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A respite for readers for 35 years

We have been serving readers around the world from the West End of Richmond, Virginia for 35 years. Visitors to the store are free to explore our four rooms and browse through 20,000 titles in stock—half new and half a combination of used and collectible volumes—all within a 1200 square-foot house. We offer...

  • Convenient, Ample Parking
  • Discounts on New York Times Bestsellers
  • Delivery and shipping available
  • Cozy, old-fashioned bookstore atmosphere
  • New, used, and rare books
  • Foreign language section
  • Out-of-print book search
  • Discounts to institutions and book clubs

Book People is located just south of the corner of Granite and Patterson Avenues with ample parking to the side of the store.

We special order books, read books and have an excellent track record of locating out of print books for our customers. Both in-store shoppers and telephone orders are welcome. We delight in face-to-face transactions, but attend to domestic and international phone-in mail orders promptly as well. Our inventory is NOT computerized, apart from over 3,700 collectible titles listed with AbeBooks. We are proud to rely on our brains instead.

Rare books make great gifts!

In the digital information age, a hand-picked rare book stands out as something truly special. Did you know that we have thousands of used and rare books available online? We have been collecting for over 30 years. Go ahead and browse awhile.

Upcoming events

Get Set for An Exciting Beach Read!
Saturday, June 13, 2 - 4 PM
Author Herrick Lyons will present and sign his new thriller, The Tower.

The Tower coverHerrick Lyons, also known as Don Sparkman, is a graphic designer, art director, and author of political action thrillers. He'll be on hand to sign his newest title, The Tower, where things are not all that they seem in Duck, NC! Great for thriller, adventure, spy, and mystery buffs.

Get a Personal Take on Islam.
Saturday, June 27, 2 - 4 PM
Counselor Sheima Salam Sumer will discuss and sign her new guide, How to Be a Happy Muslim.

How To Be a Happy Muslim coverLicensed counselor and author Sheima Salam Sumer will be on hand to discuss and sign her book, How to Be a Happy Muslim Insha'Allah. If you are interested in co-existence and cross-cultural exchange, come out for this one!