Sell Us Your Books


As we head into the back-to-school season we will only accept current university coursebooks from students (must have a college ID). All other buyback including drop-offs will be suspended. This change is effective from August 24th, 2021 to September 17th, 2021.



Masks or face coverings are required at all times inside the store.


Where and when do I bring my books?

Bring your gently used, resellable books to Book Culture (on 112th St.) between 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday and we’ll assign them a value in store credit. We will not be offering cash.To sell us your books, you must have a valid government- or university-issued photo ID.

How long will it take? Do I have to be there when you go through my books? Can I just leave my books with you?

It can be quite a quick process, especially if your books have high resale value. In person, we are able to evaluate 10 or fewer books per patron. If you are interested in selling back more than 10 books or are unable to sell your books during the 12-4 window, you may be able to leave your books for later evaluation. A manager will quickly assess the lot and let you know if we have capacity. All books that we cannot accept will have to be taken out of the store.  We strongly recommend calling ahead or emailing if you have questions about lots larger than 10 books. 

All persons dropping off books for later evaluation will be required to fill out the following form: Buyback Contract 2021.

If you leave books with us and leave the store without completing the Buyback Contract, they become our property and we will consider them a donation. If you have too many books to carry in, please contact us at

If selling back 10 or fewer books during our buyback hours, you must be in the store as we go through your books (though you are welcome to browse as we do).

How much will I get for my books?

For books that we are interested in buying, we will pay up to 20% in store credit. Books in high demand have the most value. We offer no money for books of little resale value.

How do you determine how much you will give?

We primarily use our our sales history, with some consideration of online listings, including Biblio and Alibris.

What types of books do you buy?

Mostly literary fiction, literary nonfiction, and current academic texts. We cannot pay for kid's books, journals, catalogues, or advanced reader's editions.

What about books that you don't pay for, can I leave them with you? Can I give you my books as a donation?

Unfortunately we are no longer able to accept all donations. Instead, we will evaluate donations on a case-by-case basis. All books that we cannot accept will have to be taken out of the store. The closest in-person donation center is:

Housing Works Thrift Shop
2569 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
(Between 96th and 97th)

Other places to donate books (Please be sure to check with each organization in advance to confirm they are currently able to accept donations!):

NYC Books through Bars
123 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY

Appalachian Prison Book Project
**Books must be mailed to facility according to instructions provided.**