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Independent Bookstores in Ontario

NewPages.com guide to the best Ontario indie bookstores

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Bookworms & Co.
  • Bookworms & Co.
  • Unit 40 - 2 Orchard Heights Blvd.
  • City: Aurora
  • Phone: (905) 750-0130
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
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Bookworms & Co. is an indie bookshop in Aurora, Ontario. Featuring a curated selection of books for all ages.

Welcome to Mill Street Books in downtown Almonte. We are a small independent community bookstore. Check out our website.

A shop that is grounded in our community but open to the world. River Bookshop is a community hub, a “Third Place” where people gather and will feel comfortable spending time.

Formerly The Arnprior Bookshop, we are a unique and independent bookstore. In recent years we have expanded, and are now both a general bookstore and children’s boutique carrying ethically sourced and sustainable children’s clothing, newborn to size 10.

  • Ashlie's Books
  • 65 Hastings St. N.
  • City: Bancroft
  • Phone: (613) 332-2946
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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  • Books on Main
  • 368 Main St.
  • City: Bath
  • Phone: (613) 881-0346
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Toys/Games
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We are a locally owned independent bookstore located in Bath’s historic downtown. We offer new books, bargain books, board and card games, as well as local artisan products. Check out our book clubs, game nights, and other events!

  • Village Bookshop
  • 24 Main St. N.
  • City: Bayfield
  • Phone: (519) 565-5600
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Toys/Games
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An independent bookstore located in the heritage village of Bayfield, Ontario. Canadian authors, new releases, bestsellers, children’s, local interest.

  • Forster's Book Garden
  • 266 Queen St. South, Unit 2
  • City: Bolton
  • Phone: (905) 951-1501
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines: Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
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Forster’s Book Garden is an independent bookstore serving the Bolton/Caledon area since 1998. We carry books of interest to all age levels, from blockbusters to more obscure literary titles. With over 15,000 titles in stock, every member of the family will find something for each. For adults, there is fiction, biographies, science and history. For children, there are picture books, novels, graphic novels and curriculum materials. We have unique giftware, games, and puzzles and are always willing to talk books. Special orders are welcome. We also rent the most current and popular videos. Come in for a quiet browse.

Knowledge Bookstore

Knowledge Bookstore is an independent Afrocentric bookstore located in Brampton Ontario that sells African Canadian, African American, Caribbean and children’s books. We also offer Black dolls, greeting cards, DVDs, beauty products, and gift items not readily available in mainstream stores. Knowledge Bookstore is a community space as well as the go to source for parents, writers, poets, artists, and the Black community.

Established 1995-offering general, best sellers, nature, local, and children’s books. Specializing in Canadian authors. Special orders welcomed.

Bookstore in Burlington – Librairies à Burlington

  • Kerr's Corner Books
  • 39 Bridge St. E.
  • City: Campbellford
  • Phone: (705) 653-4335
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Toys/Games
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Let’s Talk Books specializes in new release books, comic books, magazines, greeting cards, and gifts. Special orders welcome. Watch for book clubs and author events.

Curiosity House Books & Gallery

Curiosity House Bookstore & Gallery is an independent bookstore with an emphasis on quality literature for adults and children, programming and author events.

  • Novel Ideas
  • 34 A King St.
  • City: Dryden
  • Phone: (807) 223-3479
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Toys/Games
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The Bookstore

  • The Bookstore
  • 144 Garafraxa St. S.
  • City: Durham
  • Phone: (519) 369-2974
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: Children's, Literary, Metaphysical/New Age, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines: Curiosities, Gifts
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The Bookstore in Durham, operating since 2011, located between Kitchener and Owen Sound, has over 100,000 gently used books, old comics, old magazines, memorabilia, prints, healing stones, crystals, figurines, jewelry, and new and vintage treasures. We may look small on the outside, but once you walk in you’ll be amazed at the selection. A friendly used book store in the heart of rural Ontario, we are the place where satisfied customers send their friends.

