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Used Book Buying

Thank you for selling your previously read books back to Bookshop Santa Cruz!

Our Used department depends on customers like you to provide us with exciting titles that will end up at great homes. Our book buying service is by appointment only. If you have books you’d like to sell, please read the following guidelines and our FAQ's in detail. We look forward to seeing you soon! 

Used Book Buying Hours: Daily, 9am-4pm daily through appointments only. Each appointment allows the customer to drop off three (3) banker boxes or three (3) brown paper shopping bags full of books. We ask that you bring in a minimum of one (1) full grocery bag full of books for an appointment. If you have less than that, please give us a call to see if we have room to accept your small order between our larger appointments. If you bring in boxes or bags that are outside of our recommended dimensions, it is up to the used buyer of the day to determine whether that amount of books will fit into their schedule.

Offers will be made in store credit only (no cash)

Do not make an appointment if you, or anyone in your household, is sick including fever, cough, shortness of breath, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat or loss of taste or smell. If you, or anyone in your household has been exposed to COVID during the last 14 days, for the safety of our employees, do not sell your books to Bookshop Santa Cruz. 

SCOUTS: Please call us to make an appointment.

Steps to Sell Us Your Books

Step 1: Click here to READ OUR FAQ's.

Step 2: Book an appointment on our Setmore pageClick on Used Book Buying and follow the prompts. You must create a Setmore profile to access appointments. Please do not book more than one appointment in a single day. You will immediately receive an automatic confirmation email for your appointment request with important details. If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please do so at least 24 hours in advance. If you miss your appointment, you might lose the ability to book future appointments. 

Step 3: If your books have been sitting in storage for a while and are dusty, please give them a wipe down before bringing them to us.

Step 4: Arrive to your appointment. Be prepared to provide your name, phone number, and show a valid US Driver’s License or Passport (as required by CA pawn shop laws). 

Step 5: Bookshop will quickly assess your books and let you know how long before your offer is ready for pickup. There may be other offers being processed, so your offer may take some time. 

Step 6: Return at your return time or anytime after to receive your store credit worth 66% of the retail value of the books we decide to buy. Store credit never expires, and is valid for every item in the store. It cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. 

Please note: Any books not purchased by Bookshop Santa Cruz and not picked up on the day your offer is ready will be donated to local nonprofits. Bookshop Santa Cruz cannot store books over night. 

I just want to donate my books to Bookshop. Can I do that?

Unfortunately, no, we cannot take all your donations as we do not have a place to store them. We recommend contacting the library!

We also sell used books!

Because we’re busy buying used books from the community, we also have a great selection of used books to offer for sale! Our used book stock is integrated throughout the store, in their respective sections, next to any new copies. All used books are marked on the spine with a "USED" sticker, and the used book price is listed on the back by the barcode. Our used books are typically priced at 50-60% of the original cover price.

The majority of our used books are in inventory, so if you are looking for something in particular in used books, ask a bookseller at our Information Desk - or call ahead at 831-423-0900

Further questions, or suggestions? Give us a call at 831-423-0900 or send us an e-mail at