We are book people.

Gary is an ex-manager of animal shelters and residential health facilities. He loves sci-fi, non-fiction, and “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein. Gary has dreamed of owning a bookstore since he was a kid. As a teenager, he spent so much time in his neighborhood used book store that the owner gave him a couch. As an adult, he has spent countless hours in used book stores but has yet to receive any furniture. Seriously. Not even an ottoman. 

Denise came to Santa Cruz in 1999 to get a PhD in Literature and never left. She edits books, teaches writing at UCSC, and is excited that her book hoarding suddenly seems less extreme now that she co-owns a bookstore. She loves literary fiction; cultural histories, especially of random things (chocolate, cheese, the stapler); and all things mystery.

Tito and Marshmallow, the store dogs, don't read books but they wish they could.

Worry-Free Shopping

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We are following all county recommendations to keep our customers safe: Our employees screen for symptoms daily, and the store is cleaned and disinfected regularly. Everyone in the store must sanitize their hands and wear a mask. We ask that you not come into the store if you or someone close to you is currently experiencing cough, fever, or other symptoms. We follow county guidelines for how many customers can be in the store at any given time. If you have questions about any of our COVID-19 safety policies, please be in touch with us.

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Curbside Pickup

We also offer curbside pickup--just email us at info@twobirdsbooks.com or call at (831) 900-5588 to place an order. We’re happy to take your payment information over the phone, and bring your items out to your car.

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Private Shopping Sessions/VIdeo Browsing Sessions

If you’d prefer to shop with no one around, give us a call at (831) 900‑5588 or drop us an email at info@twobirdsbooks.com to arrange a private 30-minute browsing session. These appointments are available in the mornings and evenings (or mid-day by special arrangement). Another option is a virtual browse. You can reserve a time for us to set up a Zoom call in which you can direct us around the store, ask us questions, and get recommendations--all from from the comfort of your couch!

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Online Shopping

You can also support us via our Bookshop.org storefront, where we’ve curated some of our favorites for you to choose from. Visit us at bookshop.org/shop/twobirdsbooks. You can also purchase audiobooks from our Libro site, https://libro.fm/twobirdsbooks.

Special Orders

Great news! If you don’t see something you want on our shelves, we can almost always get it in for you, and you’ll be supporting a local indie bookstore instead of You-Know-Where. Let us know what you want in person or over the phone, and we’ll give you a call when it’s ready to pick up.

Trade-in Policy

We’ll happily consider your used books for trade-in store credit, evaluated on a book-by-book basis. Some guidelines: 

Books must be in good condition: no stains, strong smells, markings, or torn covers please. Sorry, we are not purchasing ex-library books or textbooks. We take into consideration the book’s age, desirability, market value, and condition. The more recently a title was released, the more likely we’ll be interested in it. You may bring your trade-in books to the store during regular business hours. If the store is busy, you may leave the books to be assessed while you are away, or make an appointment for another time. We often procure books from estates and other sales; please contact us to arrange an assessment.


881 41st Avenue.

Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Bookstore Hours:

Open Daily