Our new space is stocked with new books for readers of all ages. Shop in person or place an order at our website. We offer free delivery anywhere in Centre Wellington and often beyond!

We’re an independent bookshop located in Toronto’s west end (Humbertown Shopping Centre, to be exact). We’ll help you find your next great read!

A vast stock of used and antiquarian books, records, curios and vintage role playing games.

  • Beggar's Banquet Books
  • 126 King St. E.
  • City: Gananoque
  • Phone: (613) 463-8998
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines: Gifts
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Beggars Banquet Books is your independent bookshop in the 1000 Islands, Gananoque, ON with150,000 new and preloved books. We carry fiction and nonfiction for all ages, and are also home to Dragon Records for vintage vinyl & CDs.

  • Fincher's
  • 16 Courthouse Square
  • City: Goderich
  • Phone: (519) 524-6901
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Toys/Games
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We are an independent bookstore, cinema, restaurant, and bar in Guelph, Ontario.

  • Master's Book Store
  • 195 Highland St.
  • City: Haliburton
  • Phone: (705) 457-2223
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
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Situated in The Village Barn in Haliiburton, Ontario, Master’s is a bookstore that caters to a community that goes well beyond the borders of the Haliburton Highlands. With a large mainstream inventory that includes bestsellers, children’s books, cookbooks, hobby, home improvement and gardening books, stationery, cards, maps and gifts, Master’s truly does have something for everyone.

An independent bookstore for the whole family, centrally located on Locke South.

Selling quality new and used books in the International Village, Downtown Hamilton, Ontario.

Family run book shop located in Westdale Village, Hamilton. Brought to you by the folks behind Mixed Media. Beautiful books and ideas.

  • Book Market
  • 144 Prescott St.
  • City: Kemptville
  • Phone: (613) 258-5509
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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  • Fincher's
  • 816 Queen St.
  • City: Kincardine
  • Phone: (519) 396-7012
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Toys/Games
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  • Novel Idea
  • 156 Princess St.
  • City: Kingston
  • Phone: (613) 546-9799
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
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Kingston’s independent bookstore since 1988. Fiction and nonfiction books, including hard-to-find titles by local authors. Also calendars, agendas and day planners, greeting cards and postcards, journals and paper products, magazines and literary periodicals.

Happenstance Books and Yarns offers a unique combination of fiction and nonfiction books for all ages, and the finest in knitting and crochet yarns.

  • Kent Bookstore
  • 15 William St. N. Unit 1
  • City: Lindsay
  • Phone: (705) 328-1600
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts
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New and used books in downtown Lindsay. Independent and family owned since 1993.

Attic Books is one of Canada’s largest antiquarian and second-hand bookstores. We have three floors of books, maps, prints, paper collectibles, such as ephemera and postcards, and eccentric antiques that appeal to readers, scholars and seasoned collectors alike.

City Lights Bookshop is located in the heart of Downtown London, Ontario. We’ve been serving the fine people of the city since 1975. We specialize in a wide range of used books, vinyl, movies, & music. We carry all manner of cultural detritus such as turn of the century sheet music, retro & modern adult magazines, postcards, antique books, memorabilia from various decades, and much more. We are a living collage, crossed with a circus that was frightened by a Dadaist.

Oxford Book Shop Ltd

  • Oxford Book Shop Ltd
  • 262 Piccadilly St.
  • City: London
  • Phone: (519) 438-8336
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
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A General Bookstore founded in 1948 with greeting cards, topographical maps, nautical charts, and office and home stationery.

We are a new book store in downtown Midland. Stop in and let us help you find your next great read!

The Book Wardrobe

We are an independent bookstore that offers a curated selection of fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, young adult reads, cookbooks, health, self-help, and art & photography tomes in a cozy, airy, and pristine-bright sanctuary for inspiration and relaxation.

