Used Books - Rare Books
12000+ of our
Used book trade-ins suspended for the remainder of Q4 2021
City Lights’ Used Book Notes
Trade with us!
On Wednesdays and Saturdays until 5 p.m., 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, no books which are soiled or have traces of mildew or smoke Win our gratitude by not bringing in more than a few dozen titles at a time. Allow enough wiggle room in your schedule so that you can enjoy browsing our shelves while we tally your credit.
Ask for 10% off a used book purchase when you trade-in used books.
If you’d like us to look at a more extensive 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?
Look for a City Lights barcode label, usually affixed to the back of the book :
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