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The San Francisco Center for the Book  a home for Bay Area book artists and a place where the wider community can discover book arts. Everyone is welcome here, experienced practitioners and newcomers alike. The Center offers some 50 free events a year. Location: 300 Deharo at 16th St 

SF Arts Online Includes a search for Literary Events.

Books by the Bay  is an annual open-air, free-to-all book fair. Takes place  in July

California Internationl Antiquarian Bookfair Over 200 rare booksellers from the United States and around the world will be participating at the country’s largest antiquarian book fair in FEB
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Friends of the San Francisco Public Library: dedicated to supporting programs and services that bring San Francisco libraries to life. Friends receives nearly half a million donated books, in turn are resold to the public through two bookstores and a number of book sales – including the largest book sale west of the Mississippi.

Bernal Heights 500 Cortland Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94110 Phone (415) 355-2810
Excelsior 4400 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94112 Phone (415) 337-4735
Glen Park 653 Chenery St.San Francisco, CA 94131 Phone (415) 337-4740
Mission 300 Bartlett St. 
San Francisco, CA 94110 Phone (415) 355-2800
Noe Valley 451 Jersey St.
San Francisco, CA 94114 Phone (415) 355-5707
Portola 2450 San Bruno Ave. 
San Francisco, CA 94132 Phone (415) 355-5660

Bancroft Librara at UC Berkely One of the largest and most heavily used libraries of manuscripts, rare books, and unique materials in the United States was originally located in the Mission. Look for the commemorative plaque in front of St. Lukes Hospital near Cesar Chavez & Valencia Streets

Greater Mission Bookstores
Aardvark Books
(415) 552-6733
227 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94114
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Abandoned Planet  518 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110-1115
Phone: (415) 861-4695
Shrine to beatnik culture is room with paintings by Beatnik author Jack Micheline. Comfortable chairs to peruse your purchases
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Muni bus: 14 Mission, 14L Mission Limited, 22 Fillmore, 26 Valencia. Muni Metro: all routes to 16th Street Station. BART: 16th Street Station.
Adobe Bookshop  3166 16TH St
San Francisco, CA 94103-3363
Phone: (415) 864-3936
Besides being a bookstore, its also a popular spot for the exchange of ideas. Books everywhere with rarities under glass up front  - 68 links
Al's Comics  491 Guerrero St
San Francisco, CA 94110-1020
Phone: (415) 861-1220

Huge comic book selection. Collectable Cards & Toys

Arkipelago Philippine Books
953 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103
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Arts & crafts books. Your source for Pilipino heritage materials
Aunt Lute Books
2180 Bryant St Ste 207
San Francisco, CA 94110-2166
Phone: (415) 826-1300
Formed in 1990 as a non-profit corporation with a mission to print works of literature by women.
Barnett Briggs Library
1001 Potrero Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110-3518
Phone: (415) 206-3113
UCSF Medical Library
at SF General Hospital
PubMed@UCSF - CINAHL - Drug databases - PsycINFO
 - MDConsult - Cochrane Library - Online Textbooks - more...
Blue Books 
766 Valencia
San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone: (415) 437-3494
The Small Press Bookstore at New College
Bolerium Books 
2141 Mission St Ste 300
San Francisco, CA 94110-1288
Phone: (415) 863-6353
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Purveyors of rare and out-of-print books, posters, and ephemera on social movements.
Books & Bookshelves
99 Sanchez St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 621-3761
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Borderlands Books  
866 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110-1739
Phone: (415) 824-8203
Relocated to the Mission in 2001, owner Alan Beatts maintains a leading West Coast outlet for  science-fiction, horror and fantasy. Large genre magazine section, author events
Camerawork Gallery & Bookstore
1246 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94103  (415) 863-1001
Top of the line monographs, hard to find critical theory, technical titles and international photography journals. Founded in 1974, San Francisco Camerawork encourages emerging and mid-career artists to explore new directions that push existing boundaries.
Children's Book Press  2211 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110-1811
Phone: (415) 821-3080
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Cover to Cover Booksellers 

1307 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114-3620
Phone: (415) 282-8080

Unique and provocative selections from a great diversity of voices...all personally recommended by the independent booksellers of America. Family friendly with fine comfortable browsing opportunities
DIRECTIONS: between 24th Street and Jersey Street, in the friendly heart of Noe Valley, The 24 Muni bus line stops right outside
55 Potrero Ave
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 436-9500
Huge import gift, collectibles, and furnishings store with book section. Near Division St. Tampopo is their wholesale division.
Dog Eared Books
900 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110-2321
Phone: (415) 282-1901
A neighborhood oasis providing an eclectic mix of new and used books and music. They buy, sell, and trade daily. Find a nice selection of arty recent remainders on the front tables. Mothership to nearby satellites of Phoenix Books in Noe Valley and Red Hill Books on Cortland in Bernal Heights.
Forest Books  3080 16TH St
San Francisco, CA 94103-3417
Phone: (415) 863-2755
The zen-like calm is an outgrowth of owner Gregory Wood's  practice of Zen Buddhism. High quality pre-owned books. Strong collection of Beat and hippie-era small press, Asian culture & spirituality, foreign literature in English translation. 
Get Lost Travel Books Maps & Gear 1825 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 437-0529
A guide book is one of the most essential pieces of packing. When choosing a guide book, look for ones written by people who travel the way you do. Travel gear
between Guerrero and Valencia, (as well as Laguna and Octavia) at the corner of Pearl Street.
Glen Park Books  2788 Diamond St
San Francisco, CA 94131-3057
Phone: (415) 586-3733
Muni bus: 26 Valencia, 35 Eureka, 44 O' Shaughnessy, 52 Excelsior. Muni Metro: all routes to Glen Park Station. BART: Glen Park Station.
Good News  3920 24TH St
San Francisco, CA 94114-3704
Phone: (415) 821-3694
Top South of Market magazine & newspaper store with 2,000 +  publications for sale.
Good Vibrations
1210 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Open 7 Days a Week. Books, magazines & newspapers in addition to a full selection of sex toys 97 more links & map
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Grooves Inspiralled Vinyl
1797 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 436-9933
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La Casa Del Libro 
 973 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110-2320
Phone: (415) 285-1399
Spanish-only books. Directions
Muni bus: 14 Mission, 14L Mission Limited, 26 Valencia, 33 Stanyan, 49 Van Ness-Mission.

