)
From today until "Shop Small" Saturday (Nov 28) support our Reach Out & Read Baby Book Drivee* & enter for a chance to win prizes & accolades! (sorry, Grover not included in prize) 
When you make a book drive purchase between $10 and $20, fill out a green ticket for a chance to win an Independent Bookstore Day 2020 exclusive: signed Amor Towles novella You Have Arrived at Your Destination ... or a $15 Gift certificate!
When you make a book drive purchase between $20.01 & $29.99, fill out a white ticket for a chance to win an IBD 2019 Susie Ghahremani washable canvas book bag (modelled here by Grover) or a $25 gift certificate! (Grover not included in prize, sorry)
When you make a book drive purchase of $30 & up, fill out a blue ticket for a chance to win an IBD 2020 Susie Ghahremani pin or a $35 Gift certificate!
Many will enter, 25 lucky winners will be randomly selected on December 1st. We shake the basket well, so enter early & often and good luck! Thank you for your generosity to the babies & toddlers who receive a gift at their pediatric check-up! Yay for babies & books!
Follow safest practices when you are with us; shop happy!
  • Do not enter with a fever or cough, any symptoms of illness or if you have recently been ill
  • Do not enter if you are in a high-risk group or are feeling under the weather
  • Wear a secure mask covering nose and mouth at all times - no exceptions
  • No drinks or food - check your bags
  • Keep a minimum of 6 feet distance from others
  • Maintain clean hands
  • Don't touch your face - or your cell phone - please
  • If bringing in books to trade - PLEASE CALL AHEAD
  • BEST FOR ALL: Stay home - call it in & have it mailed to you
Buy books, trade books, read happy!
Selectively taking gently used books again for 25% / 50% off purchase
(We do not buy books for cash)
  • Please wait, if possible, until COVID is over
  • Sundays & Mondays ONLY
  • Call first & leave name / info
  • We will no longer take all books
  • We will ask you to take back what we do not take for trade credit
  • We will take as many as we can!
  • Here's the link to our book-trade policy
We ship daily, as always...
MEDIA MAIL $3.99 for the 1st book, $2.00 per book after that
PRIORITY MAIL $7.99 for the 1st book, $2.00 each after that
-unless really big & heavy ...we'll work it out!
Banner promoting shopping new books at Bookshop
Purchase securely right there & your new books will be delivered to you or your loved ones directly. Or you can find us in there by our zip code: 92103. Our shop there is curated by us personally for you based on frequent requests, client favorites, and staff picks! supports Independent Bookshops by giving a % of all sales to all shops involved (!) and sales via our portal (above or use zip code 92103) benefit us more. (!) This website was founded in direct opposition to what has done to the book industry :D
You can also find us at, a used & collectible book shopping website made up of many book dealers like us. We list our unique collectible selections and ephemera there, titles published prior to the early 1970s, cool retro pamphlets, quirky magazines or small press publications without an ISBN. They will find you through AbeBooks! Shop there securely or call us directly about any item and we can send more details.
-Stay well & keep reading!-
How can we help? Please ask!
Lots of folks are looking around right now, seeing who needs extra help or a kind word of support... and it turns out it's all of us. This unprecedented moment in our lives is an opportunity to be of service to our friends and neighbors, in both little and big ways. A smile is sometimes all it takes..... A SMILE IN YOUR EYES BECAUSE THEY CAN"T SEE YOUR MOUTH UNDER A SOCIALLY CONSIDERATE MASK RIGHT? of course ;)
Our Reach Out & Read Baby Book Drive still needs books. All year long we collect for little ones participating in the UCSD High-Risk Infant Follow-Up Program. A doctor shopping here last season shared that after the first pediatric check-up when parents and babe get a free book and words about making time to cuddle & read, baby comes back more engaged & talking more at the very next visit! He said he loves being a part of this program & so do we! If you'd like to give, choose an amount that works for you and your family and we will select an appropriate book for this charitable cause. Guaranteed to make you feel good & make a baby smile. With these kids, a book can make all the difference! 
Thanks everyone for adapting to our options to serve you! With our beloved Hillcrest hit especially hard by Covid-19, we are thinking of our friends & neighbors and really extra grateful for everyone ordering books to be shipped to home and pre-arranging safe pick-ups, greeting us safely with mask in place.
To support other artists and small businesses in your area, please consider some classics:
1) Gift Card - buying a gift card can give a small biz some capital and you get your good stuff later (if buying for yourself) or treat a friend or family member to a virtual hug!
2) Tip Jar - if you just want to give to local, neighborhood businesses, it's a traditional way to support any low wage workers or people who are not supported by paid leave, retirement account, etc... We're all neighbors looking out for each other.
Be safe, be strong, keep smiling & keep reading!

Welcome to Bluestocking Books!

This creaky-floored space has been a bookshop for 53 years in 2020; Used books, a selection of new books and recent releases, greetings cards & postcards, booky gift items & antique items all flow in and find new homes with our book-loving community, both local and far-flung. We're shipping daily, worldwide, and enjoy the personal connections with visitors from every state and every country who come to 3817 5th Avenue and breathe a gentle sigh, saying "Ah, this feels like home." This is a place where old (and not so old) titles get rediscovered, sometimes for the first time. Toddlers make a beeline for their section and squeal with delight seeing a book they recognize. Dogs sit politely for a treat and sometimes do a trick. Old friends find new things to talk about and new friends discover each other, occasionally resulting in True Love! (Browser beware!)