Secondhand and Antiquarian Bookshops in the UK and Republic of Ireland

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Alexandria Library /MANCHESTER/247 Wilmslow Road  
Alexandria Library   Open at advertised times
247 Wilmslow Road    MANCHESTER  M14 5LW
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Open:  Monday - Saturday 12.00 - 8.00.
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We have about 5000 new and used books covering a range of genres (both fiction and non-fiction). We have a focus on foreign language books and cultural books (especially Asian and African), and Christian books. We are an independent charity bookshop celebrating the cultural richness of the famous Curry Mile.

Didsbury Village Bookshop/MANCHESTER/(Adjoining Art of Tea Cafe)
Didsbury Village Bookshop  Open at advertised times
(Adjoining Art of Tea Cafe)  47 Barlow Moor Road  Didsbury   MANCHESTER   M20 6TW
tel: 0845 521 3879  e-mail  web 
Open:  7 days 10.00. - 10.00.
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Best, quality used-bookshop in Manchester. Surprisingly large, adjoining relaxed cafe. Best in history, fiction, philosophy, art, children's, poetry, languages, music, mysteries. Run by retired poly sci lecturer who loves good talk. Fair prices, few rare books, no junk.

Veni, vidi, nil vendi. I came, I saw, no sale. Sorry but while I liked the shop and the chaos, I was not impressed with the prices. £3.00 for an average paperback is excessive, when most other secondhand bookshops and almost all charity shops sell them for around half that or less. I hope they can survive with the present pricing but sadly I doubt it.  The Wanderer 26.07.13
I disagree with the last comment, I found the prices to be fair and bought 3 books at what was a good price, the owner is very helpful and the carrot cake is super!  Geoff Martin 14.06.14
I agree with the first comment re pricing but must point out this is well worth a visit for the superb cafe and the range and number of books even if you don't come away with a boxfull.  Norman Davies 05.02.15
On the one hand, lots here, from pulp sci-fi to Folios and First Editions. On the other, cluttered and messy, with books strewn on the floor, paperbacks often grubby and over-priced, sometimes twice the price in an average charity shop. Worth a visit, definitely, but those prices may put you off.  Archy 14.07.16
Friendly owner, relaxed atmosphere but I agree that books prices are steep: eg, books worth £8 are £10-12. Came away with one book.  Johanken 26.04.18

E J Morton/MANCHESTER/6 Warburton Street
E J Morton  Open at advertised times
6 Warburton Street   MANCHESTER   M20 6WA
tel: 0161 445 7629 
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This isn't really a second-hand bookshop, there is a table of second-hand books outside and some more on a table in the back room but in the main the books are new. Having said that it is worth a visit there is a good range of new fiction & non-fiction plus a children's book room, Many of the new books were signed by the author and there were some limited editions, the staff could have been more helpful however. Recommended but not for second hand books.  Geoff Martin 14.06.14
Have visited this book shop on numerous occasions. While it sells lots of new books they have an excellent selection of rare and unusual 2nd hand books hidden away upstairs (if you ask nicely they are available to view). Definitely worth a visit.  Yogibookbear 17.04.15
A very helpful assistant is on hand. Mainly new books with a few popular bargains downstairs and an uptairs room full of older books - lots of travel; ferocious prices. Bought nothing.  Johanken 26.04.18

Emmaus Department Store/ROCHDALE/Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre
Emmaus Department Store  Open at advertised times
Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre  50A Market Way   ROCHDALE   OL16 1ED
tel: 0330 058 4264  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00.
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There is a floor purely of books.

There is a floor purely of books, including lots of fiction and poetry and particularly loads of pulp horror and SF. A load of it is trash but it might be worth some people exploring if heading to the Todmorden and Littleborough shops .  Chris Browning 07.05.19

Empire Exchange/MANCHESTER/1 Newton Street
Empire Exchange  Open at advertised times
1 Newton Street   MANCHESTER   M1 1HW
tel: 0161 236 4445 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.30, Sunday 1.00 - 4.30.
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Secondhand vinyl and CDs plus books, magazines and memorabilia.