Leather Tongue Video

Contact Info:
(415) 552-2900
Location Info:
714 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Zines, Rare, Cult Videos, Dvds. Mostly video tapes, but they’re not your ordinary movies
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Libreria Cristiana Espiritu 3457 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110-5438
Phone: (415) 282-4823
Spanish language Christian bookstore
Limelight Film & Theatre Books

(415) 864-2265
1803 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103
San Francisco's only industry resource for acting edition stageplays, Screenplay manuscripts, and books on writing & directing.
Mercury House Publishing 
3004 16TH St
San Francisco, CA 94103-3434
Phone: (415) 626-7874
Words Given Wings Literary Arts Project is a nonprofit press guided by a dedication to literary values and works of social significance. “This small, independent publisher has long been respected for the literary quality of its fiction and nonfiction books.”
—David Armstrong
Meyer Boswell Books Incorporated 
2141 Mission St Ste 302 San Francisco, CA 94110-1288
Phone: (415) 255-6400
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Searchable database of over 6,000 rare and scholarly books on the law
Mission Adult Superstore 2086 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 626-0309 One of the City's oldest porn shops.
Modern Times Bookstore  888 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone: 415-282-9246
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Collectively owned and operated progressive bookstore for San Francisco's Mission District since 1971. Notable author events, children's books, sexuality and gender , history, politics, anarchy studies  & extensive collections of writings on Latina/o history and culture. A progressive resource for the Bay Area; a neighborhood bookstore for the Mission
Pathfinder Bookstore  3926 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94112-1015
Phone: (415) 584-2135
Christian bookstore

Muni bus: 14 Mission, 14L Mission Limited, 26 Valencia, 49 Van Ness-Mission. Muni Metro: all routes to 24th Street Station. BART: 24th Street Station.
Phoenix Books & Records  3850 24TH St
San Francisco, CA 94114-3839
Phone: (415) 821-3477
Large CD selection. Art books, old printings of Beat writings,  paperback mysteries, Notable Sections on Alternative Spirituality, and Gender Studies
Psychic Eye Books
301 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94102  (415) 863-9997 The first Psychic Eye Book Shop was opened in March of 1985 in Sherman Oaks, California. Now one of the largest new age booksellers and metaphysical gift suppliers w/ locations in California & Nevada.
Red Hill Books  178 Andover St
San Francisco, CA 94110-5608
Phone: (415) 648-5331
Sweet little neighborhood bookstore, with an especially good selection of local authors and lesbian/gay work.
San Francisco Mystery Book Store

(415) 282-7444
4175 24th Str
San Francisco, CA 94114
Celebrating 30 year anniversary November 6, 2004   
BART to 24th Street Mission station, Store is about a mile to the west of the station; you can take the outbound #48 Muni bus right to the store.
Scarlet Sage Herb CO

1173 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Specializing in medicinal herbs from Native American and Western European traditions of healing, Health books.
San Francisco Center for the Book
300 De Haro St
San Francisco, CA 94103-5144
Phone: (415) 565-0545
Learn about the many arts and crafts of the book. Through workshops, exhibitions and public events, the SFCB promotes both knowledge of traditional book arts and exploration of experimental book forms Directions
Take Muni bus 19 or 22
Socialist Action Bookstore
298 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 255-1081
Socialist Action is a nation-wide group of revolutionary socialists dedicated to fighting for a world where people come before profit: Workers of the world unite!
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Valencia Street Books 
 569 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone: 4155527200
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A Neighborhood General Bookstore between 16th & 17th.
Valhalla Books  2141 Mission St Ste 202
San Francisco, CA 94110-1282
Phone: (415) 863-9250
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Zen Center Bookstore
300 Page Street
San Francisco
Buddhist books, poetry and meditation items.  The purpose of San Francisco Zen Center is to make accessible and embody the wisdom and compassion of the Buddha as expressed in the Soto Zen tradition established by Dogen Zenji in 13th-century Japan and conveyed to us by Suzuki Roshi and other Buddhist teachers.
Here you will find an alphabetical listing of dozens of independent bookstores throughout San Francisco.

Google LocalIs coming and it features a zoom map and all indexed link to the merchant web site. You can find some listings above and an increasing number in the page head when you search using the google address.

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China Books famous on 24th St for decades, China Books moved in 2004 to South San Francisco. Their famous storefront is to be replaced with a mixed used building featuring 5 residential units. They still remain the top Chinese language book importer in USA.

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