Editor's Choice: 
Best Libraries in Richmond, VA
 
Name Address
(1) Cochrane Rockville Branch Library 16600 Pouncey Tract Road Rockville, Virginia 23146 749-3146
Charming little library in Western Hanover farm country recently got a major facelift thanks to the generosity of a local benefactor.
(2) Maude Langhorne Nelson Library (Hopwell VA Main Library)  209 East Cawson Street Hopewell, VA 23860 (804) 458-6329
Holy Mother of God. Hopewell, VA's brand new HQ library. Huge, clean with a James River view...Wow! WOW! 
(3) Twin Hickory Library 001 Twin Hickory Road Glen Allen, VA 23059-2509 
The next two Henrico libraries are brand spanking new and very impressive, indeed.  This is what you can buy with bond referendums and developer proffer money.
(4) Tuckahoe Library  1901 Starling Dr Richmond, VA 23229-4607 270-9578
see above 
(5)  Richmond Main Library 101 E Franklin St Richmond, VA 23219 646-7223
Yeah, it's seen better days, but this old queen is still chugging along. Just stay away from the bathrooms!

Editor's Choice: 
Best Used Book Store in Richmond, VA

Name Address
(1) Chop Suey Books  1317 W. Cary St,  497-4705 | 2913 W. Cary St 
There are certainly bigger used book stores in town (Book Exchange and Stories), but what sets this place apart are (1) Socially responsible ownership (2)  A discerning selection (kind of like having a book sommelier)

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#1. Richmond Virginia (VA) Libraries

Go here first.  With online tools, you can reserve a book from any of the branch libraries in the system; they'll deliver to your favorite location; and you can re-new online; and IT'S FREE!! Also, most libraries sell used surplus or donated books at great prices.

#2. Richmond Virginia (VA) Used & Independent Book Stores

Before you big box, try these first... 

Name Address Commentary
bbgb Tales for Kids  CARYTOWN 3003 W Cary St Richmond, VA 23221 (804) 353-5675 New children's book specialists.
Bell Book & Candle ASHLAND 106 1/2 S Railroad Ave Ashland, VA 23005 (804) 798-9047  Center of the Universe book store. 
Black Swan Books FAN 2601 West Main Street,v Richmond, VA 23220 (804) 353-9476 AbeBooks (Most Recent Listing) | Alibris | Biblio | Rare and first edition book specialists. 
Book Exchange MIDLOTHIAN 13198 Midlothian Tpke, Midlothian, VA 23113 (804) 379-2642 One of the largest used book stores in town.
Book People NEAR WEST END 536 Granite Avenue, Richmond, VA 23226 (804) 288-4346 AbeBooks (Most Recent Listing) | One of the oldest used book stores in town. 
Book Holders FAN 720 W Grace St, Richmond, VA 23220 (804) 767-1699
They specialize in textbooks, but have a treasure trove of good literature (think VCU English classes). 
Carytown Books  NORTHSIDE 4021 Macarthur Ave Richmond, VA 23227 (804) 261-7710  Ironically, not in Carytown.
Chop Suey Books CARYTOWN 2913 West Cary Street Richmond, VA 23221 (804) 422-8066  AbeBooks (Most Recent Listing) | Alibris | Best of Richmond. See Editor's Choice box.
Collector's Companion multiple antique mall locations AbeBooks (Most Recent Listing) | Alibris
Ex Libris Books LAKESIDE 6921 Lakeside Ave Richmond, VA 23228 (804) 262-9217 AbeBooks (Most Recent Listing) | Inside McAdoo's 
Fountain Bookstore SHOCKOE BOTTOM 1312 E Cary St Richmond, VA 23219 (804) 788-1594 The best (the only?) indie store in town for new books.
Libbie Books NEAR WEST END 411 Libbie Ave Richmond, VA 23226 (804) 285-2665 Biblio (Most Recent Listing) | Buy, sell and trade used books.  
Owens & Ramsey Historical Booksellers CHESTERFIELD 2728 Tinsley Drive Richmond, Virginia 23235 (804) 272-8888  AbeBooks (Most Recent Listing) | Civil war book specialists. 
Richmond Book Shop  FAN 808 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220 (804) 644-9970 It's been there forever. 
Social Consignment DOWNTOWN 11W Broad St Richmond, VA 23220 (804) 310-1665 
All Books $5.  Trades 2 for 1. Specializes in Non-Fiction (history, biographies, business, cookbooks).
Stories FOREST HILL 231-4213 Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond, VA 23225 (804) 231-4213  Lots of used books to the right, Comics to the left, Porn in the back.
Tumbleweeds BON AIR 2715 Buford Road Richmond, VA 23235 (804) 440-9333 Classics, Children, Large Print, VA History, Mysteries
Green Valley Book Fair 2192 Green Valley Ln Mt. Crawford, VA 22841 800-385-0099 About a 1.5 hour drive from Richmond (between Staunton and Harrisonburg).  Worth the day trip for the massive number of new books at super discounts. 

#4. Richmond Virginia (VA) Online Only Sellers

Here are the local sellers who are selling online and "by appointment" only using one of the three main platforms (AbeBooks, Alibris, or Biblio).  No brick and mortor. Save on shipping by working directly with them: 

#4. Richmond Virginia (VA) Thrift Stores

The great thing about thrift stores is the pleasant, out of print surprise you might uncover. 

#5. The Internet

Used book sources on the internet. On AbeBooks, Alibris, and Biblio, you may want to seek out the local dealers and save on shipping, perhaps.

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