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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

Author Ronald Spessard to sign Homespun
Saturday, July 11, 11 AM - 1 PM
Ronald Spessard

Homespun coverRonald Spessard shares a charming story of growing up in rural America after World War II. Come and meet the man, whose story will make you smile.

Local Historian to Present Children of the Streets of Richmond
Saturday, July 18, 2 - 4 PM
Harry M. Ward

Children of the Streets of Richmond coverHarry M. Ward, prolific University of Richmond emeritus professor, will present and discuss Children of the Streets of Richmond, 1865-1920. Ward's book is a fascinating survey of the cosmopolitan, boisterous life of poor children in the capital city after the War Between the States.

Meet Photographer and Author of a New Book on Richmond
Sunday, July 26, 2 - 4 PM
Photographer John Henley and author David Neale

Richmond coverPhotographer John Henley and author David Neale will be on hand to present their new pictorial essay about Richmond. It's a beautiful coffee table book with full-color photos on every page of Richmond's history and people.