Strand Bookstore

Strand Bookstore

Bookstore and Used Bookstore · Greenwich Village
828 Broadway (at E 12th St), New York, NY 10003, United States
Open until 10:30 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 9:30 AM–10:30 PM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–10:30 PM
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Welcome to Strand Book Store, New York City's legendary home of 18 Miles of new, used and rare books. Since 1927.


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    Washington Square Hotel
    "If you love books, you'll love Strand.... 18 miles of books!"(15 Tips)
    Teen Vogue
    "The perfect hipster haven for used and new books at discount prices."(12 Tips)
    Mugren O.
    "Make sure to check out the rare book section on the third floor!"(25 Tips)
    "An absolute must-visit for book lovers!"(10 Tips)
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  • 7th.List

    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

    7th.List · August 3, 2012
  • Jacob F.

    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.

    Jacob Ford · December 31, 2015
  • AFAR Media

    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

    AFAR Media · August 12, 2014
  • Buseto

    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.

    Buseto · February 1, 2015
  • Racked

    If the idea of 55,000 square feet of books sounds attractive, you must visit The Strand. It houses thousands of discounted new and used titles, rare books, and hard-to-find art and photography books. Read more

    Racked · October 27, 2014
  • Maureen B.

    Thousands upon thousands of books in every genre and era you can think of. Ive found some really beautifully fabric bound books here as well hidden among the shelves. Its an amazing place to wander.

    Maureen Bonsignore · April 3, 2015
  • Lisa W.

    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.

    Lisa W · February 20, 2013
  • Em W.

    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.

    Em Wilson · March 6, 2013
  • Paola T.

    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.

    Paola Trabanco · September 17, 2015
  • New York Habitat

    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.

    New York Habitat · October 28, 2011
  • 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.

  • Jaro G.

    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 :)

    Jaro G4 · November 29, 2013
  • Pedro C.

    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.

    Pedro Cristiani · October 2, 2014
  • Alyssa

    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.

    Alyssa · August 25, 2014
  • Gary H.

    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.

    Gary Hor · November 21, 2015
  • The New Yorker

    Books-by-the-Foot service provides ready-made libraries. “Bargain books,” a random selection of hardbacks, is the cheapest, at ten dollars a foot. For thirty dollars, clients can customize the color. Read more

    The New Yorker · February 15, 2011
  • Caroline D.

    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.

    Caroline Deng · May 12, 2015
  • Chris R.

    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.

    Chris Raghoobar · 2 weeks ago
  • Revel In New York

    The Strand is just a great New York Institution. One can look at photo books, art books and cookbooks for recipes. I've also hid a bunch of my own photos in books there. -Fred Cray, Photographer Read more

    Revel In New York · March 31, 2010
  • Jay S.

    If the book you're looking for is featured on one of the front display tables, chances are there are cheaper copies of it on the shelf. Also- Look for Turkish banana taffy when checking out.

    Jay Shaw · March 1, 2011
  • Rishi S.

    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.

    Rishi Satsangi · January 19, 2015
  • Diego R.

    18 miles of books distributed among several floors. If you're passionate about books, you must visit this bookstore where you'll find new books and second hand books for a good price. Read more

    Diego Rufo · April 5, 2011
  • Holiday

    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.

    Holiday · February 28
  • B&H Photo Video

    The book store with miles and miles of books is always filled with fun, friendly and interesting people. Head to the second floor's photography section and get lost in a good book.

    B&H Photo Video · January 16, 2012
  • Steve K.

    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!

    Steve K · June 15, 2014
  • Josephine S.

    LOVE this place! You can find any book, the salespeople are helpful and nice and quick check out lines. Also they buy books back!! Explore the whole store. Also love the creaky floors.

    Josephine Stern · December 2, 2010
  • ben m.

    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.

    ben m · August 19, 2014
  • Zee P.

