3793 30th Street
San Diego CA, 92104
Open EVERY DAY from 10 AM - 7 PM
Friday March 22 - Non-Standard Lit Presents: Katie Farris and Keith McCleary @ 8 PM
Monday April 8 - Verbatim Poets Society Poetry Open-Mic! Doors open @ 7:30, starts around 8 pm (VPS is held the second Monday of every month)
April 27 - April 29 - San Diego Independent Bookstore Day Book Crawl! 3 days, tons of prizes! All weekend & Monday!
Monday May 13 - Verbatim Poets Society Poetry Open-Mic! Doors open @ 7:30, starts around 8 pm (VPS is held the second Monday of every month)
Friday May 29 - Grossmont College Writing Class Final with Mr. Griffith @ 8 PM (open to the public)
NOTICE: Due to our upcoming event space expansion, we are unfortunately not going to be scheduling as many events for the next few months. Please check back in Spring/Summer for a completely expanded event calendar!
Verbatim Books is a used and rare bookstore which features an eclectic range of gently-loved and antiquarian books. We also carry new titles from over 200 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, TXTbooks, Tan & Loose Press, 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.
We are now buying every day from 11 AM - 5 PM! Bring a box or two of your books in and we'll have a look, and make you an offer on the ones we like. For customers with more than a few boxes of books, please use the email form below to generally describe the type/condition of your books, or even to provide a list of the titles, so that we can help you determine if they are books we are able to use.
We can pay approximately 20% in cash or 30% 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 condition and quality of our books, though we do buy all types and genres of books.
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 1 zine or 1-2 copies of your book 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, California. 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 check inventory for specific books for you if you contact us directly. If you would like to browse online and still support a local San Diego business, please check out Bluestocking Books in Hillcrest. Thanks for shopping local!
jobs at verbatim books
We are not currently hiring at this time. Please feel free to submit a resume in person during business hours if you would like us to consider you for future positions.
in the press
Culture Report: An Independent San Diego Bookstore is Growing - Voice of San Diego, 3/5/19
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