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The Last Bookstore

453 S. Spring St, Los Angeles, California 90013 USA

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Open Now
Sat 10a-11p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Wifi
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“walk thru a tunnel of books in the Labyrinth”

The Labyrinth features a massive, chaotic, maze-like space housing more than 100,000 used books, all at $1 each. It features doors that lead nowhere, time-travel portholes looking into an artist's rendition of outer space, and "secret passage ways" leading into hidden book rooms.

People seemed to especially enjoy selling their used books to us, as one of the last places in LA still buying books.  Our inventory quickly overflowed the shelves, and at the end of our lease June 2011 the Last Bookstore moved to the 10,000 sq. ft location at 5th & Spring St.  A record shop and coffee bar filled out the ground floor September, 2011.  Most recently, we expanded another 6,100 sq. ft. by opening up the Labyrinth Above the Last Bookstore on our mezzanine level, with over 100,000 books all priced at one dollar each!  Now we’ve become the largest independent bookstore in California buying and selling used & new books and records.

The name was chosen with irony, but it has become a self-fulfilling prophecy as physical bookstores are dying out like dinosaurs from the meteoric impact of Amazon and e-books.  With our constant turnover of stock, regular musical and literary events, and coffee and vinyl LP shop, we book-lovers at the Last Bookstore hope to last as long as we can in downtown LA’s vibrant new community.  Join the cause!  Buy, sell, trade, and above all read real books…before they’re gone.

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Reviewed by
waywardvagabond

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
July 23, 2014

Absolutely gorgeous decoration throughout the bookstore. The art gallery is really cool, and all of the book sculptures and genre themed rooms are incredibly awesome. They have a large selection of books of every kind. They have the $1 books on the second floor, as well as other cheaper books, and new books on the first floor. You never know what you can find, and you'll need a couple hours to thoroughly explore and browse the entire store.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
amyparman

  • 7 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
May 16, 2014

A must visit for any book nerd. Some things are pricey but dig in enough and you'll find treasures!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
epaburke

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
March 17, 2014

We visited this place a few months ago, on a trip to LA. The decor is fabulous; bring a camera. There is an enormous room full of books for $1, but the rest of the store has books at different prices--good prices, but not $1.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
cookecomp

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
March 17, 2014

Wish I knew about this place last year when I spent time in LA! Don't close before I take my next cross-country road trip this fall (from South Florida).

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
ninstints

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
March 17, 2014

I want to visit this place.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
angelwhispers1224

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
September 28, 2013

Expand..build one in Ohio! :)

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
roxi.kenney

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
September 28, 2013

It's my dream come true! You can't take the joyful feeling you get from reading a real book or being surrounded by them! :]

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
latanya.d.jones

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
August 25, 2013

Wanna go!!!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
marsha.moyer

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
August 8, 2013

I've got to see this place.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Eric

  • 14 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
May 20, 2016
Rated 4.0

We came here to browse after visiting the Broad. They’re not exactly next to each other, but my wife and I have walked the mean streets of DTLA since 2003, so it’s no big deal. The Last Bookstore is a pretty cool place with a super hip vibe. The ground floor is pretty much regular bookstore fare. You’ve got your selection of books you’d find at any Barnes and Noble worth its salt. There’s also a rare book section off to the left as soon as you walk in, but it mostly contained books I’ve seen at the Taschen store or Hennessey + Ingalls.

But upstairs is where the magic happens. All kinds of coolness there. And all kinds of Instagram-worthy installations. A maze of books. A tunnel of books. A vault. Someone clearly had fun designing this place. There’s even a few smaller offices mixed with art studios mixed with stores up there. Definitely worth checking out even if you inevitably buy all your books on Amazon.

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The Last Bookstore

453 S. Spring St
Los Angeles, California
90013 USA

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Open now until 11:00 pm
  • Sun: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Mon - Thu: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Fri, Sat: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Private Parking
  • Street Parking

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