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Strand Bookstore

Strand Bookstore

Bookstore and Used Bookstore
Greenwich Village, New York
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    "If you love books, you'll love Strand.... 18 miles of books!"(18 Tips)
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    "Amazing place if you're a book lover."(14 Tips)
    Alexander L.
    "Worth it for the rare books section alone."(26 Tips)
    Youssof M.
    "An amazing bookstore with wide selection of used books."(16 Tips)
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  • Jacob F.heart icon on user image
    Jacob FordDecember 31, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    In a corner of the Rare Book Room, you’ll find a little hallway of bibliographies and art books. The first few shelves have bargain leathers, where you can get a book older than our country for $6.
    Upvoted Oct 14
  • Wayne A.heart icon on user image
    Wayne AFebruary 25, 2017
    Outliving City Lights in my lifetime - volumes to go before one sleeps. Amazing way to spend the day from the rare book section to all stacks in all floors.
    Upvoted Sep 17
  • Savoteur
    SavoteurAugust 2, 2016
    Strand is frequented by both tourists and locals for its rare book room, deal bins, and "Strand"-branded tote bags and T-shirts. The Strand has events, from readings and classes to art shows. Read more
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Em R.heart icon on user image
    Em ReidMarch 6, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Best bookstore in Manhattan. If you want a lot of specific stuff, look the titles up on their site before to see if it's in stock & where it is. Otherwise just browse & enjoy hunting for treasure.
  • John P.heart icon on user image
    John ParkesNovember 14, 2017
    Christmas shopping sorted in one trip. Can’t think of a suitable book for your particular friend or loved one? Luckily this place also has the best magnets, socks, posters, coffee mugs, tote bags, etc
  • Jacob F.heart icon on user image
    Jacob FordMarch 26, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Secret entrance to the Rare Book Room: enter door to the left of the main entrance, take stairs to 3.
  • Kaitlinheart icon on user image
    KaitlinNovember 3, 2018
    One of the best bookstores I’ve ever been to. Great prices, friendly staff, lovely store with a huge selection.
  • Jaro G.
    Jaro G4November 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I've been coming to this bookstore since I was a kid. I can still say this is the greatest bookstore to come to. It's an Icon for booklovers and even has the same smell of paper & ink. Stop by :)
  • M G.heart icon on user image
    M GonzalezMarch 6, 2018
    not my favorite bookstore in Manhattan, and sometimes it's way too crowded, but it's iconic to NY, and a definite must see if you've never been. Sometimes the dollar section is really on point too.
  • Stina P.
    Stina P.June 10, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    the best bookshop in NY - browse for hours. get lost in the stacks - reused and reduced price. $1 selects outside. new books of every topic on every table
  • Alyssa
    AlyssaAugust 25, 2014
    Don't be afraid to ask for help! With 18 miles of books, if you have a certain one in mind, it might take a while to find on your own. Plus, the staff is super friendly and helpful.
  • Ben D.
    Ben DruckerMarch 21, 2015
    Huge selection and super reasonable prices. Expect to pay maybe 10% more than Amazon. They also have a huge paperback selection where a B&N will try to push expensive hardcovers.
  • Anthony M.heart icon on user image
    Anthony McDonnellApril 8, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    Greatest bookstore in the world. Hyperbole aside, they have literally almost every book you might be looking for. Check out the rare book room to pour over 19th century illustrations.
  • Sailorheart icon on user image
    SailorMarch 18, 2018
    It’s like a Barnes and Noble that doesn’t want to admit it’s just a Barnes and Noble, with an absurd amount of feminist and branded gear, nevertheless an amazing selection of books.
  • Paola T.heart icon on user image
    Paola TrabancoSeptember 17, 2015
    New releases, old books you won't find anywhere else at a good price. It's a calm and friendly environment and the staff is very helpful. If you love books this is the place to buy them.
  • Malene H.
    Malene HaldMay 6, 2016
    Remember too browse new books for half price at the bottom floor. Has great merchandise. Can get very hot, dry and crowded. Great selection of comics, graphic novels and arts/design books.
  • Gary H.heart icon on user image
    Gary HorNovember 21, 2015
    Strand feels more like a library than a bookstore. There are so many books here. And if you're looking for souvenirs, I would recommend the book tote bags. Tons of cool designs as well.
  • Margot M.heart icon on user image
    Margot MazurDecember 10, 2014
    One of my favorite places in the city. I always find books I cant live without. Look for the Chomsky section right as you come downstairs.
    Upvoted Sep 11
  • KEheart icon on user image
    KEFebruary 5, 2017
    Most of the shelves are stocked with used books & if you're looking for anything brand new, press copies are downstairs. Prices = reasonable, staff are super helpful. Visit and get lost in books! 👓
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WFebruary 20, 2013
    One of the best book stores ever! Great selection of Taschen books. Go upstairs and stare in awe at the rare book collection while huffing the wonderful old book smell. Lots of hard to find books too.
  • Holiday
    HolidayFebruary 28, 2016
    Truly the best bookstore I've ever encounter. Great price on books, lps and stationary. Warm and helpful staff and they buy used books too. I try to buy all my gifts here.
  • Chris R.heart icon on user image
    Chris RaghoobarApril 14, 2016
    It's the best book store I've ever visited. 3 levels of all sorts of literary treasures and rarities. There's other stuff, too, but you're guaranteed to find something new to read.
  • Estella C.
    Estella ChristenMay 14, 2021
    Such an excellent book store. Amazing collections of different varieties of books. Great selections. Rare & Old books are also available, Good environment Feels very nice & calm. Worth visiting here.
