Dear Friends,

When this is all over, Book Alley will be back bigger and better than ever.

In the meantime, we have financial obligations to meet and no income to meet them with.  You can help us now by purchasing a Gift Certificate or two.  Whatever amount you spend, we will automatically increase it by 20%.  For example, for $100 we’ll send you a Gift Certificate for $120.  For more info, please email us at:

We thank you for your patronage, for anything you can do to help us now, and look forward to seeing you all again in person just as soon as possible.

In the meantime, stay safe and hopeful.  There’s nothing to do now but go back to Stratford and write some poetry.

Your friends at Book Alley.


Welcome to Book Alley

Book Alley, founded in 1992, is not only Pasadena's finest used bookstore, but also one of Southern California's fastest growing (a rare feat these days). We are a general used bookstore, thus offering a large selection of books on all subjects, including children's titles. Although we do not specialize in any one subject, we can claim to have the largest selection of art, architecture, and photography books in the area.

For those unimpressed by our façade, we are bigger than we look! We boast over 50,000 titles in-stock, from genre fiction priced at $2.50 to highly collectible titles. Nearly all our books are cataloged online. Because we are always buying, our inventory grows everyday. Browse us online, or in person, and discover the finest and most eclectic selection of new, used, and rare books around. We are open seven days a week from 11am to 7pm.