Idle Time Books is a long standing fixture in the Adams Morgan neighborhood having been in operation since 1981.
Although it’s a small store, Idle Time carries a sizeable selection of quality used, recent and out-of-print books, as well as vintage greeting cards, newspapers, records and CD's. There’s three floors worth of stuff and guaranteed there’s something for everyone!
There is nothing fancy or trendy about Idle Time but if you come here, don’t come with an agenda in mind. Just come to explore and browse – that’s the best way to appreciate this little gem of a bookstore. Wander through the shelves and more times than not, you’ll encounter something quirky that you never knew you wanted but you now just have to have. For me, that was an out of print book on canapé recipes and a handful of science fiction novels (in paperback) for a friend.
Between the bookshelves are plenty of nooks and crannies and comfortable chairs to just plop down into and read. You can spend hours here and if you need assistance, the owner/employees are more than ready to help you find what you need.