Remove Ads

Haslam's Book Store

2025 Central Ave, Florida 33713 USA

278 Reviews
Closed Now
Opens Sun 12p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
  • Wheelchair
  • Public
  • Wifi

No Longer Maintained

This location is no longer maintained in Roadtrippers. Please confirm location details before visiting.

Remove Ads

Learn more about this business on Yelp.

“Floridas largest used and new book store”

Over 60 years ago, John and Mary Haslam started a small used book and magazine store in St. Petersburg. Over the years it grew to be Florida's largest new & used book store.  Haslam's was started in 1933 in the Depression by John and Mary Haslam, both avid readers, to provide other readers with used magazines and books at bargain prices.After World War II they were joined by the second generation, Charles and Elizabeth and the business began to expand. In response to customers' requests, new technical books were added, then Bibles and religious books and finally a complete line of trade books and a large section for children. The business has moved four times to accommodate the growing number of volumes and customers, and today covers 30,000 square feet with over 300,000 books. To promote books and reading, Charles had a television program on WEDU, the local PBS station, for 15 years called "The Wonderful World of Books," and reviewed books on WSUN radio for eight years. He appeared as a regular guest on WTOG-TV. Elizabeth operated book fairs at local schools for 25 years and now conducts "field trip" tours of Florida's largest book store for elementary classes. Both have been active in the American Bookseller's Association (Charles was president from 1978 - 1980). They have taught in Bookseller Schools and written chapters in "The Manual of Bookselling." Both are published authors. In 1973, the third generation came into the business: daughter Suzanne (who also authored a chapter in the "Manual on Bookselling") and husband Ray Hinst (history, classics & military expert).Our "book memory" has variety as well as length.

Read More >
Photo of Sasha S.

Reviewed by
Sasha S.

While visiting St. Petersburg, FL this bookstore was recommended by many of the locals and friends that have visited. This place will make you feel like you you are on a time warp. I am a reader... Read more

Photo of Krys P.

Reviewed by
Krys P.

This place has a big sign outside declaring itself to be the largest bookstore in Florida. Not only that, it has been around for over 60 years and is a family business in its third generation.... Read more

Photo of Dianna B.

Reviewed by
Dianna B.

Review #3000 I gave my former CM a choice as to what would be my 3000 review and this is the business he chose (It was waiting in line to be reviewed). I visited Haslam's Books in early March,... Read more

Haslam's Book Store

2025 Central Ave
33713 USA
Remove Ads


Closed Now
  • Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:30 pm

Problem with this listing? Let us know.

Remove Ads
  • Check
  • Unavailable
    Pets Allowed
  • Check
  • Check
  • Check
    Wheelchair Accessible
  • Check
    Credit Cards Accepted
See More Details (15)


Remove Ads

Nearby Hotels

Ruskin, Florida
Bradenton, Florida

Click to discover a
great deal!

Madeira Beach, Florida
Remove Ads

Related Trip Guides

  • Trip Guide

The best-kept secrets of Disney World

  • 9 Places
  • 01:25
  • 30 mi
  • Trip Guide

The top things to do on an I-95 road trip

  • 50 Places
  • 41:46
  • 1,983 mi
  • Trip Guide

The top things to do on an I-10 road trip

  • 55 Places
  • 56:13
  • 3,026 mi
Remove Ads