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Trade Credit

How does it work?  Bring gently used books to trade in to the front desk of the bookstore and an associate will evaluate your books.


Which books we take is based on two factors: 

(1) condition, and (2) books already in stock.  These are at the discretion of the store staff.


For the books we can use, we give you 10% of the Railroad Book Depot selling price for paperback fiction, romance, science fiction, mysteries and children’s books. The evaluation process typically takes 5-10 minutes.


Once the evaluation is complete, we issue store credit via gift card.


We strongly encourage you to donate any books we cannot use to the Contra Costa County Library, Goodwill, the Salvation Army, or other charitable institutions.



*Buying a book from Railroad Book Depot does not guarantee we will take it back in trade.






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