Welcome to Bell’s Books!!

Selling fine used, new, and rare books since 1935.


 “A place to remember.”

                                                                                – A recent customer



Please NOTE: We will be closed, Wednesday, December 6th for a Staff Outing

Monday through Thursday    11:00 – 5:00

Friday                                            11:00 – 8:00

Saturday and Sunday              11:00 – 5:00


Located in downtown Palo Alto, Bell’s has served the Stanford University and Silicon Valley communities, providing new, used, and rare books since 1935. We are the oldest and only bookstore located in the downtown area.

Give us a call at (650) 323-7822 with any questions.



In the past few months we have received a tremendous number of First Editions and special copies of very desirable titles for the discerning book collector. Below is just a sample of our new holdings:

  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X, First Edition, New York: Grove Press, 1965.
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s, First Edition, New York: Random House, 1958.
  • The Godfather, First Edition, New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1969.
  • Star Wars, First Trade Edition, New York: Ballantine Books, 1977.
  • Dracula, Grosset & Dunlap edition from 1927/1928: coincided with the successful stage play that starred Bela Lugosi (later the star of the 1931 film)
  • Signed Mickey Mantle, My Favorite Summer 1956, New York: Doubleday, 1991.
  • First U.S. Hardcover Edition, Naked Lunch, New York: Grove Press, Inc., 1962.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, First U.K. Edition, London: Heinemann, 1960.
  • First Edition, The Lottery, New York: Farrar, Straus and Company, 1949.


New shipments arriving daily!

  • We are happy to provide personalized gift shopping via phone or in person.
  • Free gift wrapping!
  • 350,000 titles from which to choose!

Give us a call at (650) 323-7822 with any questions.


We recommend that you be masked before coming in to browse, but it is not required. We also provide hand sanitizer at the door. Thanks for keeping everyone safe!

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…and our News page will let you know about our most recent happenings!

Our century-old storefront houses 350,000 volumes on two floors. Spilling over with hardcover and quality paperback books in 500 subject categories, there is, quite literally, something for everyone at Bell’s: 

Fine bindings, large format art books, 19th Century treasures, second-hand reading copies of classics at affordable prices, children’s picture books, signed first editions, technical books, philosophy, an entire history room, handsome sets, 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.