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Capitol Hill Books

Bookstore
Capitol Hill, Washington
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  • Sandy L.
    "Excellent titles and witty labels."(4 Tips)
    Sean M.
    "Quirky labels."(2 Tips)
    Peter M.
    "best used bookstore in the District"(2 Tips)
    Angie H.
    "Books stacked to the ceiling, even in the bathrooms."(2 Tips)
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  • Hannah L.
    Hannah Luddy3 weeks ago
    Amazing books and tips from the owner. Fun for a day off.
  • Erin S.
    Erin ShayMarch 22
    Minimal organization, maximum snarkiness. I can't wait to come back to explore all the owners random comments peppered on the shelves. A chronic book reader's dream used bookstore.
    Upvoted Aug 30
  • Sandy L.
    Sandy LeyFebruary 21
    Excellent titles and witty labels. Worth stopping in just to look. Truly an original bookshop
  • Wrigley F.
    Wrigley FielderDecember 20, 2015
    Have a laugh at all the signs posted throughout the store. Eddy out of the crowds even on a busy Saturday in a cozy chair upstairs in the mystery section. 😄📚📚
    Upvoted Aug 30
  • Adam H.
    Adam HallJanuary 25, 2015
    This is a place you have to see to believe. Books piled anywhere and everywhere. I especially love the quirky and clever labels (e.g. a pile on the floor labeled, "George Washington rests here").
  • Stephanie H.
    Stephanie H.November 3, 2014
    Wonderful bookstore with plenty of charm. Smells like old books and glue with things in every nook and cranny. Has its own organization but might take a couple visits to appreciate it.
    Upvoted Aug 30
  • Angie H.
    Angie HarmonSeptember 22, 2014
    This place is a fire hazard. Books stacked to the ceiling, even in the bathrooms. But, there's a good selection, and sometimes, tequila from plastic bottles.
  • Kenneth H.
    Kenneth HauSeptember 5, 2014
    Smells good. Don't bring backpacks else you have to leave them at the front desk. Explore every room and floor.
  • Kris
    KrisSeptember 16, 2013
    Wall to wall to wall with books. The owner buys his merchandise from auctions... that sell dead people's stuff. Spooky. But neat.
  • Sean M.
    Sean McGrathSeptember 9, 2013
    Floor to ceiling books. Quirky labels. Vintage everything else. This is a quintessential bookstore.
  • Fafinette J.
    Fafinette JSiakaAugust 5, 2013
    Books, books, books, books.
  • Mikhail B.
    Mikhail BJuly 7, 2013
    This place oozes charm. From the oodles piles of paperbacks almost neatly lining the walls to the elderly cashier this place will not be soon forgotten. Your tab is also calculated by hand.
  • Angela H.
    Angela HongMarch 22, 2013
    This place is as magical as harry potter's world -- can you find books you are looking for? Friendly staffs too
  • Leah B.
    Leah BrayAugust 12, 2012
    So many books, so little time.
  • Peter M.
    Peter McGrathApril 28, 2012
    This is the best used bookstore in the District -- huge selection, good prices.
  • Lindsay B.
    Lindsay BembenekJanuary 14, 2012
    A local, haphazard bookstore of a dying breed. Visit for free wine and cheese every second Saturday of the month. And make sure not to say the words "Amazon" or "kindle" in the owner's presence.
    Upvoted Aug 30
  • M Squared Real Estate
    M Squared Real EstateAugust 20, 2011
    For a delightful surprise, be sure to open the cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Margo
    MargoNovember 20, 2010
    Densely packed with good stuff, if you can get past the curmudgeonly owner.
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