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A message to our Community:

In accordance with San Francisco’s Shelter in Place order, Russian Hill Bookstore will remain closed until April 7th, or until restrictions are lifted.

If you would like to support Russian Hill Bookstore during our closure, please continue to check our website, and follow us on social media for updates on how to do so.


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Also, if you’d like to buy a gift certificate to support our business through these difficult times, please PayPal to:

Gift certificates will be honored and available for pick-up upon re-opening and never expire.

If you would like to purchase books from our shop online, please see our listings on ABEbooks, Amazon, and Biblio.

If you would like to purchase any other items in our shop, please email all inquiries to:

We hope you all stay safe and healthy through this uncertain time, and we look forward to seeing you all again in the near future!

Thank you for your support,

The Russian Hill Bookstore Family

Russian Hill Bookstore, established in 1974, is one of the last independently-owned used and new bookstores in San Francisco.  We began as Sunset Bookstore in 1974, a small used bookshop servicing the Sunset District west of 19th Avenue, and have been in continual operation for the past 43 years. Over the years Sunset Bookstore has since closed and merged with Russian Hill Bookstore, which has grown to become also the best note card shop in the city, and a favorite place for toys and games for children of all ages.

Hours and Location

Russian Hill Bookstore is located at 2162 Polk Street, between Vallejo and Broadway Streets. We are open from 10:00AM to 10:00PM daily, and closed New Years Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. For additional holiday hours, please contact us at



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Books: Used & New

We are a general used and new bookshop. Our inventory spans over 50 categories, from new fiction to antiquarian history. If we don’t have what you’re looking for, we can usually special order titles within 5 business days.

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We Buy Books!

If you have books you want to sell or trade, from just one copy to an entire library, we are always interested. Please call the shop in advance for buying hours, at 415-929-0997. If you are unable to bring your books to us, we do make house calls.

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Greeting Cards

At our shop, you’ll find the largest selection of note cards anywhere in the city. Whether you’re looking for a blank card or holiday greeting, we’ve got something for everything. We are proud to carry many cards from small, independent artists, local to the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Gift Boutique

Our hand-selected gift items range from scented candles to notebooks and coffee mugs. Whether you’re looking for a housewarming present or going away gift, we’ve got you covered.

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Children’s Books & Toys

We carry an extensive collection of new, used, and vintage children’s books, as well as creative and educational toys, games, puzzles, plush, coloring books, and activity sets.

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Board Games & Puzzles

We stock classics, such as Backgammon and Clue, as well as the latest in strategy, co-operative, adventure, party, family and kid’s games. If we don’t have the title you’re looking for, we are usually able to special order games and expansions.

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San Francisciana

We are located on many walking routes for those exploring San Francisco. We have an extensive selection of San Francisco history and memorabilia.

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