October 1, 2012

Oregon Used Bookstores - Updated 09/04/2021

**It's been quite a while since this was updated. Some revisions noted below.**

We find that a lot of used bookstores don't always advertise as efficiently as possible. Frustratingly, most that do utilize the Yellow Pages or similar methods. Yellow Pages ad rates are such that a lot of businesses will buy a multi-year run of the ad, which means that, in any given phone book, a number of such ads will be for shops that are out of business.

As such, we're trying to keep an up-to-date list of shops that have been verified as still in business at time of posting. We love discovering new shops, so as we wander the state, we hope to expand this list.

Note: We're only listing general used bookstores at this time.

Jump to:

Albany
Corvallis
Eugene/Springfield
Independence
Lebanon
Monmouth
Portland Metro
Salem/Keizer

Changes/Additions



Albany


**CLOSING Q1 2022** Browsers' Bookstore (Vol. II)
1425 Pacific Blvd SE
Albany, OR 97321
(541) 926-2612
http://www.browsersbookstore.com
Monday - Saturday, 9:30am - 6:00pm

Comments:

Browsers recently announced that they will be closing both their Albany and Corvallis Bookstore in Q1 2022 (Likely February)

Browsers' Bookstore in Albany is the former Albany Book Company, located in the old Shakey's Pizza (Shakey's #3!)/Izzy's Pizza building. A fantastic independent store. A bit cluttered, with stacks of books that have no shelf space for them, and a ton of books at the counter as they're always buying books or taking them in on trade, but more books is always a good thing. The staff likes to stage books with interesting covers in provocative locations, and We've bought more than a few books due to this awesome method of advertising. Browser's has a great Sci-Fi/Fantasy section, a fair amount of RPG stuff, and a lot more. They typically have a "Free" box outside containing older books that haven't moved for a while or those that are slightly damaged - sometimes the pickings are slim, sometimes you find some great treasures. Very fair and reasonable pricing.

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**CLOSED** No Garbage Books
240 2nd Ave SW
Albany, OR 97321
(541) 926-5222
No known website
Monday, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Wednesday, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Friday, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Saturday, 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Comments:

Newspaper articles claim the owner ran into quite a spot of trouble with the IRS.

Formerly a Christian bookstore, this establishment branched out a couple years ago into a general used bookstore. It's located in the old City Hall/Post Office building, and is distributed between the lower level/basement and the upper level/"ground" floor. The hours are wonky - only open 3-4 days a week, for 3-4 hours at a time, during the late morning/early afternoon. We haven't been there for a while, as the last time we were there (close to a year ago), the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section was comprised of maybe 20-30 paperbacks. Due to the odd hours, this never ends up being a destination - whatever hours were posted had been altered/changed with a temporary sign, and ultimately, it becomes a place that we'll deign to check out if we're already nearby, but we don't go out of our way to find out if they're open.

Update: Hours posted. Of course, they were closed when I swung by.

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St. Vincent De Paul
2220 Pacific Blvd
Albany, OR 97322
(541) 928-1559
http://www.svdp.us/what-we-do/retail-thrift-stores/albany-store/
Monday - Saturday, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Sunday, 10:00am - 6:00pm

Comments:

A very surprising number of books. Most books are priced at a flat rate, depending on if it's a paperback or hardcover, but keep your eyes open, as more than a few are individually priced. We think someone looks at Amazon pricing to see how they're going to price stuff, which is annoying - especially when they really don't have a clue what they're looking for, like the 2E DMG they were trying to sell for $120 last year.

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CLOSED: The Book Bin in Albany closed in 2006 or 2007.


Corvallis


Book Bin, The
215 SW 4th St
Corvallis, OR 97333
(541) 752-0040
http://www.bookbin.com
Monday - Saturday, 8:30am - 9:00pm
Sunday, 9:00am - 7:00pm

Comments:

The Book Bin in Corvallis is a decent enough store, but something always feels off there. The store is located in the old Lamonts department store building. The sales area shares none of the charm of the former location (now occupied by The Inkwell). It's a cleanly laid-out store, but it feels too sterile while at the same time, too grungy. One needs to watch out, as The Book Bin is also a NEW bookseller, and you'll commonly find full-priced new titles interspersed with the used titles.

