The Last Bookstore in LA

More than a few bibliophiles would prefer that their prized possessions be kept in a bank vault as opposed to a bookshelf, but few actually get to see their dream in action.

Enter The Last Bookstore, an iconic LA bookstore using a not-so-subtly symbolic name set at the grand atrium of what was once a bank.

The marble pillars and mile-high ceiling remain from the old lender, but in place of sponsors and guarded piles of cash, bookshelves line the walls and artful displays of novels abound.

Not to imply that everything is brand new and lively. The bookstore actually specializes in reasonably priced used books, and takes great pride in offering a selection of well-kept vintage books as well. Anyone who’s ever loved a vintage book will know exactly what that means for your musty, decadent smell that hangs from the atmosphere in this apparently sacred location.

Almost as if to make a point about beauty in disarray, the bookshelves are placed every which way all throughout the store, and sculptures are custom-built from damaged or snobby copies. There are even hidden nooks, such as the old bank vault itself, in which novels are winkingly shown.

There’s a part of hardbacks organized by colour. The majority of the fiction is purposefully unarranged, meant to inspire treasure searches one of shoppers. Every book in the upstairs department is $1.00.

In a nutshell, every inch of this place is intended to make book lovers fall in love with it, and it succeeds.

Update January, 2017: The previous week in Los Angeles no more comes with an huge area upstairs for $1 novels; it’s shrunk down to 2 bookcases in the front of the shop.

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