Welcome to Bell’s Books … A Bay Area Landmark for 85 Years


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Hello avid readers!

We are beginning to reopen for in-store browsing! Please see our Hours and News for more information.

Bell’s Books has taken advantage of this time to do a large reorganization of the store. Soon you will be able to see the wonders we have brought out from our warehouse, and more rare volumes will be on display.

In memory of John Lewis we have assembled a large selection of titles honoring black lives in America and the struggle for equality. Highlights include first editions of Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Ezra Jack Keats, Anna Deavere Smith, and a signed autobiography of Angela Davis.

Other newly featured items include: a set of U.K. first edition Winnie-the-Pooh volumes, the definitive edition of Victor Hugo’s complete works (in French), and books printed from as far back as the 16th Century. In addition, we have expanded our cookbook section with many quaint vintage titles plus shelves of French cuisine (including a signed Jaques Pepin). 

We hope to open in early August, and will post the new hours here and on our Instagram account @windowsofbells 

Awards will be given out to those of you who read the most books, as well as the quirkiest books during this time, so keep a list!

Located in downtown Palo Alto, Bell’s has served the Stanford University and Silicon Valley communities, providing new, used and rare books since 1935. With 300,000 volumes housed in an historic two story storefront spilling over with quality hardcover and paperback books in 500 subject categories, there is, quite literally, something for everyone at Bell’s. 

Large format art books, 19th Century treasures, second-hand reading copies of classics at affordable prices, children’s picture books, fine bindings and signed first editions, technical books, philosophy, an entire history room, sets, one of the west coast’s largest selection of works on ornamental horticulture, thousands of volumes of poetry, literature, architecture, religion, natural history and more…

We would love to help you build a collection of your own.

Bell’s purchases fine books and private collections.

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