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About

The Last Bookstore is California’s largest used and new book and record store.  Currently in our third incarnation, we began in 2005 in a downtown Los Angeles loft.

That’s when owner Josh Spencer took his decade of experience selling everything from cars to clothes online and focused instead on his first love:  books.  During the revitalization of downtown LA, we grew quickly to our current 20,000 sq. ft. space in the Spring Arts Tower at 5th & Spring.

The name was chosen with irony, but seems more appropriate with each passing day as physical bookstores die out like dinosaurs from the meteoric impact of Amazon and e-books.  We continue to BUY, SELL, and TRADE like we have from day one.  In addition to over 250,000 NEW and USED books on two floors, our shared space includes tens of thousands of VINYL RECORDS and GRAPHIC NOVELS, Gather yarn shop, a huge mezzanine level that includes the Labyrinth Above the Last Bookstore (with a back room of 100,000 books for $1 each!) and the Spring Arts Collective gallery shops. And coming spring 2015, a new Arts & Rare Books Room!  Truly something for everyone.

Somehow we became one of the largest independent bookstores in the world still standing.  We continue to be amazed at how we got here.  It’s ALL thanks to people like you who want to keep actual books and records existing in the world.  Join the cause — visit us soon!

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KCRW‘s Saul Gonzalez visits us and interviews the Last Bookstore owner who created a massive retail space that’s a mix of Victorian drawing room, sci-fi spectacle and artist loft bohemianism. It’s all part of the mission to keep the paper and ink book business alive in an era of e-readers and digital downloads.

“20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World” – Flavorwire

“Best Bookstore in Downtown LA” 2012, 2013 by LA Weekly and The Downtown News

The Last Bookstore is glorious, Borgesian, mad in the best possible way. Ask your publisher to get you a signing there. Absolute must.William Gibson, author of Neuromancer

If you’re looking for a vintage record or rare book that you can’t find anywhere else, or if you’re interested in discovering a cool spot to hang out at during the week, The Last Bookstore may be just the place for you.- KROQ, May 2012

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Booking An Event

With an adaptable audience area of 6000 sq. ft., we offer a full-service venue for any variety of event — literary, musical, theatrical, etc. We book events that have natural draws of 50-500 people. Submit your proposal below! Please note that due to volume we cannot respond to all submissions, calls or emails.

 

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Previous Events

  • BJ Novak
    BJ Novak
  • David Kipen PEN Center
    David Kipen PEN Center
  • Francesca Lia Block
    Francesca Lia Block
  • KRS One
    KRS One
  • LA Zine fest
    LA Zine fest
  • LA Zine fest w/ Henry Rollins
    LA Zine fest w/ Henry Rollins
  • Portlandia
    Portlandia
  • Ransom Riggs Tehereh Mafi Wedding
    Ransom Riggs Tehereh Mafi Wedding
  • Room Forty Pop-Up Dinner
    Room Forty Pop-Up Dinner
  • Tony Hale
    Tony Hale
  • William Gibson - WIRED Magazine
    William Gibson - WIRED Magazine
  • Woven Hand
    Woven Hand

VISIT

453 S Spring St – Ground Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Hours of operation:
Mon-Thur 10a-10p
Fri-Sat 10a-11p
Sun 10a-9p

Driving Directions

Our address is 453 S Spring St, but the entrance is on 5th St. (the Spring St Center entrance is only for people loading in books to sell).

We are on the corner of Spring and 5th, which are both one-way streets. Spring St. runs south, 5th St. runs west.

From the 110 N or S, get off at 4th St. Turn right on Spring and we are on the next corner.

From the 101 N, get off at Los Angeles St. Turn right on 3rd, then left on Spring.

From the 101 S, get off at Broadway. Turn left on 4th St. Turn right on Spring.

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Parking

There is metered street parking on both sides of Spring and 5th streets. Many streets have no parking during afternoon/evening rush hour. To avoid towing, please check signs. Street parking is free after 6pm or 7pm (depending on street) and on Sundays.

Pay parking lots can be found at the corner of 4th & Spring or on the right side of Spring just before and after 5th St and our store. They cost $4-8 depending on the day and time. We don’t validate, sorry!

