Welcome to Bell’s Books … A Bay Area Landmark for 75 Years

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.

The Staff at Bell’s is taking a Holiday that will not be Eclipsed!

The Store will be closed from Thursday, August 17th through Tuesday August 22nd, inclusive.

We will reopen for regular hours on Wednesday, August 23rd.

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 have recently acquired a large collection of SIGNED FIRST EDITIONS in fine condition, including works signed by Robert Frost, William Somerset Maugham, Eudora Welty, Presidents Carter and Nixon, Kurt Vonnegut, John Updike, Margaret Atwood, Ruth Rendell, John Cheever, T.C. Boyle, Raymond Carver, and many more. We also have a new massive acquisition of Picasso and Matisse Art Books (partially on display), and a great bunch of  World War Two histories.

Coming soon, but not yet on the shelves: Early Atomic research,  Western Americana, Steinbeck first editions and signed Stegner volumes.

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

Bell’s purchases fine books and private collections.