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**CLOSING Q1 2022** Browsers' Bookstore
121 NW 4th St
Corvallis, OR 97330
(541) 758-1121
(888) 758-1121
http://www.browsersbookstore.com
Monday - Saturday, 9:30am - 6:00pm

Comments:

Browsers recently announced that they will be closing both their Albany and Corvallis Bookstore in Q1 2022 (Likely February)

Browsers' Bookstore in Corvallis is the "original" Browsers, parent of the Albany store. Other than a different layout in its physical space, it's just as awesome as Albany. Tons of books, a bit cluttered, provocative placement of interesting titles, "premium" space given to whatever titles are currently popular, which is incredibly handy. A couple of shelves of RPG stuff, not as much as Albany, but this may be due to the college town location. The counter outside contains the "Free" box like Albany, and likewise, fair and reasonable pricing. The Corvallis store also stocks and sells the nifty BackTpack bags (We imagine you could order these from the Albany store, too, but we haven't seen them stocked there).

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**CLOSED** Buckingham Palace
600 SW 3rd St
Corvallis, OR 97333
(541) 752-7980
No known website
Hours currently unknown

Comments:

They advertise as being a used bookstore, and they do have several cases of books, but this is more of a junk-shop (antiques and such). We don't recall the exact hours, but they're not open with any kind of regularity - this place seems like a side-business for the owner.

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Eugene/Springfield


**CLOSED** Mohawk Paperbacks Plus
1487 Mohawk Blvd
Springfield, OR 97477
(541) 726-1143
http://mohawkbooks.com
Monday - Saturday, 9:30am - 5:30pm

Comments:

Google reports as permanently closed.

Never been here, just found it online. We'll be visting soon, looks like a nice place from the website.

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**CLOSED** Smith Family Bookstore - Campus
768 East 13th St
Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 345-1651
http://www.smithfamilybookstore.com
Monday - Saturday, 9:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Comments:

Campus location closed in December of 2019, with staff/inventory being moved to the downtown location. Apparently, when the current owner inherited the business from her mother, she sold the campus building (that the Smith family built, and bears their name) and re-leased the space. Apparently, the landlord unexpectedly jacked the rent significantly, and the decision was made to close this branch.

The best used bookstore in the Eugene area, a designation it shares with it's downtown sister store. Just a phenomenal load of books - so many that it's actually slightly frustrating when you're searching through the paperbacks. A few stacks of used RPG stuff that turns up some gems from time to time, but, much like the used bookstores in Corvallis, probably suffers from the same issue of college students getting there first. Also shares the same problem with The Book Bin stores, which is the interspersal of NEW books amongst the USED books on the shelf. More books than shelf space, so lots of floor stacks.

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Smith Family Bookstore - Downtown
525 Willamette St
Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 343-4717
http://www.smithfamilybookstore.com
Monday - Saturday, 9:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Comments:

Nostalgia Collectibles moved out of their former location at the back of the building on the lower level, and the bookstore used this opportunity to expand, moving the inventory of the campus location here.

The sister store to the above. We actually kinda like this store better - it's in a much more well-maintained historic building, the bookcases are huge tall library-style ones, requiring a ladder in some places. Probably about the same quantity of used RPG stuff. Had some great luck here finding some "rarer" Time-Life book sets that we couldn't source online or elsewhere. Some really awesome deals on some older book collections. Less of an issue with new books amongst the used - We honestly can't recall the last time we found NEW books here, and we think they only do the new stuff at the campus store, but we won't swear to it.

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St. Vincent de Paul
http://www.svdp.us
Hours currently unknown

Comments:

We haven't visted any of the 9 or 10 stores in the Eugene/Springfield area, so we're leaving this as a placeholder. They're on our list to visit.

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**CLOSED** Thurston Book Exchange
5505 Main St
Springfield, OR 97478
(541) 726-7126
http://thurstonbookexchange.com
Monday, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Tuesday - Thursday, 10:00am - 5:30pm
Friday, 10:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Comments:

Google and Facebook report this closed as of late 2016. It was a pretty decent used bookstore. I was able to check it out a couple times when I took the scenic route (OR-126) to the valley back from Bend. It's obviously been a few years since I last visited, as I wasn't aware it had gone by the wayside.

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Tsunami Books
2585 Willamette St
Eugene, OR 97405
(541) 345-8986
http://www.tsunamibooks.org
Monday-Saturday, 10:00am - 7:00pm
Sunday, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Comments:

Tsunami went through a closure scare a few years ago. I don't remember the exact details, but I do remember them fearing that they were losing their lease. That said, they do appear alive and well today.

