Russian Hill Bookstore is open for instore shopping!
Regular shopping hours:
10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. every day
Reserved hour for at-risk visitors:
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Monday – Friday
We look forward to welcoming you in-store again!
Thank you so much for all of your support
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A message to our Community:
Since San Francisco’s shelter-in-place order went into effect on March 17 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have had to temporarily shut our doors to the public.
We have tried to hold out as long as we could in asking for donations from our community, knowing that this is a very difficult and uncertain time for everyone. But as rent, bills, invoices and insurance costs pile up, our resources are becoming slim. We will continue to come in every day to take your orders for shipment and free hand-delivery — for which we are incredibly grateful. But at this time, Russian Hill Bookstore needs your help.
The shop owners, Ben and Jess, are still coming in every day to fulfill orders and ship books. When the restrictions on the shelter-in-place order were expanded to ban curbside pickup at non-essential businesses, we began offering free delivery and have been walking gift packages to our neighbors around San Francisco. We have applied for emergency small business loans, as well as Federal and private grants, but so far we have yet to hear back from any of them.
We have started a GoFundMe campaign. All funds raised through this campaign will be solely utilized toward maintaining the wages of our incredible staff, and helping with our basic operating expenses of monthly rent and utilities. Any surplus funds raised above our goal will be placed in a general fund to help other independent bookstores in San Francisco most in need of financial support.
We would not be here without the support we have received over the years from our community. We are asking for your support once more.
Please donate what you are able to afford. If you are unable to donate, please share our campaign with your friends and neighbors.
Stay home, stay safe and healthy. We look forward to opening our doors to you again, and we hope to see you soon ….
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.
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 47 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.
Russian Hill Bookstore is located at 2162 Polk Street, between Vallejo and Broadway Streets. We are open from 10:00AM to 8:00PM daily, and closed New Years Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. For additional holiday hours, please contact us at
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.