Bookmarks the Spot opened on November 1, 2006. It is owned and operated by Kristen and Travis Adams. We offer all categories of new books for people of all ages. Special orders are always welcome.

The Book Market is Canada’s largest used bookstore!

Here at Chat Noir Books we strive to be more than just a “top 10” store. We are readers and book lovers. We carry a varied selection of fiction and nonfiction, as well as a small selection of books in french. We have over 8,500 titles in stock everyday, and we also carry a selection of local and regional books and provide a special order service.

Allison the Bookman

Since 1973, three generations of Allison’s have been welcoming browsers from all over the world! We are a full service bookstore in Northern Ontario that loves providing the love of reading with good old-fashioned customer service. With over 200,000 books in stock you’re bound to find your “novel adventure” and if you can’t find it, ask us how we can help with special ordering it for you—new or used!

  • BookLore
  • 121 First St.
  • City: Orangeville
  • Phone: (519) 942-3830
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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BookLore is for people who take life literally! We’re proud to be a Canadian independent bookstore located in Orangeville, Ontario.

Manticore has an amazing atmosphere and a sophisticated selection.

  • Book Market
  • 1675 10th Line Rd.
  • City: Orleans
  • Phone: (613) 824-3198
  • Type: Used books
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  • All Books
  • 327 Rideau St.
  • City: Ottawa
  • Phone: (613) 789-9544
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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  • Benjamin Books
  • 122 Osgoode St.
  • City: Ottawa
  • Phone: (613) 232-7495
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Educational
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Ottawa’s newest bookstore, specializing in academic nonfiction. Buy and sell used books of merit.

Specializing in used, rare, and antiquarian books, we have the largest collection of second-hand books in Ottawa. International shipping available!

Books on Beechwood is an independent, locally owned bookstore that’s been serving the Beechwood area since 1994. We carry a variety of books and gifts and are always happy to special order items we don’t have on our shelves.

Ottawa’s radical bookstore since 1969.

Collectible, rare, and antiquarian books.

We are a fiercely independent bookstore that opened in 1995 in this location. We specialize in knowledgeable staff, quick ordering potential, and a wonderful selection. We love books and you will notice that the first time you walk in. Welcome!

Proud to be your community book shop in Parry Sound since 1988.

New, independent bookstore in Peterborough, Ontario.

A classic, secondhand bookstore with lots to look through and look at.

Established in 1988, we are used bookstore in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

Bookstore and hub of the County. Books; new and old, rare and ubiquitous. A place to wander around and find a few treasures.

A local bookstore at the heart of historic Port Hope.

The Book Keeper is a fabulous indie bookstore centrally located in Sarnia’s Northgate Plaza.

Torn Pages

  • Torn Pages
  • 7314 Hwy 26
  • City: Stayner
  • Phone: (705) 988-3239
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Gifts, Toys/Games
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At Torn Pages, we sell a variety of second hand books. We have all major genres such as fiction, romance, fantasy, science fiction, history, war, children, pre-teen, biographies, western, and many more. For any inquires, feel free to check us out and like us on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Re-Read Used Books is a family owned and operated business located in Stittsville. Computerized inventory, over 20,000 books, over 1,000 DVD/Blu-Rays. On site parking is available.

Stratford’s independent bookstore since 1967.

Real Books for real kids. From tiny tots to to sophisticated teens and everyone in-between. Plus a wide selection of games, puzzles, toys, and music.

  • Jessica's
  • 28 Bruce St. S.
  • City: Thornbury
  • Phone: (519) 599-7361
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Gifts, Toys/Games
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Local independent bookstore serving the Southern Georgian Triangle.

  • Reader's Haven Book Store
  • 10 Bay St.
  • City: Tobermory
  • Phone: (519) 596-2359
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Toys/Games
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Reader’s Haven Book Store is your hometown store, with big city options! At Reader’s Haven, you will find nearly everything you need for your time in the tub, even the lottery if you’re feeling lucky! Open seasonally from April through October.

