The Last Bookstore
Address: 453 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Phone: (213) 488-0599
Admission: Free
Handicapped Accessible

The Last Bookstore is California’s largest used and new book and record store, having opened in 2005 in a downtown loft. It has grown since then to 22,000 square feet, a softly lit labyrinthine collection of books and records, with space for literary, musical and theatrical events.

The Last Bookstore encourages selling and trading of books and records based on its fluctuating inventory needs, as part of a mission to keep the paper and ink book business alive in an era of e-readers and digital downloads.

The bookstore downstairs is exciting enough, but the best treasures are kept upstairs. Visiting the mezzanine level, browsers are greeted by hanging books, suspended in flight as they erupt from a bookcase. Further on, there are tunnels built from books, hidden side rooms with more than 100,000 used books for sale, plus freestanding sculptures and mobiles.

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Fun Fact:
Wander far enough, and the store soon shifts into the Spring Arts Collective Galleries, where customers can peruse art or purchase local works and gifts.

Submitted By:

Lyndsay Loomis

Toluca Lake, CA

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