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Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz

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Bookshop Santa Cruz is a large, general independent bookstore located in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz, California since 1966. Owned by the Coonerty family since 1973, Bookshop Santa Cruz is a multi-generational family business currently under the care of Casey Coonerty Protti who grew up in her parent’s business. We take immense pride in being an independent bookstore, with the ability and desire to reflect the interests of local readers.

Bookshop Santa Cruz fills over 20,000 square feet with a wide selection of new, used and sale books along with extensive magazine, card and gift sections. Bookshop is known for its comprehensive children’s and new release sections as well as strong sections in travel, politics, cooking, science, science fiction and fantasy, and fiction.

Bookshop Santa Cruz is located only 90 minutes from San Francisco, and 30 minutes from both San Jose and Monterey. Home to the University of California, Santa Cruz and Cabrillo College, Santa Cruz boasts a strong intellectual community dedicated to the written word. Bookshop Santa Cruz nurtures this environment with a comprehensive author event series featuring appearances by both national and local authors in our beautiful event space, the skylight room, or at partnered off-site locations for larger, ticketed events.

We hope you have a chance to share our love of reading by visiting us soon!
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  • Best book shop on the planet. One of the few remaining big, brick-and-mortar bookshops. One-hundred-percent covid-19 safety compliant, and determined to stay that way. They actually have a person...  more »
  • Had a lovely wander around this bookstore. I don’t think I even got to all the sections. Currently restricting the number of customers due to the virus but felt very safe with measures in place.  more »
  • One of the last locally standing business icons; Tasty & esthetically pleasing food, although expensive; Books galore! New & Used. ALL topics. Well-organized with eager-to-help staff! Can accrue points for further discounts! Expansive Newspaper/magazine selection. THOUGHTFUL, INTERESTING, LEARNING Experiences Offered EVERY WEEK with their (often free) famous Guest Speakers & Authors.
  • Large, local bookshop with huge new and used selections. Massive section of kids books to browse along with a game and toys area for to explore. Staff picks throughout for recommendations and many magazines to pick from a plethora or subjects. Store is a cornerstone of Santa Cruz and great to walk through even if just passing through from the parking garage on the far end of town to the Main down town Santa Cruz street. Highly recommended for locals and tourists alike.

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