current hours: 12-5 Tues - Sun (closed Monday)

GREAT NEWS!!

We will be open again for browsing starting FRIDAY april 16, from noon to 8pm! 

WELCOME TO SPECTATOR BOOKS!

We are an Independent Bookstore located at 4163 Piedmont Avenue in

OAKLAND CALIFORNIA, est. 1994.

We carry new and used books, movies, cards, and other rad stuff!

UPDATE 3/29/21: We have filled the positions we were hiring for, and we will re-open (with the appropriate safety measures and limitations) on Friday April 16th, from noon to 8pm -- just in time for Independent Bookstore Day shortly after on Saturday April 24!

 

We will begin accepting trade-ins *by appointment only* beginning Saturday May 1st; we will begin booking appointments the same day we re-open, April 16th, by phone, email, or in-person.

 

Until then, we are still happy to take small amounts of saleable donations, with thanks -- and thank you as well to our entire, amazing community for rallying and keeping us afloat for more than a year with our doors closed for browsing! Friends near and far, you've restored our faith in humanity and reinvigorated our purpose for being here; we are so excited to see you and so grateful to continue our relationship with you all! We aren't out of the woods just yet, as a store or in the wider sense of this whole shared fiasco, but we are starting to see the light peeking through the trees...

From now until we open for browsing, we will be here to take your phone and email orders (and will be grateful to still get them after we re-open; we will continue to offer shipping, and we also regularly update our stock on this site; choose from the menu above to take a look!) As always, we are very happy to search specific titles, virtually browse books for you, curate selections, and special-order, so if you don't see what you're looking for or don't want to search yourself, please just ask!

(email or request form preferred, we almost always respond same-day):

 

spectatorbooks@gmail.com

~Request Form~

510-653-7300

~ available for curbside pickups or shipping ~

BLACK LIVES MATTER!

~MATTER IS THE MINIMUM~

2021 calendars and planners on sale now!

 get 'em while they last

About Us

Spectator Books has been in business since 1994! We are committed to our community, and aim to be a zone of connection, education and comfort for all who enter. We believe in equality & diversity, that knowledge is power, and that a good book can very often be, or lead to, the cure for what ails us. We hope you will be able to visit soon!

Currently: using book witch magic to sustain community through disaster capitalism. Thank you for your support -- it is a vote for a better world! 

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