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Daedalus Bookshop

What It Is: A three floor bookshop that has been open for 37 years.  It houses about 120,000 books, all organized into sections such as fiction, drama, political science, history, foreign language, fire, philosophy, etc.  Located just off the downtown mall at the corner of Fourth Street NE and Market Street.

Why It’s Rad: This huge and winding bookshop was not named after the maker of the labyrinth on accident.  I kept taking pictures, but they all look more or less the same, because EVERYTHING IS COVERED IN BOOKS.  It’s not Barns and Nobel–you have to go look for the books you want, nothing is cataloged, and the closest thing to a computer is a battery powered calculator.

Going into this place as a fourth year, I can see at least half of the books I’ve ever had to read during my college career, and for much cheaper than I bought them for, even if I was lucky enough to find them used.  They don’t carry textbooks, but you are guaranteed to find classic readings like Marx, Joseph Nye, Max Weber, Primo Levi, and almost any fiction you would need.  Open seven days a week.

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