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.

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 50%-60% below those of other quality used bookstores. And we accept cash, checks, and credit/debit cards.

The Bookmark is open for curbside pickup and local delivery. Shop our Virtual Bookstore today!

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 200 items (books and ephemera) on eBay. Shop our online stores today!


Buy eGift cards through SquareOrder an eGift card for yourself or as a gift, then redeem them at The Bookmark Bookstore.


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.


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!




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


Please note: as of July 21, 2020, we are pausing accepting donations. We have been overwhelmed by requests and have appointments booked through August. We are so grateful to our generous community and the volume of donations that we have received. Now we need time to process them before we can accept any more. Please check back here for more updates. 

Please don't leave donations outside when the store is closed; the books get picked over, strewn about, and soiled before we get to them! Thanks.

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

  • Jigsaw puzzles (complete)

  • DVDs

  • 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 (2 years or older)

  • Older business, investment or economics books

  • Computer books (more than 1-year-old)

  • Textbooks

  • Encyclopedia sets

  • Romance novels

  • Incomplete sets

  • Magazines

  • Comic books

  • 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.


8 volunteers have helped us for 15 or more years!


Contact Us

The Bookmark Bookstore

721 Washington Street

Oakland, CA 94607

(510) 444-0473



11 am - 2 pm

11 am - 2 pm

11 am - 2 pm

Currently, our store is operating during limited hours for curbside pickup only. Check out our Virtual Bookstore to buy and pickup!

Friends of the OPL and The Bookmark Bookstore

(510) 444-0473
721 Washington Street
Oakland, CA 94607


11am - 2pm

11am - 2pm

11am - 2pm

Currently, our store is operating during limited hours for curbside pickup only. Check out our Virtual Bookstore to buy and pickup!

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