Judy Nam
Guest Writer

1. Kramerbooks & Afterwards: Cafe & Grill

NW, Washington, D.C.

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With over 800 reviews on Yelp, it’s no wonder why Kramerbooks made number one on our list of top places to visit if you’re a book fanatic. You can buy new books of almost any genre, most at reasonable prices. They have a great café — make sure to call for a reservation, 202-387-3825.  And they’re open almost all the time — 7:30-1 a.m. daily and 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays. Is that enough to satisfy your literary craving?

2. Books for America

1417 22nd St. NW, Washington, D.C.

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Books for America is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote literacy, life-long learning and understanding by distributing donated new and used books. You can donate and buy books. Books for America also sends other forms of education media such as DVDs, music and educational CDs, cell phones, old laptops and digital cameras to libraries in schools, shelters, prisons and more.

3. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

901 G St. NW, Washington, D.C.

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Leave your cash and cards at home. You only need a photo ID to sign up for a D.C. Public Library card to rent from this extensive supply of books. You must attend school, reside, work or pay for property taxes in D.C. to get a card. You can apply for a card online.

4. Big Planet Comics

7315 Baltimore Ave., College Park, Md.

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This next place is so close you can’t give us any legitimate excuse why you won’t check it out. Big Planet Comics is located on Route 1, across the street from the South Campus Commons. If you love fantasy, adventure, graphic art, or your favorite characters, then you’ll have an amazing time exploring the wide variety of superhero comic books here. You’re welcome.

5. Second Story Books

2000 P St., NW, Washington, D.C.

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Since 1973, Second Story Books has grown from a 5,000-book store on its second floor vantage point in D.C. to one of the largest used and rare bookstores in the world. It houses over a million books in all categories as well as collectible manuscripts, maps, ephemera, prints and posters. There’s also a location in Rockville, Md. at 12160 Parklawn Dr.

Happy book hunting!

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