Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena (695 East Colorado Boulevard), opened in 1894 and is Southern California's oldest independent bookstore. During World War II, according to its own historical accounts, Vroman’s donated books to Japanese American internees in the Los Angeles area. In 2009, Vroman’s purchased fellow independent bookseller Book Soup in West Hollywood (opened in 1975)after the owner died and the store faced closure.
The Last Bookstore in Downtown Los Angeles (453 South Spring Street), offering an inventory of some 250,000 books, boasts to be the largest bookstore in California. It opened in 2005.
UCLA Store Bookzone on the campus in Westwood is the nation’s largest independent university bookstore.
Once Upon a Time in Montrose (2207 Honolulu Avenue), opened in 1966, is reported by Publisher’s Weekly to be the oldest children’s bookstore in the nation.
Brodrick & Reilly, the first bookstore in Los Angeles, opened on Spring Street in 1871.
Remembering some late, great Los Angeles area bookstores:
Acres of Books, Long Beach
Bodhi Tree Bookstore, West Hollywood
California Map & Travel Center, Santa Monica
Dutton’s Brentwood Books
Dutton's Books Beverly Hills
Dutton's Books North Hollywood
Geographia Map & Travel Book Store, Burbank
Midnight Special, Santa Monica