BLUESTOCKING BOOKS 3817 Fifth Aveune, San Diego CA 92103
Limited hours ☎️ 12noon-4pm daily call to pre-arrange
or email [email protected] for personal service
We ship daily - anywhere - new or used books!

How can we help? Please ask!
In-store used books can be purchased here at the website (we catalog almost everything). Order online  or phone in your request & we ship to you or loved ones in the US or any U.S. Military Base.
Brand new books can also be sent right to you from a huge new books distributor  (not amazon). The new book possibilities are endless, but they're not at our website (yet!) so
for new releases or new editions of favorites - just ask!!
If you're seeking an out-of-print book, perhaps a collectible book you remember from childhood, we are here for you. We'll do the research and find it, if we can. Every title / book is different and we look the for  best copy at the best price. 
We ship daily, as always...
MEDIA MAIL $3.99 for the 1st book, $2.00 per book after that
PRIORITY MAIL $7.99 for the 1st book, $2.00 each after that
-unless really big & heavy ...we'll work it out!
For best results, browse here at the website and email / call in your request. 
You can also find us at for unique collectible books and ephemera. Books published prior to the early 1970s or small press publications without an ISBN have a special place at AbeBooks.
We are excited about a new indie bookstore platform alternative to amazon: BookShop Beta: a place to order new books. We're building a selection of titles there, which is just a drop in the bucket of an ocean of books available. Be sure to look up your author & title requests at our shop on BookShop Beta
Please hold book trades for us (we still want them!) for when the Coronavirus restrictions have been lifted. We don't want this virus to be transmitted from anyone to anyone in our space!
Be safe, friends, and keep reading!



A March 2020 message from Kris Nelson, owner of Bluestocking Books

We appreciate whatever you can do to include us as your go-to local bookshop as you  find gifts for yourself and others, continue or renew ylour studies and catch up on general reading so we can continue to operate and serve a community we value. Basically this whole thing is awful - even if we get more reading time in, it's at a high cost and a lot of folks are working overtime to help the sick and to serve, wether by operating a bus, picking up our US mail, delivering packages, selling essential groceries or just generally keeping us all gloing. It's a great time to be extra kind, gentle and patient to ourselves and others.

If you want to support small businesses we have two 2-word powerhouses for you:
1) Gift Card - buying a gift card can give a small biz some capital and you get your good stuff later (if buying for yourself) or treat a friend or family member to a virtual hug!
2) Tip Jar - if you just want to give to local, neighborhood businesses, it's a traditional way to support any low wage workers or people who are not supported by paid leave, retirement account, etc... We're all neighbors looking out for each other.
Want to help San Diego, our friends & community? Find our what folks are already doing & join in #sandiegostepsup

Welcome to Bluestocking Books!


This creaky-floored space has been a bookshop for 53 years in 2020; Used books, a selection of new books and recent releases, greetings cards & postcards, booky gift items & antique items all flow in and find new homes with our book-loving community, both local and far-flung. We're shipping daily, worldwide, and enjoy the personal connections with visitors from every state and every country who come to 3817 5th Avenue and breathe a gentle sigh, saying "Ah, this feels like home." This is a place where old (and not so old) titles get rediscovered, sometimes for the first time. Toddlers make a beeline for their section and squeal with delight seeing a book they recognize. Dogs sit politely for a treat and sometimes do a trick. Old friends find new things to take about and new friends discover each other, occasionally resulting in True Love! (Browser beware!)