  • Anansi Bookshop
  • 128 Sterling Rd Lower Level
  • City: Toronto
  • Phone: (416) 363-4343
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's
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The Anansi Bookshop is home to House of Anansi Press titles, as well as children’s and young adult titles by Groundwood Books.

Another Story Bookshop is a progressive bookstore with a comprehensive selection of books for children and adults, all with an emphasis on social justice, equity and diversity.

We are a privately owned and operated business that has been selling, buying, and trading used and new books for over 20 years. We specialize in history, military history, arts, biographies, and the social sciences. We also offer a wide selection of literary works that range from Shakespearian tragedies through classic Victorian novels to modern day teen fiction. Most of our selection of over 50,000 books consists of quality academic and scholarly works, and many are rare, collectible, or specialty items.

Bakka Phoenix Books

Bakka first opened its doors in 1972. The name, Bakka, was taken from Frank Herbert’s DUNE, and means “the weeper who mourns for all mankind.” Since then, the store has changed owners, locations, and even its name (slightly). But what hasn’t changed is our knowledge of, commitment to, and sheer darned enjoyment of science fiction and fantasy. We host tons of author appearances, readings, panels, and offsite events of all kinds. We’re Canada’s oldest SF&F bookstore, and we’re proud to be part of the greater community.

  • Balfour Books
  • 468 College St.
  • City: Toronto
  • Phone: (416) 531-9911
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Art
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Curated selection of art books, photography books, graphic novels, cook books, drama, poetry, crime and mystery fiction. All astonishingly priced in impeccable condition.

Ben McNally Books is a general interest bookstore specialising in history, biography, fiction, poetry, and special orders.

  • BMV Books
  • 471 Bloor St. W.
  • City: Toronto
  • Phone: (416) 967-5757
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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  • BMV Books
  • 10 Edward St.
  • City: Toronto
  • Phone: (416) 977-3087
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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  • BMV Books
  • 2289 Yonge St.
  • City: Toronto
  • Phone: (416) 482-6002
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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  • Book City
  • 2354 Bloor St. W.
  • City: Toronto
  • Phone: (416) 961-4496
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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In 1976 Book City opened its doors to the people of Toronto and has been treating its customers to an eclectic range of books ever since. Toronto bibliophiles must have liked us, or our books at any rate, because thirty-eight years on we have four store locations across Toronto. With our attentive staff, 10% discount on all hardcover titles, a great selection of imported bargain books, and the best Loyalty Card in the business, we hope to stay your neighbourhood bookstore for many generations to come.

Book City is privileged to serve the neighbourhoods of Toronto. With our attentive staff, 10% discount on all hardcover titles, a great selection of imported bargain books, and the best Loyalty Card in the business, we hope to stay your neighbourdhood bookstore for many generations to come.

Book City is privileged to serve the neighbourhoods of Toronto. With our attentive staff, 10% discount on all hardcover titles, a great selection of imported bargain books, and the best Loyalty Card in the business, we hope to stay your neighbourdhood bookstore for many generations to come.

Book City is privileged to serve the neighbourhoods of Toronto. With our attentive staff, 10% discount on all hardcover titles, a great selection of imported bargain books, and the best Loyalty Card in the business, we hope to stay your neighbourdhood bookstore for many generations to come.

Featuring over 2000 plays by Canadian playwrights, the Canadian Play Outlet has been carefully designed keeping in mind passionate theatre lovers, theatre professionals, students, emerging playwrights and those who are new to the vastly diverse and imaginative world of Canadian plays.

Caversham Booksellers is an independent specialised bookshop dealing in mental health: psychology, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, counseling, social work and more.

Cliffside Village Books

Your friendly neighbourhood second-hand bookstore on the Bluffs. We have a large selection of fiction, nonfiction, and antiquarian books.

