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Kramerbooks & Afterwords Washington District Of Columbia

Kramerbooks & Afterwords opened in 1976 and is the first bookstore/cafe in Washington, D.C. The shop has a good stock of LGBT and local...

Books for America Washington District Of Columbia

Books for America is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. that distributes donated new and used books and other forms of educational...

Capitol Hill Books Washington District Of Columbia

Capitol Hill Books is a used bookstore located on historic Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. with two floors of used books, first editions, and...

Riverby Books Washington District Of Columbia

Riverby Books is a used-book store located on Capitol Hill. The store's collection includes volume sets, rare books, and best-sellers. Open daily...

Second Story Books Washington District Of Columbia

Since Allan Stypeck purchased Second Story Books in 1973, it has grown to one of the largest used and rare bookstores in the world. Two locations...

The Lantern Washington District Of Columbia

The Lantern has been selling used and rare books since 1977. The selection is eclectic and contains an assortment of donated hardcovers,...

Cedar Hill: Frederick Douglass' Home Washington District Of Columbia

After Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery, he spent the rest of his life fighting for justice and equality for all people. Cedar Hill was...

The Catholic University of America: Rare Books and Special Collections Washington District Of Columbia

The Rare Books and Special Collections department of the Mullen Library at the Catholic University of America supports and enriches the...

Folger Shakespeare Library Washington District Of Columbia

Folger Shakespeare Library is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare materials, as well as major collections of other rare...

The Library of Congress: Rare Book and Special Collections Reading Room Washington District Of Columbia

The Rare Book and Special Collections Division traces its beginnings to Thomas Jefferson's wish to create a library for statesmen and for the...

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