Winston Smith Books

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⚠️ Update

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe you still need books. We also need to take careful precautions to keep everyone safe.

We are a unique bookstore that provides that magical experience you have when browsing our carefully curated selection of quality used books. During this time, we are doing our best to keep the store alive and well, so we can provide you with the books we know you want.

In-Store Shopping Hours:
Monday – Saturday
10am – 6pm


Message From the Proprietor, Glen

“The future is uncertain, and it won't be easy, but I am confident that with support from those who we know love Winston Smith Books, we'll find a way to get through this together.”

Here's how you can help:
  • Purchase Gift Certificates (see link, below). Gift Certificates act like a no interest loan for the store, make great gifts for any occasion, and take the burden off staff that is working under difficult circumstances with the pandemic.
  • Order books direct to your home from our national warehouse partner at
  • Join our monthly Audiobook program at, with the option of purchasing additional Audiobooks at a discounted price.
  • Purchase discounted Audiobooks and eBooks (without a membership) at
  • Join us on social media for photos of available stock at the store.
  • See the "Donate" button below. If you can afford it, donations are life-sustaining at this time. Government assistance has been promised, but it is uncertain if or when assistance will actually be provided.
call: 530-823-5940
text: 530-830-1823
  • Curbside Pickup
  • Direct to Home Shipping
  • Appointments


Winston Smith Books is a customer-friendly, independent bookstore catering to the literary passions of Auburn residents and visitors.

We offer over 2500 square feet of books on two floors in a wide variety of categories. We stock quality used and out-of-print titles with some new books to help fill in the gaps of our quality used stock.

When you arrive, we will be happy to help you find the treasure you are looking for or leave you to explore on your own. We are always looking to tailor our stock to fit local needs and welcome the chance to buy quality used, rare, or collectible books.

Gift certificates are available.

Please note: We do not maintain an electronic inventory, so we may not be able to immediately answer questions about inventory of specific titles over the phone. 

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