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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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  • What a great place to buy Christmas gifts for the family. My husband loves biographies on musicians and I never know who he has read. I don’t feel bad if I get ones he has already read there because w...  more »
  • This open air used book store is a great place to browse and find cheap books. They have seating areas to enjoy a little reading too.  more »
  • I love books and this has to be the most unusual book store I've ever visited. Zillions of used books: some indoors and some more in the open patios. You can even buy books after hours by leaving your...  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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