Location
513 2nd Street
Hours
Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10am to 8 pm
Sundays, 10 am to 6 pm
Closed Mondays
Phone
(530) 400-1083
Website
http://logosbooks.wordpress.com/ for updates on upcoming events
Email
logosusedbooks@gmail.com
Owners
Susan and Peter Linz
Opening Day
2010-02-20
Payment Methods
Cash and Credit Cards

Logos Books is a not-for-profit second hand bookstore located in downtown Davis. All profits from the store go to support the charities "Save the Children" and "Doctors Without Borders." Prior to opening as a brick-and-mortar store in 2010, they operated as a small internet business. Since 2000, they have contributed over $45,000 to these two charities as an on-line book business. Since the opening of the bricks-and-mortar store in February 2010 they have been able to donate $43,000 to these charities (to date: April 8, 2012).

They specialize in nonfiction, scholarly, and out-of-print books in areas such as math, engineering, and physics. However, they also offer an array of books in other areas including foreign language, literature, children's books, philosophy, history, and many "bargain books".

Owner, Peter Linz, is a UCD emeritus professor of math and computer science. Susan Linz is a former instructor of French and ESL at Solano Community College and the Davis Adult School.

Logos Books participates in the Second Friday ArtAbout, as well as other activities organized by the Davis Downtown Business Association. Logos also hosts a conversational French group for learners," La Table Francaise", which meets the second Wednesday of the month from 7:30-8:30pm, and a Spanish conversational group, "El Círculo Español", which meets the third Monday of the month from 7:30-8:30 pm. Logos Books has created a poetry series beginning in the Fall and extending throughout the year. There are also occasional book reading by authors in a variety of genres. More information about upcoming events is available on their website/blog: http://logosbooks.wordpress.com/

Logos Books has been fortunate to receive the support of numerous volunteers from the community. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact them at logosusedbooks@gmail.com — they would love to have you be part of the team!

It occupies the space that was previously occupied by Aquarius.

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2010-02-26 16:23:14   My two boys and I stopped here to shop on the second day of business for Logos Books, and we really loved the place. Susan and Peter introduced themselves to us, and they were really friendly and helpful. We picked out a book each, and found them to be reasonably priced. I saw plenty of poetry, and room in the front of the store for a small reading! Davis deserves more used bookstores, so I am pleased that Logos has joined us on 2nd Street. —DrandyJones


2010-03-13 11:01:20   I saw this place a couple of weeks ago and got really excited that there's a used bookstore in town now! I parked the car and walked straight in to check it out... but I didn't make it very far. The owner was sitting at the counter near the back of the store and stared at me as I entered. I smiled and continued in, but he kept staring at me until I finally realized he had something to say to me— he wanted me to leave my purse next to the door (and unattended— it might have been less worrisome if he had offered to hold it behind the counter instead) before I looked at books. I was about to comply, then changed my mind and left, extremely insulted.

My purse is not huge— sure I can fit a paperback in it, as I have before when I go someplace and want something to read— but I am no thief; I've never shoplifted anything in my life! To automatically imply to all women that they are thieves before they have even had a chance to enter the store is extremely insulting. I felt untrusted, judged and... well... insulted. To make matters worse, he wanted me to leave it next to the door on a little shelf where it would be unattended and any passer-by might be able to simply pick it up and walk off with it.

If the shop owner changed their policy and allowed women to keep their personal items with them while they shop, then I might consider coming back here. But as it is, the owner is displaying a complete lack of trust and respect for the women (and men?) shoppers who carry purses/satchels. Personally, that's not an attitude which I feel comfortable supporting with my business. —StephanieStudebaker

  • From my limited experience with that bookstore situation, there's a discount book store that I went to in Berkeley that was all set up for putting your books by the counter. They probably didn't worry much about the hand bags, I guess. A shopkeeper should especially refrain from insult with the small purse. Without my showing respect as a night time cab driver in South Dallas, I could have been killed. I at least greatly reduced my risk by being respectful. —BruceHansen
  • That is a bit strange considering I was in there a few weeks ago and had my large carrier bag on me as I perused books. They didn't say anything to me about it, though I did get the awkward vibe. If only they had music or something playing to cut the tension. —SunjeetBaadkar

2010-05-21 12:19:28   I've purchased a handful of books here for very cheap. Novels are usually two to four dollars and are at least acceptable condition, and frequently are quite good. Logos features a fairly amazing selection of foreign language fiction (French! German! Spanish!). The atmosphere is a bit dry (though I've never been asked to check my bag) and it is difficult to sell a book to them, but I usually stop in and poke around in here when I'm downtown. —bjahern


2011-01-28 13:44:05   Logos is a small bookstore but they have a very interesting selection of books. They often seem to have more varied and off-beat books than the larger bookstores in town. And they have always been polite and friendly when I have stopped in; I think I've even been in with a bookbag without being asked about it or stared at. It is worth stopping by the store if you are in the vicinity. —ToNils


2011-02-20 21:49:03   They were open and celebrating their 1 year anniversary today. It was the first time I've been in here and it is a pretty neat book-shop. —RohiniJasavala


2011-04-20 16:13:02   My favorite place in davis, hands down. They have a ton of rare editions of classic literature that are surprisingly inexpensive. —nqbui89