Safety Measures

  • Please remember wearing masks, and please be mindful of six-foot distancing regulations.
  • Our customers' well-being is our number one concern. Our team is equipped with masks, gloves and a toolkit of sanitizers. We practice safe distancing and will offer you contactless payment as well.


Thank you for your support! Stay safe and well!


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About Us

Globus, an independent bookstore serving San Francisco since 1971, offers a wide-ranging and always changing stock of books on all things Russia. Come and browse $1 bargains to collectors’ volumes of Russian and Soviet classic literature, philosophy and poetry, politics, history, culture, sports, travel and culinary arts, in Russian or a unique selection of English-language books on Russia and former Soviet republics, featuring translations of major literary works, introductory compilations as well as rare gems and bargain books on the subjects from film and opera to WWII history and history of propaganda. A comprehensive collection of children’s books includes fairy tales, nursery rhymes, illustrated books and translated classics in both languages. We will help you to find a book that speaks to you and order hard-to-get authors from Russia or around the world. A treat for book lovers fluent in Russian, language students and general audience.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Globus is actively working with the libraries across the states on completing their holdings for Russian publications, both contemporary and out-of-print. Please contact us if you would like to receive customized lists of the books available for purchase. Institutional discounts apply to large orders.                                                                                                                                                                   
The Globus Books team is well-known on the rare book market for its expertise in first editions of Russian literature, books on the Russian avant-garde, early imprints and travel and voyage books. We accept orders for the search for rare and short-run publications.      
In 1971, Vladimir Azar opened Globus at 332 Balboa street. Passionate about his first language and Russian culture, he ran the store and a small publishing house GLOBUS PUBLISHING HOUSE AND PRINTERS, publishing books by the Russian immigrants who arrived in the United States during the so-called first and second immigration waves (after the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 and during the Jewish immigration from the Soviet Union in 1970-80s.) The publishing house stopped its operation after Globus changed ownership in 1984. The list of books published by the Globus Publishing House is available on our website. 
Veronica Ahrens-Pulawski owned Globus from 1984 to 2018 and won the hearts of San Francisco residents with her dedication to books and literature. 
Currently, Globus continues to serve the book lovers in the Inner Richmond area under the new ownership. Our mission is to bring a new perspective on all aspects of the Russian-language culture to the Bay Area. We strive to provide a unique opportunity to learn the cultural background and shed light on its richness and complexity. We plan to hold book talks and events starting 2020. 

О нас

Магазин книг на русском языке «Глобус» открылся в 1971 году. Первый владелец «Глобуса» Владимир Азар основал при магазине небольшоеиздательство GLOBUS PUBLISHING HOUSE AND PRINTERS, где публиковал книги русских эмигрантов первой и второй волны. Издательство прекратило существование, когда В. Азара не стало. С 1984 года магазин принадлежал Веронике Аренс-Пулавски. В 2018 году магазин снова сменил владельца, но продолжает работу по тому же адресу по улице Бальбоа в районе Иннер Ричмонд.

 «Глобус» предлагает разнообразные книжные новинки, только что вышедшие в российских издательствах:  поэзию, прозу, мемуары, издания, посвященные культуре, истории, философии, религии, искусству, литературе, психологии, медицине, детективы, фантастику, литературу для детей, учебники, словари, справочные издания, собрания сочинений, подарочные издания, миниатюрные книги. 

«Глобус» – один  из немногих книжных магазинов Северной Америки, где можно найти не издающиеся более книги и журналы, редкие и антикварные книги и периодику, изданные до 1917 года, а также издания советской и постсоветской эпохи. Ассортимент магазина постоянно обновляется за счет ценных редких изданий, поступающих из частных коллекций.

Магазин «Глобус» принимает заказы по розыску редких и малотиражных изданий.