Normals Books and Records, Baltimore
Books Records CDs Small Press

Welcome to Normals -
a collectively run shop in Baltimore: twenty-four years strong, overflowing with good stuff, and voted "Best of Baltimore" time & again by the City Paper.

We Have Turned 24!

Open 11 - 6 Sunday Through Friday

10 to 6 on Saturday 

Tuesdays Are Vinyl Delirium Days

20% Off All Used Records

Fridays Are Kindles Are For Chuckleheads Day

20% Off All Books!!!

Buying Hours Are Tuesday Through Saturday 12-5, but please call on the day you plan to come in to make sure we're buying that day.  (In these internet days sellers are still at pre-Amazon levels, but buyers not quite.)

Upcoming in store shows!

Sunday, October 19th - Arty Hill (solo gospel country), Jonathan Stone (sublime samba) & Geff Stuibhart (chasing the phantoms of Fahey & Basho).  5pm.  $6 suggested donation.

November 2nd, 8PM - A Night of Poetry with Nathan Leslie & CL Bledsoe.  Nathan Leslie’s seven books of short fiction include Sibs, Madre, Believers and Drivers.  L Bledsoe has published four poetry collections, one short story collection, and six novels, most recently Man of Clay, forthcoming from Main Street Rag Press, and the Necro-Files books.

Sunday, November 9, 8PM - Cigarbox Planetarium (post space-age prog surf!), pulsewidthmod (1 human electro industrial chewy nougat) & Infinity Knives (electronics with stand-up bass & drums).

Sunday, November 16th, 8PM - Haint Blue & Friends

A new media feather in our frayed cap: The New York Times Travel piece "36 Hours in Baltimore"

"Google 'Baltimore used bookstore' and click 'I'm feeling lucky'.  You will be.  The first hit is Normal's Books & Records, one of the best used shops I've ever been to." - HTML Giant

Html Giant Plug & Interview

Check out our exciting maiden voyage into the over-trafficked world of the Blogosphere:
And This Is What We Did Today

Although we've reached the ripe age of 24, which in bookstore years is 70,  we still maintain our shark-like edge, as evidenced by the following accolades:

"Best Used Bookstore...a cultural institution"

2013 Baltimore City Paper Best Of Awards

"Best Used Bookstore" -
2011 Baltimore City Paper Best Of Awards

"Best One Stop Culture Hub" -
Best of Baltimore Magazine 2008

Normal's Is One of the Top Ten Reasons For Baltimore Having The Best Music Scene
Rolling Stone Magazine 2008

"Normal's is my favorite used book shop in town." 
John Waters in Baltimore Sun, March 2008

Best Used Bookstore
Baltimore City Paper Best Of 2009

Best Used Bookstore
Baltimore City Paper, 2007

"Best Used Bookstore"
 Baltimore City Paper, 2006 

"Best Hidden Treasure"
- Baltimore Magazine Best Of Issue 2005

"The gold standard"
- Baltimore Sun Paper Best Used Bookstores, August 13, 2005



Normal's Featured In Sun Paper Vinyl Resurgence Article, June 18th, 2007

425 E. 31st Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21218

(410) 243-6888
Open 11 AM - 6 PM daily

Our buying hours if you have treasures to sell are:  Monday through Saturday, 12 to 5.  We're always looking for Eastern and Western Philosophy, Artist's Monographs, Greek & Roman Classics, Hardboiled Fiction, Metaphysics and interesting and/or contemporary fiction by Robert Aickman,  Paul and Jane Bowles, Bukowski, Beckett, Paul Auster, Haruki Murakami, Cormac McCarthy, Charles Portis, Anna Kavan,  Jonathan Lethem, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Kurt Vonnegut, Roberto Bolanos, Zora Neale Hurston, Jose Saramago etc.

We're also always looking for sweet sweet vinyl.  Especially punk, soul, electronic, psych, latin, african, contemporary and free jazz, experimental and Mrs. Miller.

We "garner & vend" used & remaindered books, CDs, LPs, 45s, new magazines, & small press, as well as hosting performances at the Red Room.

Our stock is very broad & we have a penchant for the obscure & hard to find... drop in & visit us if you can. We buy used stuff--but call before bringing anything in! We are open seven days a week, plus we do mail-order & gift certificates. We now also accept Visa and MasterCard.


We search for books, LPs & CDs
Send us a detailed request and we will search our stock for specific items you want.
Or, visit one of the three places we sell on the internet:

Our items on eBay
Items for auction on eBay
Our items on Discogs
Items for sale on Discogs

Books for sale on Abebooks
"A Mysterious Presence In Waverly"
We aren't your usual anything, figuratively speaking. Probably the best way to experience us is to spend two or three days lurking in our store, dressed as a turk. An easier way is to read this.
"A hotbed of...something."
Performance, publications, and Web linkery - it all starts here. Check out our Red Room performance space! Heaps of Normal's-related projects & publishing ("the Shattered Wig"), and links to the outside world that we want to featured small press & unusual music.


...a taste of Normals
Illustrations throughout are mainly by Dr. Al Ackerman, CASFC.