Old Capitol Books - Monterey, CA


Location & Hours

559 Tyler Street, Monterey, CA 93940

Mon - Sat 10am-6pm

Sunday 12pm-6pm

The Book Haven of Monterey California, now Old Capitol Books is Your Local Fine Used and Out Of Print Book Store. We stock a very wide selection of vintage books – 45,000+ titles. We have a special emphasis on California History & an extensive Military section, along with Children’s Illustratred and Art Books.

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Cute New Children’s Book Section!

Cute New Children’s Book Section!

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We’ve decided to highlight some of our fantastic children’s books by dedicating an entire section of our store to displaying all of our super cute kids’ books. :) (more…)

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Psychedelics Discussion Group


The last Thinking Critically about Society seminar, “Psychedelics and Society” was such a hit, that we’re going to host a regular discussion group here at Old Capitol Books!


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Independent bookstores turn a new page on brick-and-mortar retailing

By , Published: December 15, 2013 – In the WASHINGTON POST

Bookstores are terminally ill. Borders? Dead. Barnes & Noble? Life support. Amazon is king. E-books are the present and the future. Have tablet, will read.

But in downtown Frederick, Md., Marlene and Tom England are defying the future: They recently opened the Curious Iguana bookstore. It carries books printed on…

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Book Signing: Crystal Clary, author of “Signs of a Serial Killer”

Book Signing: Crystal Clary, author of “Signs of a Serial Killer”

August 12, 2014, 5pm-7pm: Head on over to Old Capitol Books later this month to meet Crystal Clary, the author of Signs of a Serial Killer, a crime novel based on a true story. (more…)

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Monterey’s Arab American Poets Come to Read Their Work

Monterey’s Arab American Poets Come to Read Their Work

September 11, 6:30pm: Old Capitol Books will be hosting two events on September 11th, highlighting our local diverse literary talent and exploring the effect of national tragedy on national or personal identity.


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Book Signing: Ken White, author of “Getaway Day”

Book Signing: Ken White, author of “Getaway Day”

Saturday September 13, 2pm-4pm: Ken White, author of Getaway Day, will be in store for a book signing. (more…)

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Theory and Philosophy Reading Group III: Necropolitics

Theory and Philosophy Reading Group III: Necropolitics

achille-mbembe-la-francafrique-le-temps-est-venu-de-tirer-un-trait-sur-cette-histoire-ratee,M43947Join with radicals, thinkers, activists, poets, and intellectuals on the Monterey Peninsula to read and discuss some of the greatest philosophers of our time.

For the third Theory and Philosophy Reading Group, we’ll be reading Achille Mbembe’s important work, “Necropolitics.”


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New Writers’ “OPEN MIKE”

New Writers’ “OPEN MIKE”

Things are sizzlin’ here at Old Capitol Books! We have the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium here the second Sundays 2-4pm; Back Alley Poetry on the first Tuesdays at 8pm… and NOW! a new Open Mic event second Tuesdays 5-7pm!


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Doug Gilbert, author of I Saw Fire: Reflections on Riots and Revolt in America, at Old Capitol books talking about protest movements in the 21st century. June 21st, 2014

Old Capitol Books in Go! Magazine

Old Capitol Books in Go! Magazine

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We’re super excited to have been featured in the recent issue of Go! Magazine, from the Monterey Herald. (more…)

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