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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 22,000 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, including our new Arts & Rare Book Annex, our shared space includes tens of thousands of VINYL RECORDS and GRAPHIC NOVELS, a huge mezzanine level that includes the Labyrinth Above the Last Bookstore, Gather Yarn Shop, and the Spring Arts Collective gallery shops.  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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Award-winning 11 minute documentary by director Chad Howitt on owner Josh Spencer.

Welcome to The Last Bookstore from Chad Howitt on Vimeo.

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.

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“20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World” – Flavorwire

“Best Bookstore in Downtown LA” 2012-2015 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.

If your submission is for a reading or book launch, please include the ISBN for the book(s).

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453 S Spring St – Ground Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Hours of operation:

Mon-Thur 10a-10p
Fri-Sat 10a-11p
Sun 10a-9p

PLEASE NOTE that before entering our store we ask you to check with security any bag larger than an 8×11″ sheet of paper, due to problems with shop-lifting.

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.

Click here for specific driving directions

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.  We buy based on our inventory needs, which can change week to week.

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.  For large collections, please include with your email at least 10 photos representative of your collection, with 10-15 clearly legible spines in each photo.  And a phone number.  Please note we prefer books from smoke-free environments.

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 $1-3 each. For current textbooks, collectible books, recently published books, and others 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 much 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 usually at the store Wednesday thru Sunday from 10am until 5:30pm. Please call 213-488-0599 before coming in to make sure they are at the store.  Please note, there is no record buyer in the store Monday or Tuesday. 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!

ITEMS we usually need in very good condition:

  • classics
  • books published within the last few years
  • TV show boxset & feature film DVDs
  • architecture
  • art
  • contemporary literature
  • counterculture
  • current textbooks published the past 3 years
  • fashion
  • graphic novels
  • mathematics
  • music books
  • non-fiction
  • philosophy
  • photography
  • recent cookbooks
  • sci-fi/fantasy
  • young adult
    and much more!

RECORDS we usually buy:

  • LPs, 45s, 12″s & 78s from the 1950s to now
  • rock & roll, soul, r&b, jazz, blues, disco, reggae, folk, pop, psych, punk, experimental, metal, noise, hip hop, dance 12″, spoken word, comedy, gospel, ethnic folk, international, children’s, soundtracks, country, classical, etc.

BOOKS we never buy:

  • Books that smell like cigarettes
  • Encyclopedias
  • Reader’s Digest
  • Dirty, moldy, or broken books
  • magazines from the past 20 years
  • most hardcover novels, unless by an author on the most-wanted list
  • kids books not in like-new condition
  • old cookbooks, business, computer reference, health, or politics
  • Twilight series

RECORDS we never take:

  • most Broadway musicals, most easy listening, most Polka music, titles we are overstocked with, etc.

LIST OF WRITERS WE USUALLY BUY (by no means complete):

  • ALBERT CAMUS
  • ALDOUS HUXLEY
  • ALFRED BESTER
  • ALLEN GINSBERG
  • AYN RAND
  • BILL BRYSON
  • BRET EASTON ELLIS
  • C.S. LEWIS
  • CARL JUNG
  • CARLOS CASTANEDA
  • CHARLES BUKOWSKI
  • CHESTER HIMES
  • CHUCK PALAHNIUK
  • CORMAC MCCARTHY
  • DAVE EGGERS
  • DAVID FOSTER WALLACE
  • DAVID MITCHELL
  • DAVID RAKOFF
  • DAVID SEDARIS
  • DON DELILLO
  • DONNA TARTT
  • EMILY DICKINSON
  • ERNEST HEMINGWAY
  • F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
  • FLANNERY O’CONNOR
  • FRANZ KAFKA
  • FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE
  • FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY
  • G. FLYNN
  • GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ
  • GEORGE ORWELL
  • GEORGE R.R. MARTIN
  • H.P. LOVECRAFT
  • HARUKI MURAKAMI
  • HILARY MANTEL
  • HOWARD ZINN
  • HUNTER S. THOMPSON
  • IAN FLEMING
  • IMMANUEL KANT
  • ITALO CALVINO
  • J.D. SALINGER
  • J.G. BALLARD
  • J.R.R. TOLKIEN
  • JACK KEROUAC
  • JACQUES DERRIDA
  • JAMES M. CAIN
  • JEAN-PAUL SARTRE
  • JEFFREY EUGENIDES
  • JENNIFER EGAN
  • JIM THOMPSON
  • JOAN DIDION
  • JOHN FANTE
  • JONATHAN FRANZEN
  • JONATHAN LETHEM
  • JORGE LUIS BORGES
  • KURT VONNEGUT
  • MARGARET ATWOOD
  • MARIO VARGA LLOSA
  • MICHAEL CHABON
  • MICHEL FOUCAULT
  • MIKE DAVIS
  • NEIL GAIMAN
  • OLIVER SACKS
  • PABLO NERUDA
  • PHILIP K. DICK
  • RAINER MARIA RILKE
  • RAY BRADBURY
  • RAYMOND CHANDLER
  • RICHARD BRAUTIGAN
  • RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
  • ROBERT HEINLEIN
  • ROBERTO BOLANO
  • SALMAN RUSHDIE
  • SIGMUND FREUD
  • SLAVOJ ZIZEK
  • STEPHEN KING
  • SYLVIA PLATH
  • TERRY PRATCHETT
  • THOMAS PYNCHON
  • VLADIMIR NABOKOV
    …AND MANY MORE

