Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

Independent (non-chain) Bookstores of Washington DC (2019)

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).


Bridge Street Books

East City Book Shop

Kramerbooks & Afterwords

Loyalty Bookstore (formerly Upshur Street Books)

Mahogany Books

Politics and Prose


  • 70 District Square SW (Wharf complex)


  • Union Market 1270 5th St NE

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

United States Government Printing Office (GPO) Bookstore


Books Used & Rare

  • 1660 33rd Street NW

Capitol Hill Books

Carpe Librum

Idle Time Books

  •  2467 18th Street NW


Second Story Books

Bartleby’s (online only)

Walls of Books

Specialty (languages)


Specialty / Gift Shop

Updated 6/2019 thanks and h/t BP

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This entry was posted on June 11, 2019 by in books, Bookstores, Washington DC bookstores and tagged , , .
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