SAN FRANCISCO | Adobe Books & Arts Cooperative is a book store, gallery and creative space that’s operated as a volunteer worker owned cooperative since 2013. Prior to this, it was a book store owned and operated by Andrew McKinley, who opened the original Adobe nearby on 16th Street in 1989. Rising rents forced McKinley to close the original store, but local artists banded together to take it over and keep it going as a cooperative.
It’s a small, cute space with a loved-in, homely feel about it. There’s a whole range of books covering almost every topic imaginable, and the volunteers who work there are more than happy to chat about what’s on the shelves and help you find something. It’s not just about books either. There’s a diverse offering including things like vinyl and magazines.
The gallery is at the rear of the book store and provides an alternative space where artists can make momentous decisions in their practice and experiment freely in the company of their peers. Exhibitions activate the space, connect with the neighborhood, and integrate the book store.
If you’re visiting San Francisco, Adobe Books & Arts Cooperative is definitely a place you should check out. Buy a book from here, and you can do your part in helping ensure that the Mission stays creative and artistic, while experiencing a true part of what makes this community tick.
Adobe Books & Arts Cooperative
3130 24th Street
Mon – Fri: 12:00pm to 8:00pm
Sat – Sun: 11:00am to 8:00pm