The Last Bookstore is an iconic location in Downtown Los Angeles, transcending its place as California’s largest seller of new, used, and rare books into a quasi art installation.
453 S Spring St – Ground Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Hours of operation:
Sun-Thur 10a-10p Fri-Sat 10a-11p
the Last Bookstore is convenient to numerous other DTLA points of interest. It’s a short walk from Grand Central Market, the MOCA, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and even the Central Library.
The Last Bookstore is California’s largest used and new book and record store. Currently their third incarnation, they began in 2005 in a downtown Los Angeles loft.
That’s when owner Josh Spencer took his decade of experience selling everything from cars to clothes online and focused instead on his first love: books. During the revitalization of downtown LA, we grew quickly to our current 22,000 sq. ft. space in the Spring Arts Tower at 5th & Spring.
The name was chosen with irony, but seems more appropriate with each passing day as physical bookstores die out like dinosaurs from the meteoric impact of Amazon and e-books. We continue to BUY, SELL, and TRADE like we have from day one. In addition to over 250,000 NEW and USED books on two floors, including our new Arts & Rare Book Annex, our shared space includes tens of thousands of VINYL RECORDS and GRAPHIC NOVELS, a huge mezzanine level that includes the Labyrinth Above the Last Bookstore, Gather Yarn Shop, and the Spring Arts Collective gallery shops. Truly something for everyone.
It is one of the largest independent bookstores in the world still standing. It’s ALL thanks to people like you who want to keep actual books and records existing in the world. Join the cause — visit this place soon.
Upstairs, you’ll find the Labyrinth Above the Last Bookstore, Gather Yarn Shop, and the Spring Arts Collective gallery shops. The Labyrinth is where the Last Bookstore’s quirky character shines, and where you’ll find most of the art installations, photo ops, and intimate rooms (and vaults) containing particular genres of books.
The Spring Arts Collective gallery shops feature a handful (maybe 5?) of booths that are independently-run by individual artists. These are essentially shops and studios for those artists, who display their art and offer it for purchase. Hours on these are hit or miss since they are (or seem to be) one-person operations. We usually visit the Last Bookstore midday on weekends, and I think we see around half of them open each time.
The children section is downstairs in the back, My son loves dinosaurs they had a good selection, Books are about $3. to $7. so very reasonable. There is no public restroom so make sure to take the little ones to the restroom before coming. .
The decor is eclectic from the woolly mammoth head sconce to the book tunnel. This place is a must visit in LA especially if you're looking for pick up a few things to read. It's become a hot spot for tourists so definitely prepare to bump around with people looking to take some pictures.