Hello January 2021!
Operating every day 11am-6pm at 3817 5th Ave 
BookSearch Service, New & Used 
We order new books weekly for pick-up here - just ask for any title check!
To visit and shop in person - see below***
For USED BOOKS IN STOCK RIGHT NOW - use our search bar above: updated daily! We update every day. You can order & prepay for ship-to-you or at store pick up. Ask questions about any item & we will get back to you as soon as possible with info/fotos. Or ask about what you don't see and we'll quote you a price to get it for you...
Our Booksearch Service finds used books we don't have - Mary finds / quotes & best quality for your title/specifics and takes care of all the details, presenting you with a wonderful book. Or, if your title is available in print, we can get you one asap. We look into every title request.
For BRAND NEW BOOKS (at a 'lil discount!) SHIPPED DIRECTLY TO YOU or your Loved Ones-
Click thru the Bookshop link right here & use the search bar to find the books you'd like, and we get the sale:
Banner promoting shopping new books at Bookshop is one of the best things to come along in 2020! It supports us & a contemporary group of independent booksellers - anyone using is anywhere is much appreciated. It is secure and easy to use! Let's give that primal AMAZON power back to the amazing giant rainforest and kick-ass women warriors!!
call (619) 296-1424 or email [email protected]
please add us to your email address book & include your ph # in correspondence
To purchase a Gift Card here, click "Checkout" on the left here, and look to the right side of your screen for the Gift Cards :)
You can also buy gift cards at!!
Visiting During the COVID Global Pandemic:
To Come In & Shop at 3817 5th Avenue, calling first to see if we have what you want is a fine idea! If you want your family/party of (5-6 capacity) to shop for a bit, consider making a date with us to safely accomodate everyone. Popping by btwn 11am-6pm is also fine - staff will watch & if we're at capacity, no one additional may enter until someone heads out. 
We have a table at the door - come up and say Hi! We are your doorpersons, admitting you & keeping the number of people very limited. We protect ourselves and others by asking you to wear a real, full & attached mask from nose to chin. Gators and bandanas will not be admitted. We will ask you to start with hand sanitizer so everyone and everything stays clean. 
  • Do not enter with a fever or cough, any symptoms of illness or if you have recently been ill or are in a high-risk group 
  • Wear a secure mask covering nose and mouth at all times - no exceptions
  • No drinks or food - check your bags
  • Keep a minimum of 6 feet distance from others
  • Maintain clean hands
  • Don't touch your face - or your cell phone - please
  • BEST FOR ALL: Stay home - call it in & have it mailed to you
Baby Book Drive! Stockpiling Books for Babies in Need! 
We collect new books for tots 0-5yrs old to receive at pediatric check-ups. Babies enrolled/born into the UCSD program here have been diagnosed with a known risk during prenatal care. The fetal development issues are monitored and when it comes to brain development, reading plays a big part. Babes get a free book (provided by our generous customers); parents get encouragement from Dr. to cuddle up and read.... and then.... Magic Happens!! Babies become more socially engaged and start to talk more.They're better prepared to start school and they're discovering a beautiful world of words & pictures. One kind doctor in this program shared with us that he sees babies more intaractive on the very next visit :D!!!!!!
And, oh hey!...
You can also find us at, a used & collectible book shopping website made up of many book dealers like us. We list our unique collectible selections and ephemera there, titles published prior to the early 1970s, cool retro pamphlets, quirky magazines or small press publications without an ISBN. They will find you through AbeBooks! Shop there securely or call us directly about any item and we can send more details.
-Stay well & keep reading!-
How can we help? Please ask!

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 talk about and new friends discover each other, occasionally resulting in True Love! (Browser beware!)