3793 30th Street
San Diego CA, 92104
Open 10 AM - 8 PM Every Day
Buying Hours 11 AM - 5 PM Every Day
upcoming events (always free)
Monday July 15 - Verbatim Poets Society Open Mic @ 7:30 PM
Friday July 19 - Non-Standard Lit Presents Toscano + Pimienta @ 8 PM
Sunday August 4 - Page to Stage Reading Series @ 7 PM
Monday August 12 - Verbatim Poets Society Open Mic @ 7:30 PM (VPS is held the second Monday of every month and is open to the public!)
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.
If you are interested in renting our event space for a private event, use the form below to describe the type and size of your event and the date/time of day the event would ideally be held. Please be as specific as possible regarding the ideal date/time.
Photo shoots can be arranged at very reasonable rates. Contact us with the date/time of day that you would like to shoot and how many people will be present. Please be as specific as possible regarding the date/time.
If you would like to “pitch” us an event to host as a part of our free event calendar, use the form below to describe in detail the event that you have planned and include a date or date range. Please be as specific as possible regarding the date/time.
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. If the condition of the book is poor, it is unfortunately very unlikely we will be able to use it.
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. We do a 50/50 consignment split. 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. The store is on the south-east corner of 30th Street and 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
San Diego Book Crawl boosts independent bookstores - Uptown News, 4/5/19
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