The Last Bookstore

For several years, I’ve wanted to photograph The Last Bookstore in downtown L.A.

It’s become quite famous.

I’m in L.A. fairly frequently, but I never seem to have my camera when I’m in the right vicinity at the right time.

I was happy I finally had the opportunity last weekend.

The Last Bookstore is … a bookstore.

But, it isn’t like other bookstores.

It’s also a piece of art.

(Did you notice the easel in the above photo?  The art is made from pages out of a book.)

The owner asked local downtown artists to help “create” the store.

For instance, as soon as you walk in, you can’t help but notice the check-out counter/desk had been constructed from books.

There is art around every corner.

It creates a feeling of fun and whimsy … you’re not sure what might be around the next stack of books.

Sculpture in The Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore originated in 2005 in a downtown loft.

The name of the store was chosen because bookstores are rapidly dying out as our lives have turned digital.

(I’ve always loved bookstores …!)

You can buy, sell and/or trade books at The Last Bookstore – albums too.

The Last Bookstore is now located in a 20,000 square foot space.

It’s the largest new and used bookstore in California.

The downstairs floor of The Last Bookstore is full of NEW books.

Upstairs, there are thousands of used books for sale for $1.00.

I passed some flying books on my way to the second level.

Upstairs is a chaotic maze of seemingly random book shelves and cases.

If you decide to visit, plan to spend quite awhile browsing.

It can be a challenge to find things in the “maze” of used books upstairs.

There’s even a tunnel made from books.

I really enjoyed my visit.

In addition to taking photos,

I had fun browsing titles of some of the old, used, books.

If you find yourself in downtown Los Angeles, I highly recommend stopping by The Last Bookstore.

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4 Responses to “The Last Bookstore”

  1. Missy Stalcup

    How fun. It reminds me of something from Alice in Wonderland!

    • Suzanne

      Yes … it’s exactly like that.
      There’s even an eccentric man who works there and periodically appears from under a stack of books. It’s very surreal!

  2. Mj

    Visiting this place has just been added to my bucket list. Thanks!

    • Suzanne

      You’re welcome.
      It’s a fun place to visit.
      If you are in downtown to see it you should also check out Angels Flight and Grand Central Market.
      : )


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