The Bookmark Bookstore

The Bookmark Bookstore is a unique shopping experience located in Old Oakland. Proceeds from the Bookmark benefit Oakland's Public libraries! Shop & support us in our store or online.


Each year, we receive +70,000 donated books and media, including CDs, DVDs, and LPs. Learn about our donation policy.

Shop uncommon, delightful, and engaging titles not found in a typical book store.

Our staff is happy to help you find the right book or answer any of your questions. Learn more about volunteering at the Bookmark.

In-Store Shopping

Providing a safe environment for everyone (customers and staff) is our top priority and we have made a few changes that we believe will provide for everyone’s safety.

  • You will be able to come into the store to browse and shop without making an appointment. While we’re not limiting the number of people we allow in the store, we will monitor this to ensure that everyone can maintain safe physical distancing.

  • We will follow both Alameda County Public Health protocols and CDC guidelines.

Safety First!

Safety requirements for in-store shopping:

  • Please use hand sanitizer before entering the store

  • Wear an approved face covering correctly at all times during your visit

  • Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and Bookmark staff

Virtual Bookstore

We created a Virtual Bookstore that we will continue to maintain in a limited capacity. The online bookstore showcases newer books and special collections and is a great option for shopping with us anytime!


Bookmark News

Ways to Shop & Support


Our store is in a charming old Victorian building with high ceilings, hardwood floors, lots of comfortable chairs, books displayed on tables, and bookshelves filled with an eclectic collection of books.

Generally, our prices are 40%-50% below those of other quality used bookstores. And we accept cash, checks, and credit/debit cards.

The Bookmark is open for in-store shopping or shop our Virtual Bookstore!

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Some of our donations include unique or collectible books that may bring in a higher price for the store by placing them for sale online. For these books, we have partnered with Amazon and eBay.​​

Each book (or item) is carefully researched to determine their value and appropriateness for sale online. We currently have over 2,000 titles listed on Amazon and 250 items (books and ephemera) on eBay. Shop our online stores today!

* The inventory list is not updated in real-time, so some items may already be sold.


Buy eGift cards for The Bookmark through our Square account. 

Order an eGift card for yourself or as a gift, then redeem them at The Bookmark Bookstore.


The Bookmark is an affiliate of 100% of the profit of the books you purchase directly from them - 25%-30% of the purchase price - will go directly to The Bookmark Bookstore. Use this link to shop today!


Go to, select Friends of the Oakland Public Library, shop as usual, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases. To learn more about the program, visit the About Amazon Smile page.


Donation Policy

Your donations and purchases help raise funds for the Oakland Public Library! 

We are accepting donations at this time but we must limit donations to 2 boxes or bags at a time.

You may bring your donations whenever the store is open, with no reservation required.

Please note that we are no longer accepting donations of DVDs. 

You can help us by reading and following the guidelines below before bringing in your donations. 

And -- by shopping at the store!

When donating, please consider:

If you wouldn’t buy it, we can’t sell it.

Items That Sell Best:

  • Brand new books

  • Used books in very good or better condition

  • Rare, vintage/collectible books

  • Author-signed books

  • First editions

  • Classics, popular titles, and esoteric subjects

  • Topical political books

  • Hardcovers

  • Large softcovers

  • Textbooks that are in current use

  • Jigsaw puzzles (complete)

  • CDs (audio and music)

  • LPs (in good to excellent condition – Classic Rock, Jazz and Classical categories)


Items We Cannot Accept:

  • Any books in generally less than very good condition

  • Books with underlining and highlighting

  • Books with signs of heavy use or long-term storage

  • Out of date medical, legal, travel (4 years or older)

  • Older business, investment or economics books

  • Computer books (more than 3-years-old)

  • Textbooks, unless they are in current use

  • Encyclopedia sets

  • Romance novels

  • Incomplete sets

  • Magazines

  • Comic books

  • DVDs

  • Cassette tapes

  • VHS cassettes

We have a small number of volunteers who sort through our donations – please respect their time and recycle these on your own. Thank you!

Our Staff

Bookstore Manager, Phyllis Couillard


Phyllis is a Massachusetts native who moved to California in 1991. She began volunteering at The Bookmark in 2009. As a volunteer, she worked closely with the Bookstore managers and developed expertise in process management and merchandising, customer service, store operations, and volunteer staff management.


Phyllis' care for the store, customers, and volunteer staff ensures that the store hums along efficiently and happily. 

Our Volunteers

In 1995, The Bookmark Bookstore opened in its current location in Old Oakland at 721 Washington St. Friends of the Oakland Public Library board members teamed up with a handful of store volunteers to move hundreds of books down the street to the new location. Today we have...

66 volunteers keep the store open 7 days a week (before Covid-19!).


8 volunteers have helped us for 15 or more years!


Contact Us

The Bookmark Bookstore

721 Washington Street, Oakland, CA 94607

(510) 444-0473 | bookmark





11 am - 4 pm

11 am - 4 pm

11 am - 4 pm

11 am - 4 pm

11 am - 4 pm

Currently, our store is operating 5 days a week for in-store shopping and for pickup for purchases from our Virtual Bookstore