The Book House in Dinkytown
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 Book Buying Policy

The Book House is known for the breadth and depth of our stock and knowledge. We have been buying, selling and appraising books in the University area for over 35 years. It is our mission to serve the University and greater Twin Cities' community as a resource for the rare, the out-of-print and the unique, as well as the classics in all fields. We also buy vinyl records

What we buy and what we pay for used books

Although the book business has changed a great deal over the last 15 years, the Book House still buys good books of all kinds and ages. Our special scholarly interests include philosophy, mathematics, and theology; social science and history; science and technology; Latin and Greek classics, foreign language; folklore, mythology, science fiction; and always good literature. We buy whole collections. 

Books are evaluated on a book by book basis. Our bids are based on the expected retail value derived from the books' desirability, current and historic market values, in-print prices, conditions, and our current stock levels.  We offer both cash and trade in exchange for books, with an average of 50% more in trade. 

What we do not buy

With so many books in the world, and our own stock continually changing, it is impossible to say exactly what we'll be interested in at any one time. However, we can say exactly what kinds of books we are not interested in. Those are:

  • Books in poor condition
  • Outdated textbooks
  • Old encyclopedia sets (unless before 1920)
  • Most book club editions
  • Magazines
  • Original software users manuals
  • Mass-market romance novels

Buying Hours

The Book House in Dinkytown generally has a buyer on duty during store hours. However, it is highly recommended that sellers call in advance, especially if they wish to sell books after 5pm in the evening, or on Sundays. 
Our store hours are 12pm-8:30pm Monday - Saturday, 12pm-8pm Sunday
We can be reached at 612 / 331-1430 during these hours, or by email any time at

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