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Second Story Books

Category Books & Magazines


2000 P Street NW View on Google Maps
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 659-8884

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Since purchased by Allan Stypeck in 1973, Second Story Books has grown from its small second floor location in northwest Washington, D.C., to become one of the largest used and rare bookstores in the world. During the pre-internet era of bookselling, Second Story Books had six locations from Alexandria to Baltimore, including the famous Georgetown Saville Bookstore location. With the growth of the internet, Second Story Books consolidated its brick-and-mortar presence into our two current locations, the DUPONT CIRCLE store at 20th and P Streets N.W. and the ROCKVILLE WAREHOUSE store at 12160 Parklawn Drive in Rockville, Maryland. Both stores are conveniently located on Metro’s Red Line.  

USA Today cited Second Story Books as one of the ten best bookstores in the country. The Dupont Circle store, frequently cited as one of the best bookstores in the Washington metropolitan area by Washingtonian Magazine, The City Paper and various consumer polls, marks its 40th anniversary in 2018. The 16,000-square-foot Rockville Warehouse store has received its fair share of praise, as well, from Washingtonian Magazine, Bethesda Magazine and Montgomery Magazine, among others. 

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Click "View Website" above to view their stock of over 24,000 books, CDs, and DVDs, available exclusively through their AMAZON store.

Contactless payment only: All Major Credit Cards, Debit Cards, Apple Pay. We reserve the right to limit occupancy for health and safety. Everyone must wear a face mask while in the store. We will provide gloves as needed.

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