Updated: Feb 17
Ottawa has a variety of local book stores for you to shop from. You can get new books, used books, rare books and so much more! I'm personally I big fan of shopping for books because I always find new authors and books I want to read.
Barely Bruised Book Club
An Indigenous owned book store located in Sandy Hill with a cozy atmosphere. They’ve got both French and English books for your selection.
Here is their website https://www.ottawabookstore.ca/
Black Squirrel Books
I have been swinging by this book/coffee shop since it opened and have loved it ever since. I loved the way the books were stacked in this shop and the assortment of used books they have. Since COVID started, they have pivoted to take out orders and pick-ups. They have daily book sales over on their instagram stories - you will want to check these out.
Here is their website https://www.blacksquirrelbooks.ca/?q=h
This shop has been open since 1974 and holds an eclectic mix of books. They've got rare books, used books and music sheets. Support this family owned business buy purchasing your next book(s) from here
Here is their website https://www.bookbazaar.ca/
If you've ever walked through the Glebe, you will have noticed this book shop with the large octopus painted outside. It's a woman owned book store that sells all sorts of books. They are offering shipping or pick-up at their shop during COVID.
Here is their website https://octopusbooks.ca/
Singing Pebble Books
This book shop is located on Main Street beside the Green Door vegetarian restaurant. They have a wide selection of books on health and healing, women's studies, philosophy, self help, parenting, psychology, metaphysics, vegetarian cooking, Eastern and Western spirituality. They also carry fiction and children's books. They are open during COVID and also offer curbside pick up.
Here is their website http://www.singingpebblebooks.ca/
Perfect Books is located on Elgin St and has many great books to offer. They are open and offer curbside pick up.
Here is their website http://perfectbooks.ca/wp/
Patrick McGahern Books
This book shop is located in the Byward market and offers used and rare books. If you've ever been in the shop, they have rolling wooden ladders that I love.
Here is their website https://www.mcgahernbooks.ca/
Librarie du Soleil
For those looking for a french bookstore to support, you can find this shop in the heart of the Byward Market. They have been open for over 30 years and have a second location in Gatineau. They have a wide variety of french books.
Here is their website https://dusoleil.leslibraires.ca/
Le Coin du Livre
A Franco-Ontarian book store with plenty of French books for your perusing. This shop is located on Cyrville road.
Books on Beechwood
Books on Beechwood is an independent shop that offers in store shopping, shipping and pick-up on their books.
Here is their website https://booksonbeechwood.ca/
For my Comic book readers, here are a few I have been to in town:
A few other used book stores in the city to consider:
One last used book store is the "Book Store" located at 5525 Dickinson St. in Manotick. I find they have a great selection of books and I've purchased on several occasions. They have a great selection of Canadian novels at the back of the store.
If I'm missing any shops, please don't hesitate to message me or leave a comment.
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