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Bart's Books

302 W Matlija St, Ojai, California 93023 USA

418 Reviews
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Closed Now
Opens Tue 10a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Outdoor
    Seating
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“Shop for books, outside!”

It’s no secret that Bart’s is a bookstore unlike any other, attracting people from all over the world and gaining recognition for being the largest independently owned and operated outdoor bookstore in the U.S.A.. For years, Bart’s has offered a wide variety of rare and captivating books, but the history of how this bookstore came to be is a story in itself. Bart’s Books, at the corner of Matilija and Canada streets in Ojai, CA, is the home to the largest independently owned and operated outdoor bookstore in the U.S.A. In 1964 Bart’s Books was little more than a sparkle in the eye of Richard Bartinsdale whose collection of books had gotten so overwhelming that he constructed a series of book cases along the sidewalk so that passersby could peruse the titles. In lieu of a cash register, “Bart” left coffee cans atop the book cases. People would select a title or two and leave payment in the cans, giving birth to Bart’s world famous tradition of selling books via the honor system. Since that time Bart’s Books has become host to nearly one million books ranging from the thirty-five cent specials which line the outside walls and are still for sale on the honor system, to rare, out of print first editions, and art books valued in the thousands of dollars. Nearly half a century after its inception, Bart’s Books continues to mystify patrons, journalists, and book lovers with a character and charm that beggars description and a selection of books that is beyond compare.

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Issa A.

Owning a business in ojai isn't easy but this place definitely makes it look simple! After working in the Ojai valley for so long, you are bound to hear about Barts Books at least a few times.... Read more

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Terri B.

Oh my gosh, what a treasure. We explored Bart's Books for several hours and I truly could have spent the entire day. An outdoor bookstore jam packed with used books, old books, unusual books on... Read more

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Heather K.

GETTING HERE: Bart's Books in Ojai, CA is located on Matilija Street, between the streets of Canada and Rincon. They don't have their own lot so street parking is your option. REVIEW: Holy cow.... Read more

Bart's Books

302 W Matlija St
Ojai, California
93023 USA
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Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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