Popular Library

Detail of the Popular Library logo from the book "The Loving and the Daring".


Popular Library

Years in the Paperback Market

1942 - 1982

Head Office Location

New York, NY


Popular Library was one of the early paperback companies that followed the success of Pocket Books. Its founders, Leo Margulies and Ned Pines, were former pulp magazine publishers and the pulp esthetic continued with its paperbacks. Popular Library’s focus was on mystery fiction, but it embraced other genres. It began publishing original paperbacks in 1952. From its beginning as a pulp fiction publisher Popular Library has changed parent companies often, Perfect Film and Chemical (1968-1970), Fawcett Publication (1970-1977), CBS (1977-1982), The imprint was discontinued when the company was sold to Warner Books in 1982.


Bartter, Martha A. "Popular Library." Amerian Literary publishing Houses 1900-1980: Trade and Paperback, edited by Peter Dzwonkoski, Gale Research Company, 1986, pp. 297-298.

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“Popular Library,” The Lesbian Pulp Fiction Collection @ Mount Saint Vincent University, accessed March 1, 2024, https://msvulpf.omeka.net/items/show/823.