 

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3. MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN – Ransom Riggs
4. F*CK FEELINGS – Michael Bennett
5. THE ALCHEMIST 25TH ANNIVERSARY – Paulo Coelho
6. THE LITTLE PRINCE – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
7. BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME – Ta-Nehisi Coates
8. DIRTY PRETTY THINGS – Michael Faudet
9. AMERICAN GODS – Neil Gaiman
10. ME BEFORE YOU – Jojo Moyes
11. LOBSTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE – Liz Climo
12. ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS… – Benjamin Saenz
13. HARRY POTTER & THE CURSED CHILD – JK Rowling
14. READY PLAYER ONE – Ernest Cline
15. TRUMP COLORING BOOK – M.G. Anthony
16. LOVE POEMS – Pablo Neruda
17. SIDEWALKING – David Ulin
18. LOLITA – Vladimir Nabokov
19. THE ULTIMATE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE – Douglas Adams
20. I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS – Maya Angelou
21. THE BLOODY CHAMBER – Angela Carter
22. DIARY OF AN OXYGEN THIEF – Anonymous
23. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS – M. R. Carey
24. DOCTOR WHO TIME LORD FAIRY TALES – BBC
25. MANAGE YOUR DAY-TO-DAY – Jocelyn K. Glei
26. 1Q84 – Haruki Murakami
27. PRIDE & PREJUDICE – Jane Austen
28. GIRLS – Emma Cline
29. THE SHINING – Stephen King
30. WHAT WOULD JANE DO? – Potter Style

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July New Best-Sellers

August 2, 2016

1. MILK AND HONEY – Rupi Kaur
2. WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
3. MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN – Ransom Riggs
4. F*CK FEELINGS – Michael Bennett
5. THE ALCHEMIST 25TH ANNIVERSARY – Paulo Coelho
6. THE LITTLE PRINCE – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
7. BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME – Ta-Nehisi Coates
8. DIRTY PRETTY THINGS – Michael Faudet
9. AMERICAN GODS – Neil Gaiman
10. ME BEFORE YOU – Jojo Moyes
11. LOBSTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE – Liz Climo
12. ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS… – Benjamin Saenz
13. HARRY POTTER & THE CURSED CHILD – JK Rowling
14. READY PLAYER ONE – Ernest Cline
15. TRUMP COLORING BOOK – M.G. Anthony
16. LOVE POEMS – Pablo Neruda
17. SIDEWALKING – David Ulin
18. LOLITA – Vladimir Nabokov
19. THE ULTIMATE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE – Douglas Adams
20. I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS – Maya Angelou
21. THE BLOODY CHAMBER – Angela Carter
22. DIARY OF AN OXYGEN THIEF – Anonymous
23. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS – M. R. Carey
24. DOCTOR WHO TIME LORD FAIRY TALES – BBC
25. MANAGE YOUR DAY-TO-DAY – Jocelyn K. Glei
26. 1Q84 – Haruki Murakami
27. PRIDE & PREJUDICE – Jane Austen
28. GIRLS – Emma Cline
29. THE SHINING – Stephen King
30. WHAT WOULD JANE DO? – Potter Style

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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.

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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.

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