Several local businesses accept used books.

A to Z Books
909 East Grand Avenue, Arroyo Grande, CA | (805) 489-8653
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 1pm – 5pm
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Barb’s People Builders
3420 Hwy. 46 West, Templeton, CA | (805) 237-9639
By appointment only.

Buckets of Books Paperback Exchange
9475 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA | (805) 466-3510
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9am – 4:30 pm
Map & Directions

Captain Nemo Comics
563 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, CA | (805) 544-6366
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 9pm, Sundays 11am – 6pm
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Cash paid for used comics and sci-fi and fantasy books.

Coalesce Book Store & More
845 Main Street, Morro Bay, CA | (805) 772-2880
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 5:30 pm, Sundays 11am – 4pm
Map & Directions

Nan’s Pre-Owned Books
1328 West Grand Avenue, Grover Beach, CA | (805) 489-7510
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 5:30pm, Sundays 1pm – 5pm
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Phoenix Books
990 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, CA | (805) 543-3591
Hours: Daily 10am – 10pm
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San Luis Obispo County Library
995 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, CA | (805) 781-5991
Hours: Tuesdays 10am – 8pm, Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm
Map & Directions
Accepts books less than 3 years old.

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Remove Hardcover Spines and Covers

Recycle hardcover books with paper, but remove their spines and book covers first. Hardcovers are too tough for recycling equipment to process. Paperback covers do not need to be removed.

Ways to Reduce

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Check Out from the Library

Take advantage of your library and check out books. Checking out books, instead of buying them brand-new, saves paper and keeps more old books out of landfills.

Ways to Reuse


Amazon Trade-In Program

Exchange books and electronics for an Amazon gift card through Amazon’s Trade-In Program. Shipping is free with their prepaid shipping labels. Make sure items are in acceptable condition.

Make a Donation

Drop off unwanted books at a charity or thrift shop. You can donate children books to the Boys and Girls Club and academic books to the Bridge to Asia program.

Sell Your Books

Consider selling old books at a yard sale or to a bookstore that sells used books. There are also online marketplaces like, Amazon or AbeBooks.

Did You Know?

The Environmental Impact of Books

Two billion books are purchased annually in the United States. Keep in mind that one tree makes only about 25 books.