Sell Your Books...and let someone else enjoy them

Hours & Location:

828 Broadway
New York, NY

(We do not purchase books at any other Strand location)
Monday through Saturday 9:30AM-6:00PM
Our seller's entrance is on 12th Street between Broadway and 4th Avenue.

Please note: The north side of 12th Street (directly outside our seller's entrance) is now a bike lane. There is no parking here any time. There is parking on the opposite side of 12th Street, Broadway and 4th Ave.


Please call (212) 473-1452 ext. 240 for more information, or email Kindly allow 24-48 hours for an email response.

If you have written a book and are interested in having it sold at The Strand, please refer to our FAQ's

Please note that you must be 18 years of age or older in order to sell books at the Strand Book Store

What We Buy

Generally, we are only interested in books located in the tri-state area. However, we may make exceptions for items of significant value.

Strand is seeking to buy quality books, whether you have one volume or a library of thousands. We buy a wide variety of books including the most recent bestsellers, classic literature, and graphic novels; scholarly and academic books (art, philosophy, etc.); as well as fine bindings, signed books and autographed material, and other rare and antiquarian books and manuscripts. We also buy sheet music in good condition.

For titles we can use, we pay in cash, by check, or in-store credit (10% more).

We buy factory-sealed CDs, and Audiobooks (on CD). No DVD, Bluray, or outdated media (such as cassettes or VHS).

All books and items must be evaluated in-store to accurately assess their resale value. We are able to go through about 30-40 books while you wait.

All books must be in good condition. Paperbacks must be like-new in order for us to consider them. There can be no markings within any of the texts—no highlighting, underlining, or marginalia. We are unable to pay for any advanced reader’s copies/uncorrected proofs, ex-library books, or out-of-date material such as computer manuals, travel guides, test prep and education books. We generally do not deal in textbooks, however, we will consider some fashion and art related textbooks. We buy very selectively in children's and young adult books. We are mainly interested in titles published within the past year or classic titles.

Selling Large Quantities (40+ Books)

Before bringing in a larger quantity of books, we encourage you to contact us by phone at (212) 473-1452 ext. 240 or at to discuss the best way to proceed. Please, be prepared to answer questions similar to the following:

  • How many books do you have for sale? (You can count a couple shelves, get an average, and multiply by the number of shelves to get an estimate.)
  • What is the condition of the books?
  • What subject matters are you selling? (Not individual titles)
  • Have you already sold or disposed of any of the collection?
  • Do you have a way of getting your books to the store?
  • If contacting us by email, please include a phone number where you can be reached.

Large drop-offs are subject to the approval of a buyer.

When sending an email, please consider including photos of the bookshelves in which the spines are legible (no need to photograph each book individually). Photos are much more helpful than lists and faster to create!

For substantial and more valuable libraries, we may be able to send our truck to pack and pick up your books.

Books which are dropped off or picked up will be evaluated and we will pay you fair market value for those we can use; however, anything we cannot pay for we cannot return to you. If you would like the option to take back any books, please bring in the recommended smaller amount of 30-40 books.

Selling Rare Books

Are you interested in selling your rare, collectible, or antiquarian books? We're happy to take a look at items we believe we can sell. People often ask, "What makes a book rare?" To put it simply, it's a combination of scarcity plus desirability that makes something valuable.

Collectors are generally looking for items in a condition close to how they were originally published. For this reason, condition is the first factor in determining the value of any book. It's always best for us to see your books in person in our third floor Rare and Collectibles department. If you're unable to easily bring them in you can send us an email with pictures with the following : title, author, publisher, and edition, if you know it. We consider a first edition a first printing only. Also, let us know if there's anything significant about your copy (signed, numbered, etc). When attaching pictures please be sure to show the title and/or copyright page and any condition issues (bumping, cracking, soiling, etc). From there we can let you know our interest and the best way to proceed.

We are unable to offer estimates over the phone.

Please note: We do not offer appraisals (for insurance purposes or otherwise) but you may find a capable dealer through the ABAA website.

What's The Process Like?

All books and items must be evaluated in-store to accurately assess their resale value. We are unable to make any offers or assessments without seeing the books in person.

Please enter through our Seller’s Entrance on 12th St. between Broadway and 4th Ave. There you will be greeted by an employee who will then unpack your books for a buyer’s evaluation.

A buyer will go through your books and let you know one amount we are able to pay for everything. You can be paid in cash, or you can receive store credit for 10% more. You will have the option to take back or leave behind everything we can’t pay you for. (However, we are not a charity and cannot provide any sort of tax receipt; nor are we able to take in large quantities of books which do not have resale value for us.)

The buyer will hand you a receipt which you will take to the end of the same counter, where an employee will pay you in cash or enter your store credit into our system under your name. (This credit never expires!)

Where To Go To Sell Your Books

Our Seller’s Entrance is on 12th Street between Broadway and 4th Avenue and is open Monday through Saturday 9:30AM-6:00PM.