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Bart's Books, Ojai

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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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  • Bart’s books is always a fun place to take new comers. You can do a walk through or spend a few hours browsing the selection of books.  more »
  • Browse books and at the same time be in the fresh air - that it is possible in Beard books. The highlight in Ojai!
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  • Barts Books is an inside and outside store at the same time. Its design is legendary. There used to be a giant tree growing through the middle of the store. It isn't there now, but the store is still ...  more »
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  • What a great bookstore! I drive from Oxnard just to go here. It's somehow quaint and huge. You won't believe what you can find here. The store is open air with some inside areas as well. Lots of good quiet reading spots too. A great way to spend an afternoon. So glad it didn't get burned in the fire.
  • This place is amazing. I've been going here my entire life. I've always had a great experience here. The staff is friendly and helpful, and the prices are fair.
  • Funky and fabulous used book store like no other. World infamous and fun to hang out here. They have just about anything.
  • A wonderfully fun bookstore! This bookstore really drives home how lovely the weather can be in the region. The books lining the outside of the store are .50 and are available 24 hours a day (just throw your change through the slot). Hit these shelves up for quirky tomes and books for crafting.
  • This place is a treasure trove. It's a must visit if you're in the area. You will find some gems.
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