These hidden (and not-so-hidden) gems are an OC bibliophile’s dream

In a world of Amazon and big-box booksellers, small brick-and-mortar bookstores are a dying breed. But luckily for us, Orange County’s literary scene is still thriving, and the following stores are the reason why. So if you’re in need of some reading material for the beach (or class), be sure to hit up these literary havens before you head online.

As Issued

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Located at the trendy The Lab in Costa Mesa, As Issued is a tiny bookstore that makes up for its size with a bevy of amazing art books, how-to guides and zines. For anyone looking for inspiration, As Issued is a must-see.

2930 Bristol St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 300-7118


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Bookman has been a literary mainstay in Orange County since 1990. Located in Orange, the store is jam-packed with used books at reasonable prices. With sections including psychology, science fiction and marriage, if you can think of it, Bookman probably has it. The store also has a ton of amazing vintage editions for any collectors out there.

840 N Tustin St
Orange, CA 92867
(714) 538-0166


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While Bookoff is part of a chain, that doesn’t stop it from being a great bookstore. You can find Orange County Bookoff locations in both Costa Mesa and Westminster, but no matter which one you pick, you’ll be sure to find a bunch of bestsellers at awesome prices, in addition to discounted DVDs and video games.

2955 Harbor Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 556-1521

BookTown USA

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You can find the tiny and charming BookTown USA in Anaheim. The owner, Thomas, is known for his friendliness and can lend a helping hand when you’re trying to find a title. A hidden gem in every sense of the word, BookTown USA has all of the magic of the best mom-and-pop bookstores.

2090 Euclid St #108
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 534-5038

Camelot Books

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Camelot Books is, well, the “Camelot of used book stores” in Orange County. Head over to Fountain Valley if you want to see one of the biggest collections of used books in OC. With super-friendly staff and cozy interior, there’s a reason Camelot Books courts so many loyal customers.

18838 Brookhurst St
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
(714) 963-3122

Friends of the Newport Beach Library Bookstore

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While small, the Friends of the Newport Beach Library Bookstore has a great collection of old, rare books and New York Times’ bestsellers. Proceeds also support the library, so you don’t have to feel guilty about stocking up.

1000 Avocado Ave
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 759-9667

Laguna Beach Books

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The quaint and cozy Laguna Beach Books is one of the best little bookstores around. In addition to a good selection for adults, the store also has tons of titles for the kids. It also hosts a variety of events, from open mic nights to author readings and book club meetings.
1200 S Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 492-4779

Libreria Martinez

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Downtown Santa Ana is home to Libreria Martinez, a great choice for those looking for books in either English or Spanish. The brainchild of Ruben Martinez, the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Libreria Martinez is heavily involved in the community of Santa Ana and provides books to low-income children in the area.
216 N Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 954-1151

Mystery Ink

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For mystery-lovers, journey no further than Huntington Beach. Mystery Ink is a specialty bookstore that houses an amazing collection of signed first editions. If the first editions are a little out of your price range, though, they’ve also got a bunch of one dollar books. They also play host to several events, including author readings and launch parties.
8907 Warner Ave #135
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(714) 960-4000

Piccolo’s Books

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A relatively new addition to Orange County’s literary scene, Piccolo’s Books is located in Lake Forest and advertises itself as the “one dollar bookstore” – an apt title. With a great selection, including a ton of thrift store items, Piccolo’s Books is a welcome addition to the O.C.
22621 Lake Forest Dr D1
Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 699-2667

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Originally posted 2016-04-12 21:54:12.

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