    In a hurry? Love books? Do yourself a favor, and don't even think about coming in! The scent of delicious books will seduce your literary senses! Don't say I didn't warn you!

    Zee PC · December 17, 2014
  • Ben D.

    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.

    Ben Drucker · March 21, 2015
  • Lauren S.

    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!

    Lauren Stern · March 16, 2013
  • Racked

    With 55,000 square feet of books, the over-80-year-old establishment houses thousands of discounted new and used titles, rare books, and hard-to-find art and photography books.

    Racked · April 18, 2013

    On a rainy afternoon, nothing beats holing up in the Strand for a few hours of trawling the “miles” of crammed shelves. Use a purchase to fill out your home library/find the perfect gift for bookworm. Read more · March 27, 2012
  • Stephanie K.

    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!

    Stephanie Kuo · October 21, 2014
  • Julia B.

    Give yourself plenty of time to wander around. You might find something you didn't know you wanted. Also the best place for affordable art, interior design and fashion books.

    Julia Bottles · June 10, 2012
  • Annie L.

    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!

    Annie Lu · October 14, 2012
  • Eunice K.

    If you get the chance, go to the rare book floor and touch some old things. Bathroom on the 3rd floor is on my list of relatively clean public restrooms in New York City.

    Eunice Kim · September 18, 2015
  • California Bakery

    Libreria fornitissima, famosa anche per i suoi gadget sempre originali e creativi | A must-see for booklovers, the bookstore is famous also for its creative and original gadgets

    California Bakery · October 3, 2012
  • The Corcoran Group

    You can find everything from a large selection of great $1 used books to the newest bestsellers. Pick up one of their popular canvas tote bags to carry all your finds home.

    The Corcoran Group · May 5, 2010
  • Howcast

    Whether you're picking up a book for class or trying to impress a crush, a bad book is a bad book...check out this video on how to finish a book you hate but have to finish...

    Howcast · September 23, 2011
  • Racked

    This over-80-year-old establishment houses thousands of discounted new and used titles, rare books, and hard-to-find art and photography books. A total classic. [Racked 38 Member] Read more

    Racked · September 20, 2010
  • Kaitlin H.

    A gem of a bookstore, remnant of times past. No music is played overhead -- it is just you, and rows and rows and stacks and stacks of books. A magical place indeed!

    Kaitlin Harris · December 14, 2011
  • laura r.

    I love it here it's a big bookstore and the prices for the books are really good as well this is one of my favorite spots I go to

    laura ramirez · July 28, 2015
  • Meghan S.

    This is my happy place. Browse the staff picks and the skillfully curated tables in front, but always check for a cheaper used edition in the back or downstairs!

    Meghan Simon · March 11, 2015
  • SPIN

    This is Cults' favorite bookstore in the city! Guitarist Brian Oblivion says, "you can get every single book here" and singer Madeline Follin adds, "and it smells great!"

    SPIN · July 19, 2011
  • Katherine M.

    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

    Katherine M. · April 28, 2014
  • Laura R.

    My favorite book store I always go here and what I love about it more is that the prices are really good and there's knew books and used books. I

    Laura Ramirez · December 20, 2015
  • travel42

    You can spend hours in this store and not know it: If you enter when it's sunny, it's likely to be dark when you exit. It's walking distance to some great cafes around Union Square.

    travel42 · August 3, 2011
  • Brendan S.

    Decent math section downstairs, albeit relatively small given the store's size. Look here to round out your math bookshelf by scoring some great used finds for cheap.

    Brendan Sullivan · June 16, 2014
  • S

    Goodness, the sheer number of books inside is intoxicating. Go peer at rare books on the top floor; browse the endless shelves; pick up some bargains and pick up The Strand's memorabilia. Awesome.

    S · September 19, 2014
  • Yenny C.

    Always check out the "Banned Books" table. You'll be amazed at what you learn and may even find some of your favorite books laying around! #IReadBannedBooks

    Yenny Coll · August 17, 2013

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