Manchester Bookbuyers (was 2nd Hand _ Rare Books)/MANCHESTER/Church Street Market
Manchester Bookbuyers (was 2nd Hand & Rare Books)  Open at advertised times
Church Street Market   MANCHESTER   M4 1PN
tel: 0161 834 5964 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 12.00 - 4.00.
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General secondhand stock but particularly topography and natural history.

Essentially a market stall.  Gerald Baker 
This is a market stall, but when I went there I went there on a Wednesday afternoon (7 Oct) the shutters were down and it looked as if it were closed.  jduster 15.10.09
Fun to rummage and spotted some good review copies. Books have no prices so you have to ask. When I offered a fiver, the ownwer said he would give me five! Enough said.  Ken Bogle 30.09.10
Seems to be more often closed than open, but I managed to find it open on Wednesday afternoon (was closed on 28.9. but open 29.9. around the same time). Not well sorted, but good bargains - mainly a one pound per book shop.  Joachim Duester 05.10.10
Open - and busy - at lunchtime on Friday 19th January 2018. Bit of a Driff Special but the owner knew what he had and where to find it. Condition variable but prices are fair with bargains to be found.  Steven 01.02.18
His business hours seem to be 12-4 so ring ahead first. His better stock is shelved (unmarked - you have to ask the price). On the tables books all mixed, higgledy-piggledy and all cheap. Through being constantly handled they get a bit beat up. Worth a call.  Johanken 26.04.18
Owner was quite rude, implied I could not afford the book I was looking at and I would have to pay for it if I dropped it! As I have never managed to drop any of the first editions that I have I wasn't overly worried. Having said that I won't be going back.  Tracey Gilbertson 03.08.18

Oxfam Bookshop/MANCHESTER/605 Wilbraham Road
Oxfam Bookshop  Phone before travelling
605 Wilbraham Road  Chorlton Cum Hardy   MANCHESTER   M21 9AN
tel: 0161 8817808  web 
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Very good example of its type - for once a good varied selection well worth a look. Avoid the "special collectors items" which are as usual overpriced.  Norman Davies 01.10.10
I do not visit this shop often, I'm from out of town. Well kept, interesting stock; ordinary non-fic History and biogs reasonable at 3.99. But anything a bit special - watch out:an Oxford Historical monograph I wanted (ex library, stamped and stickered) was £25!  Johanken 26.04.18

Paramount Books/MANCHESTER/25-27 Shudehill
Paramount Books  Phone before travelling
25-27 Shudehill   MANCHESTER   M4 2AF
tel: 0161 834 9509 
Open:  FRiday - Sunday
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Shutters down and 'Open Thursday Friday Saturday' painted on the wall (I went on a Wednesday).  Gerald Baker 
A fun and quirky little shop with potted plants and a big sofa. Strong on sci-fi, comics, and ephemera, with a more limited stock covering most topics including history and novels. A bit pricey, but there really is nothing else in central Manchester.  George Marshall 26.10.09
Only saw it from the outside on Wednesday - what I read said "open Friday and Saturday"  Joachim Duester 05.10.10
Closed when I passed on a Tuesday. Sign outside saying Open Fri-Sat-Sun.  Johanken 26.04.18

Sharston Books/MANCHESTER/Unit 15 Wearlee Works
Sharston Books  Open at advertised times
Unit 15 Wearlee Works  Longley Lane  Sharston   MANCHESTER   M22 4WT
tel: 0161 945 8604  e-mail  web 
Open:  7 days 10.00 - 5.00.
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Extremely comprehensive stock, with a book on almost every subject.