  • Contact Editions
  • 491 Davenport Rd
  • City: Toronto
  • Phone: (416) 322-0777
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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From First Canadians to African-Canadians, from the Caribbean to Asia, from Adults’ books to Children’s books, we open the door to literary gems from the Canadian Cultural Mosaic.

A diverse selection of books with fantastic prices. Come visit us!

Ella Minnow Children’s Bookstore—great books for kids, birth to teen, and all who love them!

Glad Day Bookshop

Glad Day Bookshop is the first Canadian and the longest surviving lesbian and gay bookstore worldwide. Serving the queer community since 1970, we specialize in offering the widest possible selection of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans literature, both in and out of print, as well as DVD, magazines, and novelties.

Mabel’s Fables is the little bookstore for BIG readers. Since 1988 we have been bringing our readers and great books togetherbecause we’re big readers too!

  • The Monkey's Paw
  • 1067 Bloor St W
  • City: Toronto
  • Phone: (416) 531-2123
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Curiosities
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Unusual 20th-century printed matter, with special emphasis on visual culture; obsolete opinions and technologies; earnest works on highly specific topics; books as artifacts; and pop detritus.

  • Moonbeam Books
  • 335 Jane St.
  • City: Toronto
  • Phone: (416) 901-0832
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: Children's
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Toys/Games
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Moonbeam Books is the destination for the best books and gifts for kids and teens in Toronto’s west end.

Queen Books

  • Queen Books
  • 914 Queen St E.
  • City: Toronto
  • Phone: (416) 778-5053
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Feminist, LGBT, Literary
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
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Queen Books is a general interest community bookshop. We focus on having an inclusive, interesting, and highly curated selection of books for both adults and children. We host all kinds of events from launches to story-times to panel discussions to book clubs. Queen Books strives to be a safe and welcoming space for all book lovers.

Re: Reading is a used book and DVD store which was founded in 2009.

Sleuth of Baker Street

An independent bookstore, specializing in crime fiction. Selling crime since 1979.

We’re an independent book shop featuring a great selection of design books and cool objects.

  • Type Books
  • 883 Queen St. W.
  • City: Toronto
  • Phone: (416) 366-8973
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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Type Books sells great books of all kinds in two very different Toronto neighborhoods. A space for selling books and one for celebrating with authors and readers, Type hosts regular in-store events, including book launches, storytime for pre-schoolers, and two not-for-profit reading-enjoyment programs for school groups: Word-Play and Write-On!.

Type Books sells great books of all kinds in two very different Toronto neighborhoods. A space for selling books and one for celebrating with authors and readers, Type hosts regular in-store events, including book launches, storytime for pre-schoolers, and two not-for-profit reading-enjoyment programs for school groups: Word-Play and Write-On!.

An independent bookstore with three Ontario locations.

  • Wonderworks
  • 496 College St.
  • City: Toronto
  • Phone: (416) 323-3131
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: Metaphysical/New Age
  • Sidelines: Curiosities, Gifts
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Established in 1990 on Harbord Street, WonderWorks offers an eclectic, yet inter-related collection of books, CDs, natural remedies, crystals, jewelry, icons, herbs, incense, candles, journals, tarot and oracle decks, and other creative spiritual tools and gifts that support healing, personal growth, and well-being.

Toronto record store and bookstore combo on Bloor Street.

Blue Heron Books

An independent bookstore is the heart and soul of a community. Blue Heron Books has been proudly serving the community of Uxbridge since 1989.

Words Worth Books

Your local independent bookstore since 1984. Located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Pickwick Books is an independent bookstore located in the Victorian village of Waterdown Ontario. Find rare, antiquarian, gently used, and new books. We offer credit for your gently used books.

Traditional stationery and bookstore specializing in educational materials including curriculum texts.

Biblioasis is a literary press and book shop based in Windsor, Ontario.

Windsor, Ontario’s one and only “house of books.”