Selling to Second Story Books

Our Rockville store reopened at 5 PM on Friday, June 20, 2020.
Our Dupont Circle store reopened at 11 AM on Monday, June 22, 2020.

Dupont Buying Policies

This location only accepts books in excellent condition. For digital media, art, or antiques please contact our Rockville store.
We are always on the lookout for contemporary fiction, sci/fi, mysteries, and other genre fiction, as well as philosophy, history, classics, and collectable editions.

Limits per visit: 50 items. For larger quantities, please space your visits over 2 or more days or make an appointment at our Rockville store.

We will be available for trading every day from noon until 2 pm at our side door on P Street. We give store credit for books that we accept. Cash offers are reserved for rare or valuable books, or for books published this calendar year in like new condition. If you have a rare book or collection and would like to set up an appointment for review, please email photos and a brief description to

Rockville Buying Policies

This location will look at between 50-75 books (approximately 2-4 bags or boxes) maximum during walk-in hours.


An appointment is not required for walk-ins. 


Walk-in hours are every day except Wednesday between 10am to 12pm. 


This location only accepts books in Good condition or better (see description of Good and other book gradings here:


We do not buy or trade books with stickers, damage, pen/pencil/highlighting, excessive use, or books with a low chance of selling. 


For digital media, the media must be in its original packaging. Opened media is available for trade credit only. Sorry, we no longer buy LPs, tape cassettes, and VHS cassettes.


Second Story Books does not guarantee books held will be purchased or traded for credit. Upon notifying the owner and receiving confirmation from the owner of purchase, Second Story Books will send payment or apply credit.


Any items rejected by Second Story Books must be picked up within 30 days of notification or Second Story Books reserves the right to recycle the books.


Larger amounts of books may be dropped off at the Rockville Warehouse with proper verification. To bring upwards of 100 books to the Rockville Warehouse, please email a sample photo to

Questions can be directed to 301-770-0477 Ext.18

What We Are Looking For

The Rockville Warehouse buys books published in the last 3-5 years or books with a consistent record of selling. We are interested in paperback fiction but not the small, pocket-sized format ("mass market"), hardcover fiction if published in the last 5 years, and non-fiction books on the liberal arts (philosophy, sociology, history, etc.). 

We are not often interested in "Best Sellers" like James Patterson and John Grisham. 

We make offers based on our experience, so please do not expect us sell books at the prices you find online. 



Off-Site Purchasing

We'll come to your home, office or business for large collections. Contact Warren Wigutow at (301) 770-0477 ext. 16 or email to make an appointment.

Selling through Second Story Books

See CONSIGNMENTS for details on contracting with Second Story Books as your sales agent.