  • Zsuzsanna M.heart icon on user image
    Zsuzsanna MiklósiApril 17, 2017
    Book heaven! Huge selection, great recommendations on thematic tables and very friendly and well-read stuff. A must for book lovers.
  • Rishi S.heart icon on user image
    Rishi SatsangiJanuary 19, 2015
    Absolutely love this place. Really cool space, good employee favorites displays and all around awesome bookstore. Go here get guys, don't go to Barnes and noble at union sq.
  • Leisl E.
    Leisl EvansSeptember 3, 2020
    You'll find a little hallway of bibliographies. The first few shelves have leathers, where you can get an older book than our country. An art books in a corner of the Book Space.
  • Pedro C.
    Pedro CristianiOctober 2, 2014
    best place to buy your moleskine notebook-- discounts on every model. strand is a gorgeous sight-- you will find mint, review copies of new and old hardcover books way under their cover price.
  • Steve K.
    Steve KJune 15, 2014
    We're from Portland, OR and it reminded me a lot of Powell's Books. Great place with clever, quality t-shirts, book bags, etc. Stellar selection of books. Highly recommended!
  • Integrity Consultants, L.L.C.
    As much as I value technology, I can't help but appreciate the feel of a book in my hand. I recommend that all book lovers take a break from the e-reader once in a while and revel in that experience.
  • Bond Street
    Bond StreetOctober 6, 2016
    "The Strand is still here with an excellent selection of art books and a great space to get lost in; a true NYC staple." - Tenzin Wild, co-founder - The Last Magazine Read more
  • Lori C.heart icon on user image
    Lori ChambersJune 4, 2013
    This has got to be the best BARGAIN bookstore EVER. Well, if you've been to 2nd & Charles. It is quite similar. Great books, Great prices! :-)
  • Stephanie K.
    Stephanie KuoOctober 21, 2014
    Miles of books, on every conceivable subject matter, stretching as far as the eye can see. Do take the time to go through the vintage stacks for buried literary treasures!
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatOctober 28, 2011
    The best bookstore in the city. 4 floors with tons and tons of books from best sellers to rare unknowns. Find some gems in the $1 section and carry them home in one of their famous tote bags.
  • Caroline D.heart icon on user image
    Caroline DengMay 12, 2015
    This is basically a day trip for anybody who loves books. There are so many genres available that I don't know where to start. It can get crowded during tourist season though.
  • jiresellheart icon on user image
    jiresellAugust 30, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    My favorite bookstore anywhere. Just enough of a treasure hunt for great titles on the tables with a complete collection in the stacks to make it fun!
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListAugust 3, 2012
    If the idea of 55,000 square feet of books sounds attractive, you must visit. The establishment houses thousands of discounted new and used titles,rare books,and hard-to-find art and photography books Read more
  • Elizabeth L.heart icon on user image
    Elizabeth LeeOctober 18, 2016
    Famous bookstore with long history of selling used and new books. If I rem correctly, it used to feel more authentic as a bookstore. Now it feels like just another bookstore with lots of souvenirs.
  • ben m.
    ben mAugust 19, 2014
    A reader's dream. Tons of books and very inexpensive! You never know what you may find, but you likely won't leave empty handed. I even found a cheap copy of American Hardcore here.
  • Christy F.heart icon on user image
    Christy FDecember 30, 2016
    If you can't find a book to read here, it's only because you're so overwhelmed by the number of books available. A must visit for every book lover.
  • Jessica T.
    Jessica ThompsonMay 7, 2021
    The best bookstore in the entire world. I appreciate how fresh and used books are shown side by side on the shelves, and the staff is extremely knowledgeable.
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SternMarch 16, 2013
    I would probably live in this place if it was allowable. I highly recommend checking out each floor, including the rare book room! Absolutely amazing place & fun for the entire family!
  • Buseto
    BusetoFebruary 1, 2015
    Nothing beats their selection of books, and you're always sure to discover an unexpected gem in those bookshelves. Make sure to check out the half-priced new books in the basement.
  • Carmen N.heart icon on user image
    Carmen NOctober 17, 2015
    Possibly my favorite bookstore in the city. Always has what I'm looking for - and usually a good condition used book for a good price.
  • darnisha b.heart icon on user image
    darnisha bishopJune 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing place if you're a book lover. A bit overwhelming, so definitely have an idea of what you're looking for before you venture in there. ;-)
  • Eviheart icon on user image
    EviApril 9, 2018
    The biggest bookstore with many kilometers of books and a great rare book section. Must visit
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.April 28, 2014
    Huge and dizzying. Not necessarily the best. Gothamist says, "Yes, its fame as a totebag emporium is well-known, but its prices and selection are seldom beat." Read more
  • Annie L.
    Annie LuOctober 14, 2012
    Staff are friendly, knowledgeable and super helpful. Don't forget to dig through the clearance racks outside as you're leaving! All Taschen books 10% off as of 10/13/12!
  • Libby N.heart icon on user image
    Libby NemethMarch 29, 2013
    If you're from the NW and are in dire need of some cheap, used reads, this place is it! Reminiscent of Portland, OR based Powell's Books. Almost ;)
  • Sherry J.heart icon on user image
    Sherry JuMay 20, 2016
    Must visit while you are in town! They have amazing collections of books on New York as well.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 12, 2014
    In the age of convenient online retail shops, there is something that cannot be matched in the experience of walking out of a great bookshop with an armful of ready to satisfy books. Read more
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