Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

Independent Bookstores of Washington DC (updated)

Here’s a list of names, locations, and URLs of independent bookstores in Washington DC–new and used).

Begun for  the May 2, 2015 celebration of the first Independent Bookstore Day (inspired by California Bookstore Day).

October 2015 Carpe Librum Pop-Up Bookstore in Mount Vernon Square opened — closes in November.

Riverby Books reopened October 2015 (see below).


Bridge Street Books

Kramerbooks & Afterwords

Politics and Prose

and all Busboys and Poets locations http://www.busboysandpoets.com/

Reiter’s Scientific & Professional Books

Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe

Upshur Street Books

  • 827 Upshur Street NW


Books for America – a Bookstore with a Purpose

Books Used & Rare

  • 1660 33rd Street NW

Capitol Hill Books

Carpe Librum

Carpe Librum Pop-Up Bookstore in Mount Vernon Square (October 2015- )

Idle Time Books


Riverby Books

Second Story Books

Bartleby’s (online only)

Specialty (languages)


4905 Wisconsin Avenue NW


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