This is a very large warehouse on two floors just off the main road. I spent just over two hours there and only managed to look through British topography and architecture. Prices are also very reasonable.  Graham Eastwood 
Situated on an industrial estate just off the M56, most books are mainly to be found in the large building although others are in portakabins sited outside. There can be either hours of searching the thousands of titles or a brisk walk around observing little for the collector. Either way, it's worth a visit.  Chris Harte 15.02.10
This is the best used bookshop in Greater Manchester, but the serious bibliophile or collector should ask to see the `internet section' upstairs. They have there sequestered thousands of quality books (at somewhat higher prices).  Jay Kennedy 11.05.10
Certainly packed with huge numbers of books and agree WAD. There are however problems with book storage and condition, particularly in the walk in shipping containers. Best selection definitely upstairs which can be seen on request.  Norman Davies 01.10.10
Well worth a visit. Massive selection on all subjects (not exactly my thing, but if a shop has a space for a whole shelf labelled "Marilyn Monroe biographies" then you know they have a lot of books). Came away with a £60 stash of books, which would have probably cost us double if bought in most secondhand shops - some real bargains.  M&O 17.08.12
Dusty, cluttered gem of a place. All topics catered for and reasonably priced. Ivy growing through the roof, tight squeeze into SF section but I always find buried treasure here.  Rosie Gamgee 10.11.12
A bizarre piece of Mancunian eccentricity, the likes of which I had thought had long gone (I must make a return trip just to check out that it is real, and that I wasn't dreaming). Yes, its stuffed full of books, but the Internet Section appears to have creamed off anything that is interesting or of value to the real collector, leaving the main shop with a stock that the devil himself would have trouble shifting. The very helpful and quaint staff wouldn't be out of place in an Alan Bennett play (apart from the fact they're on the wrong side of the Pennines) and the shop itself might be described as an overgrown Hobbit hole (I would suggest that overweight customers would do well to go on a diet for a few days before visiting). Im sure, if you're looking for reasonably priced, bog-standard books you'll be in heaven here, but Im afraid I really didn't find anything, apart from its entertainment value, that would make me want to go back.  Nicholas Pendower 12.02.14
Don't make my mistake, their loo is staff only, not for customers. I got an embarrassing telling off for using it.  Rosie Gamgee 12.08.14
It was five years since my last trip. Stock improved a good deal since then. Allow two hours to do a thorough reccy. 5-6,000 on line books which I was able to look through. Good bargains to be had on the ordinary shelves but lots of poor stock as well. Assistant very helpful. Converted warehouse about 6 miles S of Mcr city centre in a light industrial area.  Johanken 26.04.18

Shudehill Book Centre/MANCHESTER/34 Shudehill
The Shudehill Book Centre  Open at advertised times
34 Shudehill   MANCHESTER   M4 1EZ
tel: 0161 839 0376 
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General stock of secondhand hardback and paperback books as well as magazines.

It's like a disappointing fair ground ride: huge signs all the way up the front of the building promising 'Manchester's Number One Book Shop' quicken the pulse but inside its just a dark dank ground floor of well thumbed porn mags and a few sad remainders.  George Marshall 26.10.09
As George Marshall wrote a year ago: mostly porn magazines, porn videos and a few paperbacks.  Joachim Duester 05.10.10

Talisman Books  /STOCKPORT/Unit 4 Business Court  Rear 32 Buxton Rd  High Lane  
Talisman Books    Phone before travelling
Unit 4 Business Court  Rear 32 Buxton Rd  High Lane    STOCKPORT  SK6 8BH
tel:  07523 236850  e-mail
Open: most days 11.30 - 4.00, ring or e-mail first
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Mixed stock of around 2000 books, 50p to £50 generally. Lots of ordnance survey maps. Cookery, Terry Pratchett, Stephen King, collectables. Modern 1st editions. Books wanted, please ring or email. Lots of stock on abebooks under Talisman Books. Most of this in the unit.

Small shop but well laid out with very varied stock. Prices are fair and owner is friendly. Well worth a visit.  The Wanderer 09.01.09
Lovely little two-storey shop, in very picturesque setting. Prices are good - and stock is suitably eclectic. Very friendly owner - can recommend highly.  Steve 10.05.12
Charming, friendly little shop with stock over two floors - mainly non-fiction upstairs. Strong on local history and topography with lots of maps. Worth a visit.  Steven Kelly 30.01.16
Change of address! The Marple Bridge shop is closed.  Flip M 29.07.17