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Atomic Collectables/BELFAST/25 North Street
Atomic Collectables  Open at advertised times
25 North Street   BELFAST   BT1 1NA
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tel: 07582 757614  web 
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A small collectables shop with a lot of paperbacks, children's annuals and comics amongst its stock which I was in earlier in 2011.  Jeremy Briggs 12.01.12
If you've been here before, they've now moved down the street to number 25 but are still going strong  Tinman 10.10.19

Belfast Books Limited/BELFAST/112 York Road
Belfast Books Limited  Open at advertised times
112 York Road   BELFAST   BT15 3HF
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tel: 028 9075 1466  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday & Saturday 10.00 - 4.00.
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Sci-Fi, Troubles books, politics, fiction,Doctor Who, horror. Opened November 2014. A work in progress as we expand to first floor.

Small but bursting at the seams with books the previously internet-only Belfast Books is relatively new as a shop and they were reorganising their shelves when I was there so their layout was still evolving. An impressive selection of children's novels and a lot of Doctor Who books were the most obvious sections at that time with the large crime section in the process of being reorganised. Near the Grove Wellbeing Centre there is plenty of free parking nearby either in York Road itself or in North Queen Street. One to keep an eye on.  Jeremy Briggs 09.04.15

Bookfinders/BELFAST/47 University Road
Bookfinders  Open at advertised times
47 University Road   BELFAST   BT7 1ND
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tel: 02890 328269 
Open:  10.00 - 5.00 Monday - Saturday.
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Modern first editions, poetry, literature and history.

As its address suggests, this is close to the campus of Queen's University, Belfast, and is much frequented by students. As well as a small, but interesting, selection of secondhand books, it boasts a cafe which sells much better food than your run-of-the-mill Waterstone's/Border's, etc. and at a much lower cost!  Geoffrey Warner 


Very civilised combination of a bookshop with a coffee shop. Haunt of well fed aesthetes! Good for academic texts and course books. Mary Denvir also keeps a good Irish section and excellent literary books.
  Aidan O'loan 

Keats _ Chapman (was The Bookstore)/BELFAST/21 Lower North Street
Keats & Chapman (was The Bookstore)  Open at advertised times
21 Lower North Street   BELFAST   BT1 1LA
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tel: 07939 315434 
Open:  Monday to Saturday 11.00 - 5.00.
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The stock is well organised, with some unusual items and good on local subjects. The prices are very fair. William and Lisa say they will still keep their book stall at the St. Georges covered Market which opens on Fridays 8.00 am to 1.00 pm.  Aidan O'loan 
A long narrow, medium sized shop in a busy location in Belfast city centre. On entering the shop looks quite chaotic with bookshelves to the ceiling, in which books are often double shelved, in addition to several layers of books on the floor in places but, once you are used to the layout, The Bookstore can prove to be somewhat of a treasure trove at times with its wide selection of subjects.  Jeremy Briggs. 15.01.08
Now renamed Keats & Chapman but still in the same place with the same insane quantities of book  Tinman 10.10.19

No Alibis Bookstore/BELFAST/83 Botanic Avenue
No Alibis Bookstore  Open at advertised times
83 Botanic Avenue   BELFAST   BT7 1JL
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tel: 028 9020 1261  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday -Friday 10.00 - 5.00.
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This is a specialist Bookshop selling, as the name implies, new crime fiction. Small section of collectors' items and books of local interest.  Aidan O'loan 
Although still strong on crime & thrillers, No Alibis has diversified. It now has children's, poetry and books of local interest. Also academic titles for the local University students. Almost all of its stock is New rather than secondhand. It hosts many book-related events.  Paul Harvey 29.07.13

Oxfam Bookshop/BELFAST/33 Botanic Avenue
Oxfam Bookshop  Phone before travelling
33 Botanic Avenue   BELFAST   BT7 1JG
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tel: 028 9033 3040  web 
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Virtually opposite Botanic Railway station and just over the road from the War On Want bookshop, the books that used to share a shop with furniture on the Dublin Road have broken free and now have their own smart shop. Fitted out to the same high standard as the central Belfast Oxfam bookshop the shop, it has a medium sized selection of books covering a variety of subjects. The smartness of the shop means that it lacks something of the character of the War On Want bookshop opposite but the pairing of them makes the 10 minute walk from the city centre worthwhile.  Jeremy Briggs. 30.09.08
Has taken over the next door shop and knocked through the wall so it is now twice the size and has an impressive selection of titles.  Jeremy Briggs 12.01.12

Oxfam Bookshop/BELFAST/35 Ann Street
Oxfam Bookshop  Open at advertised times
35 Ann Street   BELFAST   BT1 4EB
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tel: 028 9032 0527  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.309.30 - 5.30.
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Oxfam's first separate bookshop in Belfast, this small shop is just around the corner from the bus and taxi ranks of Bridge Street. Slickly laid out and very well organised, you would be forgiven for mistaking it for a normal bookshop with a range of excellent condition second hand books to appeal to the general public.  Jeremy Briggs 27.03.08
Oxfams smaller Belfast bookshop has moved from Rosemary Street to larger and better located premises in Ann Street near one of the entrances to the Victoria Square shopping centre. Well laid out and well stocked when I was there, each person in the group that I went into it with came out with one or two items (books, DVDs & vinyl) and everyone thought that they had got a bargain.  Jeremy Briggs 09.04.15

War on Want NI/BELFAST/24 Botanic Avenue
War on Want NI  Open at advertised times
24 Botanic Avenue   BELFAST   BT7 1JQ
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tel: 028 9024 7773  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.30 - 4.30.
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Secondhand charity bookshop specialising in antiquarian and irish books. Also stocks books on religion, biographies, hobbies, travel, geography, history, horror and sci-fi as well as paperback novels and childrens' books.

Run by large team of very friendly volunteers who each work on different days. Very wide selection of second hand books including unusual items. Prices are very, very cheap, some spectacular bargains.  Aidan O'loan 
Beside Botanic Railway station this small to medium sized charity bookshop looks for all the world like a normal secondhand bookshop. Set in the university area of Belfast it has a higher than usual percentage of reference books, but retains the variety of other book types. Busy yet welcoming, it is worth the walk from the city centre.  Jeremy Briggs 27.03.08

War on Want NI/BELFAST/370-374 Upper Newtownards Road
War on Want NI  Open at advertised times
370-374 Upper Newtownards Road   BELFAST   BT4 3DY
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tel: 028 9067 3350  e-mail  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.30 - 4.30.
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Secondhand charity bookshop specialising in antiquarian and irish books. Also stocks books on religion, biographies, hobbies, travel, geography, history, horror and sci-fi as well as paperback novels and childrens' books.