3793 30th Street
San Diego CA, 92104
Open EVERY DAY from 10 AM - 7 PM
Wednesday April 11 - Verbatim Poets Society Open-Mic Poetry @ 7:30 PM (VPS meets the second Wednesday of every month)
Wednesday May 30 - Grossmont College Fiction Writing Class Final Meeting/Reading with Professor Griffith (public welcome) @ 8 PM
Verbatim Books is a used and rare bookstore which features a wide and eclectic range of gently-loved and antiquarian books. We also carry new titles from over 120 local authors. Our zine corner is full of stuff made by local zine and chapbook creators, as well as some of the best from distributors such as Burn All Books, Pioneers Press, Microcosm Publishing, Tiny Splendor, and more. Our walls are covered with work by San Diego artists and photographers, which we hope will enhance your browsing and reading experience. Join us!
We are now buying every day from 10 AM - 7 PM! Bring your books in and we'll have a look and make you an offer on the ones we like.
We can pay approximately 20% in cash or 35% in store credit of the value of the books we can use. Store credit is good just like cash in our store; use it at any time and on any product.
Please note that we are extremely selective about the quality of our books, though we do buy all types and genres of books.
Please feel free to call ahead if you have a very large amount of books (over 5 boxes) and we can try to arrange a time to help you bring them into the store. For your convenience, we can also make appointments.
Local Author Program
We do not buy new books, but we do support our local authors through our Local Author Program, which allows all authors currently residing in San Diego or Tijuana to put their book or zine in our store for sale on consignment. If you are interested in joining the program, it's easy! Just bring 2-3 copies of your work into the store and fill out a short form. Then we'll get your book or zine out for sale ASAP.
Send us a message and we'll get back to you ASAP. For inquiries about books in stock, please call (619) 501-7466 during our business hours. Please note that we unfortunately cannot say if we will be interested in buying your books without seeing them in person.
map & directions
We are located in the heart of North Park, San Diego. Our nearest cross-street is North Park Way. We are one block south of University Avenue on 30th Street. Please feel free to call us at (619) 501-7466 if you would like us to help direct you to our location.
why don't you have an online inventory?
We feel that the one of the benefits to being a brick-and-mortar bookstore in the age of instant gratification is to experience the pleasure of browsing the unknown and unfamiliar, and the joy of discovering something new. It is important to us to try and reserve our selection for physical browsers in order to heighten this experience. Of course, we are happy to search for specific books for you if you contact us directly. If you would like to browse online and yet still support a local business, please check out Bluestocking Books in Hillcrest or Adams Avenue Books in Normal Heights. Thanks for shopping local!
in the press
Culture Report: The (Risky?) Business of Opening a Bookstore - Voice of San Diego, 1/5/16
Reasons To Love San Diego Right Now - San Diego Magazine, 1/22/16
Meet the painter amongst the pages at Verbatim Books - San Diego CityBeat, 2/2/16
10 San Diego Shops To Visit On Independent Bookstore Day - KPBS, 4/26/16
San Diego independent bookstores thriving despite digital competition - JMS Reports, 5/4/16
Top 5 Bookstores in San Diego - Parachute, 5/26/16
North Park: el paraíso hipster de San Diego - Travesias, 9/14/16
12 Things to Do in San Diego When It's Raining - There San Diego, 1/19/17
Closure of Fifth Avenue Books part of a changing industry - San Diego Union Tribune, 2/1/17
How San Diego Bookstores are Surviving - KPBS, 2/27/17
The Best Part About Being a Bookstore Owner - San Diego Reader, 8/2/17
8 San Diego Musicians Taking Care of Business - NBC San Diego
Where to shop for Small Business Saturday in San Diego - Pacific SD, 11/21/17