Booksmith's New Home

The Booksmith is thrilled to announce some big news. After several years of work and planning, this spring we’ll be moving the entire store permanently to its new home at 1727 Haight Street.

This is a truly exciting, once-in-a-generation opportunity for the shop and a substantial bid for its sustainable, enduring longevity. The Booksmith will remain a haven for readers and writers, for discovery, imagination and diversity for years and years to come.

Between now and our move-in, we’re rebuilding the space — which we’ve used for the past several years as a dedicated event venue — to allow us to accommodate the same robust, deep inventory we’ve worked to cultivate over the years. Redesigning the store will allow us to fit our 26,000 books, accommodate a flexible space for literary and community events, and restore the space to its original footprint.

The Booksmith was founded in 1976 on the 1700 block of Haight Street, and has been in its current home at 1644 Haight since 1985. 1727 Haight will be the third address for the forty-four year old legacy business & bookstore; prior to its current use as the Booksmith’s dedicated event space, the Bindery, the location served as the home to the Red Victorian movie theater, owned and operated by a employee collective which included building owners Betsy & Jack Rix.

“We are thrilled," said Betsy Rix. "Having the Booksmith move into our building is a dream. We've appreciated it as a community-serving business which provides so much more to the community than just books."

We invite you to share our excitement as we look forward and embark on our next chapter. We’re able to be here and do what we do entirely because of the support and dedication of our community—thank you! Keep reading, keep discovering, keep dreaming.

The Booksmith is open daily from 11-6 for door service and will be filling orders throughout our transition—we so look forward to welcoming you to our new home.