Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

Independent (non-chain) Bookstores of Washington DC (2018)

Here’s a list of names, locations, and URLs of independent/non-chain bookstores in Washington DC–new and used–with museum/organization gift shops with substantial book selling added.

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

December 2017 Carpe Librum closed.


Bridge Street Books

East City Book Shop

Kramerbooks & Afterwords

Mahogany Books

Politics and Prose

  • 70 District Square SW (Wharf complex)
and all Busboys and Poets locations http://www.busboysandpoets.com/

Potter’s House

Reiter’s Scientific & Professional Books

Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe

Solid State Books

Upshur Street Books

  • 827 Upshur Street NW


Books Used & Rare

  • 1660 33rd Street NW

Capitol Hill Books

Idle Time Books


Riverby Books

Second Story Books

Bartleby’s (online only)

Walls of Books

Specialty (languages)


4905 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Specialty / Gift Shop




2 comments on “Independent (non-chain) Bookstores of Washington DC (2018)

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