Uncharted Books

A used bookstore, event space, and writer's haven in Chicago's Logan Square.

Monday-Friday 1-9
Saturday-Sunday 11-7

Buying books Thursday and Friday 2-6. 

Due to the overwhelming amount of donations and walk-in book sellers, Uncharted Books has had to get pretty strict about its book-buying policies. Here's the basic info.


  • We only accept walk-in book donations and sales on Thursdays and Fridays from 2-6 pm.
  • Uncharted Books is a very small operation with limited staff, space, and funds. If you bring in a book on our buying day that meets our standards of quality and that we believe we can sell, we'll buy it. If it's iffier or a duplicate of a book we already have, we will gladly accept it as a donation. We will not accept -- even as donations -- books that we don't believe we can sell or that do not meet our standards.
  • If we are unable to help you, Open Books takes almost anything as a donation.
  • We are no longer accepting bulk donations.
  • We will not provide appraisals of a book's value nor will we estimate whether or not we would buy a book sight unseen.
  • We will not buy back a book that you have purchased from Uncharted for full price.


The following are some examples of books we usually take or do not take. These lists are not comprehensive, but we hope they provide you with some context before you lug a 40 pound box of books up Milwaukee Ave. and wind up having to lug it all the way back.

Books we love


  • Contemporary literary fiction
  • Books about Chicago or by Chicago authors
  • Trade-bound comics
  • Poetry
  • Women's studies
  • Queer studies -- especially queer young adult titles
  • Books in Spanish


Books we don't accept


  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Textbooks
  • Encyclopedias
  • Condensed books (think Readers' Digest)
  • Severely damaged books -- missing cover, pages falling out, cat peed on it, etc.
  • Books that smell bad
  • "Chicken Soup" books
  • Diet books
  • Computer or tech how-to manuals -- they become obsolete too quickly