Below is a list of the top and leading Bookstores in Fresno. To help you find the best Bookstores located near you in Fresno, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.
Fresno’s Best Bookstores:
The top rated Bookstores in Fresno, CA are:
- Barnes & Noble – included the Borders and Waldenbooks brands
- Petunia’s Place – has added space for adult books as well
- Heroes Comics – friendly staff is there to help you with whatever you need
- Friends of the Fresno County Public Library – participation in library programs for all ages has increased dramatically
- GW School Supply, Inc. – best educational standards and products
Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble became a state-owned company in 1993 and persisted to grow throughout the 1990s, adding an e-commerce website, BN.com in May 1997, and publishing capabilities. The Company bought SparkNotes.com, a dominant study aids website in 2001, and in 2003, Sterling Publishing, which had been operating for more than half a century and had a deep library of titles in print.
In 2009, the Company inputted the eBook market with its procurement of Fictionwise and started its NOOK® brand of e-Reading products, which provide a fun, easy-to-use, and immersive digital reading experience. During recent years, the Company has presented several devices in the tablet and e-Reader categories. The Company included the Borders and Waldenbooks brands into its family in 2011.
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“The place is nicely maintained and the books are well organized. The staff are very nice and will offer help frequently. They have a really wide variety of genres and even offer toys like Lego’s and such. There is even a place where you can drink a nice warm coffee while enjoying a book. Overall a really nice establishment. The brunette cashier though, buff. The highlight of the store hands down lol. 10/10 location.” – Ruben H.
Petunia’s Place is Central Valley’s self-sufficient bookstore. For more than 30 years it has been acknowledged for its outstanding collection of books for children and young adults. Now, to that wonderful collection, the store has added space for adult books as well. The staff is delighted to order any books customers are looking for.
They are delighted to be able to assist the Fresno Police Chaplaincy with their book collection for younger children. The Chaplaincy fulfills with and gives help and resources to domestic violence victims on a regular basis, including women with young children. If you have any books for little ones that you no longer need, please bring them to the store where they have a donation box ready to receive them.
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“I love this independent local bookstore. It’s so easy to order new books through them and they immediately, cheerfully notify me when the book’s in. Good folks.” – Burnis T.
Heroes Comics is a family-friendly store that likes to maintain a fun and relaxed environment. They have been serving comic lovers and comic newcomers since 1989. The valley is their home and they love it. Their friendly staff is here to help you with whatever you need. Are you new to comic universes and looking for something that might suit you? Are you purchasing a gift for someone but all you know is their favorite hero(or villain)? Well don’t worry, just drop by and ask them so they can point you in the right direction.
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“It’s always nice coming here. The owner is cool to talk to and if you need help ordering a book, not in stock, he’ll help you out. There are plenty of back issues of old and new books too.” – Jose A.
Friends of the Fresno County Public Library
Friends of the Fresno County Public Library was created in 1980 by a group of anxious citizens to serve as a connection between the Library and the community and to raise money for special projects. In the 1990s, the Friends of the Library backed the passage of Measure B, a 1/8 cent sales tax for the purpose of Library operations. Following the passage of Measure B in 1998 and again in 2014, library usage has soared circulation has doubled and participation in library programs for all ages has increased dramatically.
“Great for a used book store. It is used to help the Fresno County Library with its programs by helping the volunteers of the Friends of the Fresno County Public Library. As more time is added, right now there are not enough days. The books change quickly and the only way to know what they got is by stopping in. There are good choices one weekend, the next weekend it may be not so great. The books are donated, so you never know what you get. You have to stop by to see what is happening.” – Kenton S.
GW School Supply, Inc.
GW School Supply, Inc. has been in business since 1932. The original name was Geography Workbook Specialist, now it is just GW School Supply. From 1932 to the present, it has been owned by two families. The original store was downtown Fresno and moved to the current location in the late ’70s. They have 3 Wonderful Retail Stores that carry a very expansive variety of items to help kids learn and grow.
Their helpful, knowledgeable, and experienced staff continue to provide excellent customer service and continuously receive training on the latest, and the best educational standards and products. They love to have with you and assist you with your projects.
Book Store, School Supplies, Events
“Every time I shop here I find everything I’m looking for. The staff is always helpful and kind.” – Ruthann P.
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