We specialize in buying whole collections!

Sell Your Books

We have extensive experience buying, selling and appraising books in the Dinkytown since 1976.

It is our mission to serve the University and greater Twin Cities’ community as a resource for established and future classics in all fields, as well as the rare, the out-of-print and the unique.

The Book House is known for the breadth and depth of our stock and knowledge and we look forward to helping you your book collection needs! Check out our Featured Books page to catch a glimpse of some of our gems.


What We Do Buy

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.

What We Don’t Buy

With so many books in the world, and our own stock continually changing, it is hard to say exactly what we’ll be interested in at any one time… with a few exceptions. Those are:

  •  Books in poor condition
  •  Outdated textbooks
  •  Encyclopedia sets (unless before 1920)
  •  Magazines
  •  Romance novels

What We Pay

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

Buying Hours

The Book House in Dinkytown generally has a buyer on duty during store hours.

Monday – Saturday ‣ noon – 9pm
Sunday ‣ 11am – 6pm

However, it is still highly recommended that sellers call the store in advance, especially if they wish to sell books after 5pm in the evening, or on Sundays.