Subway Directions

There is a Metro Red/Purple Line stop 2 blocks from us: the Pershing Square station. Exit the station on the Pershing Square side, and walk 2 blocks south on 5th St. (cross Broadway) to the corner of 5th & Spring. We’re located on the northwest corner (across from the Alexandria Hotel & Buzz, respectively).

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Sell/Trade Books, CDs, and DVDs

We buy more books than anyone else in southern CA!  We don’t buy everything but will consider all good books, CDs, and DVDs in very good or better condition.

Book/DVD/CD Buy Counter HOURS: 7 days a week, 10am-5:30pm

How it works: If you have questions before bringing your items in, ask us by email or call 213-488-0599. If you have more than 500 items (20 boxes), please Request a Home Visit.

If bringing your items in, it’s best to park near and enter through the 453 S Spring St entrance. If you come in the 5th St entrance with items to sell, the guard will ask you to go outside and around to the Sellers entrance on Spring St. We have a hand-truck you can borrow. An ID is required to sell items. It’s first come-first serve but wait times are rarely more than 20 minutes.

After evaluating your items, we’ll make you a CASH and a TRADE offer. Our CASH offer will be 20-50% of what we can re-sell your items for.  For common everyday books, that usually translates to $1-2 each. For current textbooks, art books, collectible books, DVD box sets, etc. we are more likely to pay quite a bit more. Our TRADE offer of store credit will usually be 50% more than the Cash offer and is good for used books only. You are welcome to donate any items we make no offer for.

We prefer if you bring your items in when the Buy counter is open but if you must drop your items off after 6pm (or if you have too many books for us to go through quickly), you can sign a drop-off agreement and we’ll look at them within a day and give you a call with our offer.

Sell/Trade Records

The Last Bookstore buys, sells, and trades tons of Vinyl Records during regular business hours. The record buyer is at the store Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 5:30pm. Please note, there is no record buyer in the store on Tuesday or Thursday. Please feel free to email our record buyer with details on what records you have, or bring them by the store. We make house calls for large collections too – please email us! We will always take a look at any records you want to sell, but most records have to be in nice condition; although we make exceptions for unique & collectible items. We pay between 1/3 and 1/2 of our sell prices.

We take pride in our reputation for paying a fair amount for quality collectible records.

Donate

While we purchase hundreds of books & records each day, please consider DONATING your items if you don’t especially need to sell. Bookstores won’t be around forever, and every donation helps us stay in business longer. Books we can’t use are re-donated for charitable purposes as we find need.

To schedule a free donation pick-up in LA County, use Re-Bookit!

Latest News

Closing early Dec 24 at 6pm and closed all day Dec 25. Merry Christmas!


December 16, 2014

We’re closing early at 6pm on Christmas Eve Dec 24 and we’re closed all day Christmas Dec 25.  We re-open Friday Dec 26 at 10am for normal hours.

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Contact Us

453 S Spring St – Ground Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Store Phone: 213-488-0599

General Info

Please note that due to the volume of requests, we do not accept ANY unsolicited requests to carry New books, magazines, or any sidelines. We are unable to respond to such requests at this time.

Selling Books

Selling or Buying Records

Booking Events/Venue Rental

Please note that we are inundated with requests and cannot respond to all. Email the above address and if we are interested we’ll respond. Calls to the store about events most likely will not get a response due to the volume of calls we receive. We book events that have natural draws of 50+ people.

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Jobs

If you have bookstore, library, or other book-related experience you can send your resume/CV to us to have on file. Jobs will be posted here when available, although we look at resumes on file first.

Jobs

NOW HIRING for Position Below:

1) Loss Prevention/Greeter/Security Guard
On-call, 6-20 hrs per week to start
(possible full-time later)

DUTIES:
-greet customers
-check bags
-loss prevention
-escort problem customers from store
-set up for events (lift heavy tables)
-handle problem customers
-other duties

QUALIFICATIONS:
-alert
-detail-oriented
-clear speaker (English)
-ability to deal politely with problem customers and shoplifters
-event set-up – must be strong enough to lift very heavy tables (50 lbs.+)
-security/loss prevention experience preferred but not necessary

Applicants please email here.