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Used Books

Are you interested in selling us your pre-loved books?

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

Used Book Buying Hours: Daily, 9am-4pm daily by appointment only. 

NOTE: 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) or has been exposed to COVID during the last 14 days. 

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

SCOUTS: Please call us to make an appointment.

Steps to Selling Us Your Books

  1.  Read Our FAQ Page.
  2. Book an appointment on our Setmore page. 
    Click 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. 
  3. Wipe down your books before bringing them to us if they are dusty.
  4. Arrive to your appointment on time. Be prepared to provide: your name, phone number, and a valid US Driver’s License or Passport (as required by CA pawn shop laws). 
  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. 
  6. Return at your pickup 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. 


Are you interested in buying used books?

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 info@bookshopsantacruz.com