Sell Us Your Books


UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Buyback is suspended at Book Culture.

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Where and when do I bring my books?

Bring your gently used, resellable books to Book Culture (on 112th St.) between 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday and 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM Saturday, and we’ll assign them a value in store credit. We will not be offering cash for the time being.To sell us your books, you must have a valid government- or university-issued photo ID. 

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 two resources: 1) our sales history and 2) other online resources, including Amazon used price and ranking.

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.

How do your prices compare with other book buyers in New York City?

Overall, we pay the most.

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. We process books as time allows. Sometimes, there will be a line. Feel free to call ahead before you bring in your books.

If you leave books with us they become our property and we will consider them a donation. If you have too many books to carry in, please consult our library buyback page.

You must be in the store as we go through your books though you are welcome to browse as we do.

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. These are the closest donation centers:

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

Goodwill Industries Store & Donation Center
217 W 79th St, New York, NY 10024