Used Books - Rare Books
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City Lights’ Used Book Notes
Trade with us!
On Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9-5 we consider books for barter in credit good toward 90% of your used book purchase total; bring cash, card or a check for the remaining 10%. Please don’t bring in books with excessive grime or with traces of mildew or smoke. And, win our gratitude by not bringing in more than a few dozen books at a time. Allow enough wiggle room in your schedule so that you can enjoy browsing our shelves while we scan in your books; we need you to take away any that we can’t accept.
New book purchases you make when you trade-in used books get a 10% discount.
If you’d like us to look at a larger collection of books, please contact us to make an appointment.
While we don’t offer cash for used books or take in textbooks for resale, the main exception to each of these rules overlap in our textbook buyback program. If you have current editions of higher-ed texts which you’d like to sell, contact us for a quote or to schedule a meeting with one of our buyers.
A few reasons we might not accept books
While we seldom have time on busy trade-in days to explain our reasoning on each book we reject for trade, we can provide this list of general factors we consider as we process books brought in for barter:
What’s the price?
First, look for a City Lights bar code label. If it has one of our labels, that’s our price on the right-hand end of the bar code. If it doesn’t have our label, here’s how pricing works for the remainder of our unlisted used books:
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We also have locally made items that would make great gifts! Jewelry from our very own Sara Hatton, handcrafted pens by Joshua Wilkey, and fine walking sticks by Steve Allen. Our holiday cards are also in stock and we do free gift wrapping!
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