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Independence


Second Chance Books
307 S Main St
Independence, OR 97351
(503) 838-5279
No known website
Hours currently unknown

Comments:

Pretty decent used bookstore hidden along Main Street in Independence. Pretty fair selection of stuff, and reasonable pricing. Found some neat treasures, like a couple of original prints of the first couple BattleTech novels amongst other fun stuff. Given that it's in Independence, it doesn't seem to have a lot of turnover, but it's worth hitting up every few months.


Lebanon


Beauty's Bountiful Books
678 S Main St
Lebanon, OR 97355
(541) 258-7151
No known website
Sunday - Monday, Closed
Tuesday - 10:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday - Friday, 10:30am - 4:30pm
Friday, 11:00am - 4:00pm

Comments:

Jan retired and sold "Jan's Books/David's Sportscards & Collectibles" to some goober who decided to rename it "Think Brain Candy" and tried to focus less on new/used books, and more on loose-leaf tea and Christian sheet music. No, I'm not kidding. Stink-Stain Randy's Crappy Tea and Sheet Music Emporium didn't last long at all. This societally irresponsible goon went under. I don't know if he sold the business, or if "Beauty" opened as a new business in the same location.

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The Book Garden
2437 S Santiam Hwy
Lebanon, OR 97355
Phone Number Unknown
No known website
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - Saturday, 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Sunday - Closed

Comments:

This is a divey hole-in-the-wall, and not in a good way. It's shares the building with a barber shop that's been there for years - I suspect they either own the building, or are friends with the building owner, thereby securing an incredibly cheap lease, because I can't conceive of how this place remains open (which it has been for a couple years now, throughout the pandemic). It's tiny, it's got virtually nothing for stock, it's unorganized and to call it "cluttered" is a vast understatement.

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Monmouth


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Portland Metro


Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 228-4651
http://www.powells.com
Sunday - Saturday, 9:00am - 11:00pm
Comments:

What can we say? It's Powell's City of Books - quite possibly/probably the largest bookstore in the world. The place is pretty amazing, but, alas, frequently the prices aren't. It's worth the visit just to see the store, but it's not deal-of-the-century. Go for the experience, but realize that you're going to save FAR more money at almost any other store in the area, not to mention Amazon.

Powell's has unsurprisingly embraced "woke culture" over the past few years, moreso than ever before. Be warned.

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Title Wave Used Bookstore
216 NE Knott St
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 988-5021
https://multcolib.org/library-location/title-wave-used-bookstore
Monday - Tuesday, Friday - Saturday, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Wednesday - Thursday, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday, Closed
Comments:

Multnomah County Library used book sales location, housed in the old Albina Library, one of the fantastic Carnegie libraries. Selection is so-so, prices are good.

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Salem/Keizer


Book Bin, The
450 Court St NE
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 361-1235
http://www.bookbin.com
Monday - Saturday, 9:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday, 11:00am - 6:00pm

Comments:

This sister to the Corvallis store shares none of the character/ambiance issues. It's what the old Corvallis location used to be. Located in an old downtown building, the basement and 3rd floor aren't open to customers, but there's plenty on the 1st and 2nd floor. Like Corvallis, the Salem store is also a new bookseller, so you'll occasionally find new titles amongst the used, but it's not nearly as bad as Corvallis, as Salem has a lot more room to keep stuff separate for longer. Sci-Fi/Fantasy pickings have gotten a little slim recently, but that's more due to less people selling and more people buying the used stuff. The RPG selection moved from the 1st floor to the 2nd, and shrunk significantly - at least, what's displayed did. The store has a "rare books room" on the 2nd floor, and you can request access to it (they take your license/ID as deposit), as well as to the area where they keep a lot more RPG stuff, which apparently they're hoarding to sell online via Amazon or something. This is a pet peeve of mine, as The Book Bin in both towns has long advocated buying local, yet they place their wares online, and price to compete with the online dealers - or, at least, you'd hope they would. Someone fancies themselves a used RPG expert, and the prices are typically pretty ridiculous. Watch yourself, and price check Amazon with this place. Past that, since Borders went belly-up, The Book Bin is seeking to become Salem's go-to place for new books (and even has some of Border's old fixtures), and has started coordinating author readings/signings, which is pretty cool. We got John Varley's new novel here, as well as his autographs on our collection, so that's sweet.

