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50+ Years Of Book Recycling

Our bricks 'n' mortar bookstores are devoted to offering the best selections
we can of used books, movies and music,
but you can also browse for almost all new book titles
and support our bookstores with your orders at

We also provide the ability to browse for streaming audio books
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East Dallas

Lucky Dog Books
10534 Garland Rd.
East Dallas
Dallas, Tx 75218
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Oak Cliff

Lucky Dog Books
911 W. Jefferson
N. Oak Cliff
Dallas, Tx 75208
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  • History
    The first of the bookstores known originally as Paperbacks Plus and later as Lucky Dog Books opened in downtown Mesquite in 1974, but really got their start as a one day a week experiment called Saturday Books in 1973 in Terrell, Texas. Click here to read the beginning of a history that chronicles the early years from 1973-1984 and/or here to read a story that ran in the Mesquite News about our 40th anniversary event and/or here for a feature published in the Sunday, September 8, 2013, edition of The Dallas Morning News with 4 photos including the one below by Kye R. Lee (taken during the Lochwood years on Garland Road before our move to Casa Linda Plaza in the summer of 2017 and our subsequent move to 10534 Garland Road in the summer of 2018).

    Plus: A short video from the Lakewood years.


    Here is a link to the KERA 90.1 FM radio show that aired June 9, 2014, featuring several local bookstores including Lucky Dog Books.

    Oak Cliff News:

    Oak Cliff
    Book Crawl

    Oak Cliff has the most bookstores in Dallas and as part of Independent Bookstore Day on April 27, 2024, we all hosted the 2nd Oak Cliff Book Crawl encouraging a visit to all 5 shops if possible.

    We'd like to thank all of you who came out this past Saturday.

    Here are the 5 shops that
    you can tour in your own book crawl whenever time permits:

    Whose Books at their new location of 512 W. Davis;

    Pan African Connection at 4466 S Marsalis;

    Poets Bookshop in the heart of the Bishop Arts District at 506 N. Bishop;

    Wild Detectives also in Bishop Arts at 314 W. 8th;

    Lucky Dog Books at 911 W. Jefferson Boulevard.

    & SKILLS

    We need folks like you to create/host events at our bookstores in Dallas where we have public spaces/lounge areas.

    Whether ongoing or one time occurences, readings, workshops, chat groups, book clubs, or other sorts of social circles would be welcome

    Things we would especially like to see happen here would include a poetry night, a chess club, and discussion groups around science news or public radio content from KERA-FM, and a young readers book club.

    We have a lot of opportunities right now with many open slots on our weekly/monthly calendar.

    Please drop us an email if you are interested.


    Ann Armstrong, Texas songbird.

    When not on the road with long-time musical partner Steve Hughes,
    teaches beginning and advanced guitar and songwriting to students of all ages at Lucky Dog Books in East Dallas and elsewhere. Listen to her here or wherever you find her playing.

    Jackson Eli CD cover

    Jackson studied music at UNT in Denton, Texas, and teaches students of all ages and interests at Lucky Dog Books in East Dallas and elsewhere. Info? Text Jackson at 214.566.7828

    East Dallas News:

    Tasty Treats
    for Readers

    As part of the 11th annual
    Independent Bookstore
    Day celebration on
    Sat., Apr 27th, 2024
    get a free sample
    bag of tasty cookies
    from the local bakers at
    Wackym's Kitchen.

    While they last.
    Choose from 5 flavors. One bag per person.


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    Younger readers are very important to the bookstores. We want to encourage you to encourage them to read. So keep us in mind as a pretty inexpensive, quieter than average place to spend some time with your child, grandchild, niece or nephew.

    ...AND...we continue to get in amazing collections of books, DVDs, CDs, etc.

    Check out our Facebook page for pictures of some of the recent arrivals.

    Buy A Bookstore?

    We've been doing this for 50 years and are wondering if it's time to let someone else give it a try at one or both locations? A younger couple? A neighborhood co-op? Please click here if you or someone you know may be interested in this.

    Or here to see an interesting variation that we would be glad to entertain.


    We think there are a lot of opportunities for us to work together to benefit neighborhood schools and their students. Here is link to some ideas about this. Please feel free to contact us if you think of other ways we might be helpful.

    Gift Certificates

    We still use good old fashioned paper gift certificates here at the bookstores which provide some advantages over the new fangled gift cards.

    Our gift certificates can be personalized right on them. Their layout includes a log of their usage so that it is always clear what the remaining balance is. And the store locations are shown on them so that your recipient doesn't have to look them up.

    Click the links above to get more details and even purchase some online if you prefer.


    Please be aware that you can give a reader in your life a monthly subscription to the bookstores that will provide them with the number of $5 off Mini-Gift Certificates that fits your budget. And you'll only pay for it each month as it happens through Paypal with the ability to cancel anytime.

    Or consider subscribing to the bookstores today as a way of expressing your committment to their future while enjoying the full value of your participation through the monthly receipt of our Mini-Gift Certificates.

    Start a cafe?

    Each bookstore has room for some sort of cafe. We'd like to find the right folks for each location to get one going. Click here to pursue this idea.

  • Fiction
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  • Paperbacks
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  • Children's Books
  • Sheet Music
  • Comics & Manga
  • Magazines
  • Large Print
  • Audio Books
  • Other Languages

    Also, many new, used, and out-of-print titles by local writers.


    DVD, VHS, Laser...


    CDs, LPs, 45s, 78s, Cassettes, 8-Track Tapes...


    We've compiled a map of Dallas area bookstores past and present that you might like to check out. Let us know of others that should be added.

  • We'd like to thank David Card of Poor David's Pub for being so supportive over the last couple years, helping us get through some really tough spots with the bookstores.

    We've been hearing great live music at his places since he was on McKinney Avenue way back in the '70s and then when he was on Greenville Avenue for many years before he made the move to S. Lamar a very short distance from Southside and next door to Bill's Records.

    We'd like to encourage you to check out his line up and sample some of his performers if you are not familiar with them. There are sure to be some that you will enjoy.

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