Builders Booksource: 1817 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710: Fantastic bookstore focused on architecture, design, building, for architects, designers, as well as DIY.
Mrs. Dalloway’s: 2904 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705: This lovely bookstore is in the home neighborhood of ARTIST-AT-LARGE. Known as a really good bookstore for gardeners, they also have a great supply of all the other topics as well as a nicely sized kid’s section. They also have a monthly schedule of writer’s talks.
Dark Carnival Imaginative Fiction Bookstore: 3086 Claremont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705: Everybody’s favorite independent Science Fiction bookstore. If you are into Sc-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, or Graphic Novels you will be in heaven for hours. Funky, quirky, labyrinth of books. Comics are next door at The Escapist Comic Bookstore at 3090 Claremont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705. Look for the inflatable dragon!
Moe’s Books: 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704: This used and new bookstore is the heartbeat of Independent Bookstores in Berkeley. There are large sections of Art, Fiction, Sci-Fi, Cookbooks, History, Philosophy, just really, anything you can think of. They have an excellent Antiquarian Room too. Buy, sell, or trade. Be forewarned that they are very picky about the books they take.
Pegasus Books: 2349 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704: New and used local bookshop. Great calendar sales at the beginning of the year.
Sleepy Cat Books: 2509 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704: The newest edition to the Independent roster of booksellers in Berkeley. They describe their stock as “gently used”.
University Press Books: 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704: Academic titles published by the press associated with UC Berkeley as well as titles from many English speaking University Presses from around the world.