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**CLOSED** Book Habit
390 Liberty St SE
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 581-3637
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Book-Habit/113377018696790
Monday - Thursday, 10:30am - 7:00pm
Friday, 10:30am - 8:00pm
Saturday, 10:30am - 8:30pm
Sunday, 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Comments:

Closed a few years ago, due to the owner's death.

An incredibly splendid old used bookstore, located in the Pringle Park Plaza. Two stories, an awesome spiral staircase to get upstairs, LOADS of character. Lots of chairs placed around the place to sit and browse. Pricing is very reasonable. No RPG stuff to mention.

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**CLOSED** Candee's Nook
159 Menlo Dr N
Keizer, OR 97303
(503) 569-0041
http://www.candeesnook.com
Hours currently unknown

Comments:

Closed - unsurprising, since they were obviously uninterested in retail.

A recent addition to Keizer. Small - maybe 300-400 square feet? Not a huge selection, and they seem more focused on their Amazon business, so don't expect to find deals compared to Amazon prices.

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Escape Fiction
3240 Triangle Dr SE
Salem, OR 97302
(503) 588-5865
http://www.escapefictionbooks.com (Scroll down, the content is there.)
Monday - Sunday, 10:00am - 7:00pm

Comments:

Still open, and still staffed by the weird/eccentric owners. Good times!

This is a great used bookstore, fit into a building not exactly designed for it (which is how they should be!). They've got a small but growing new books section up front, but they keep that seperate from the used books. Pricing is pretty reasonable on paperbacks - half cover or $2.50 minimum. No appreciable used RPG stuff (a handful of books occasionally). Owned/operated by a husband/wife team. The wife, Maria, is great, a bit quirky, but in a good way. The husband, Scott, is friendly enough, but very opinionated and doesn't seem to have a filter or realize when he should apply it. He's a nice guy and we're sure he means well, but can come off as obnoxious and rude in his opinionated screeds about whatever you may bring up. Best to avoid small talk when he's working, or try to come in when Maria is there.

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**CLOSED** Paperback Exchange
1201 Commercial St SE
Salem, OR 97302
(503) 362-0616
http://www.paperbackexchangesalem.com
Tuesday - Friday, 10:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Comments:

Paperback Exchange sadly closed a few years back. While I'm happy to have had a chance to clean off a few of their shelves during the closing sale, I'm still incredibly sad to see it gone, and increasingly frustrated every time I drive by and see the stupid damned weed store that inhabits the location.

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Reader's Guide to Recycled Literature
695 Edgewater St NW
Salem, OR 97304
(503) 588-3166
No known website
Monday - Saturday, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday, 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Comments:

Reader's Guide moved from 1105 Edgewater NW about 2 years ago. The old location was comprised of several smaller retail spaces combined into one, which was incredibly awesome and mazelike. The new location is far bigger, part of a warehouse building. The added bonus is that it's bigger, so there's more room. The downside is the loss of character, and the lighting sucks. All said, though, it's a pretty decent bookstore, and one can usually find something they want. Not a lot of used RPG stuff, though - we think they direct people to sell that to The Book Bin.

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St. Vincent de Paul - East Salem
642 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 779-2161
http://www.salemsvdp.org
Monday - Saturday, 9:00am - 7:00pm
Sunday, 10:00am - 6:00pm

Comments:

We haven't visted either store in the Salem area. They're on our list to visit.

Update:

We drove by tonight, and this location appears to have folded. The lighted sign is reversed to appear blank, and the shop itself is empty. Oddly, though, we found this via SVDP's website, so we'll be calling soon to clarify, and see if perhaps they just relocated.

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St. Vincent de Paul - North Salem
3745 Portland Rd NE
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 364-3210
http://www.salemsvdp.org
Monday - Saturday, 10:00am - 6:00pm

Comments:

We haven't visted either store in the Salem area. They're on our list to visit.

Update:

The phone number listed for the store is also apparently for the headquarters, but it just directs to a voicemail box, which is annoying. As such, I can't really update for the East Salem store until I visit the North Salem store.

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CLOSED: Booksmart in Keizer closed in August 2012. Our sadness at their shuttering was blunted somewhat by their awesome $1/paperback and $2/hardcover last-day-of-business sale.


Changes/Additions

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Posted by admin at October 01, 2012 6:00 AM