Secondhand and Antiquarian Bookshops in the UK and Republic of Ireland

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Barnardo_s book shop/ST. ANDREWS/43 Bell Street
Barnardo's book shop  Open at advertised times
43 Bell Street   ST. ANDREWS   KY16 9UR
tel: 01334 479624  web 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00, Sunday 12.00 - 5.00.
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Book Stalls/ABERNYTE/Scottish Antique and Arts Centre
Book Stalls  Open at advertised times
Scottish Antique and Arts Centre   ABERNYTE   PH14 9SJ
tel: 01828 686 401  e-mail  web 
Open:  7 days 10.00 - 5.00.
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The largest collection of antique & art dealers under one roof in Scotland. A selection of stock from Mair Wilkes Books, as well as books on a number of antiques dealer's stalls.

Fewer book dealers than at Doune, although Mair Wilkes of Newport has a fairly large section close to the entrance.  Steven Kelly 22.12.14

Book Stalls/DOUNE/Scottish Antique _ Arts Centre
Book Stalls  Open at advertised times
Scottish Antique & Arts Centre   DOUNE   FK16 6HG
tel: 01786 841203  e-mail  web 
Open:  7 days 10.00 - 5.00.
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Booklore/BLAIRGOWRIE/11 Upper Mill Street
Booklore   Open at advertised times
11 Upper Mill Street    BLAIRGOWRIE  PH10 6AG
tel:  01250 871120 
Open:  Monday - Friday 9.30 - 5.00, Saturday 11.00 - 1.00.
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Second hand books donated by the local community for charitable purposes.Good general stock and a few collectables. Bright modern premises shared with the community office- 'One Voice'. Myra is available on 01250 876729 on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9.30 - 5.00 in her other shop 'The Toy Box' for general enquiries.

Spacious charity bookshop located up a side street to the west end of the town centre. General stock as might be expected, small-to-medium sized. Prices are very reasonable (grouped in bands rather than individually priced) - although they do have a 'collectable' section which has some rather adventurously priced items.  Steven Kelly 11.05.15

Bouquiniste/ST. ANDREWS/31 Market Street
Bouquiniste  Open at advertised times
31 Market Street   ST. ANDREWS   KY16 9NS
tel: 01334 476724  e-mail 
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Very strong on Scottish matters particularly religion and history. Good holdings on these subjects but elsewhere was fairly general.  Chris Harte 17.06.10
Brief visit, but very impressed with the high quality of books in this small shop ... they seem to be very selective in the books they stock ... no rubbish shelf fillers!  Mike 14.09.12
Always interesting stock, more so given its small size. Prices are also reasonable.  Steven Kelly 02.10.14

Errol Car Boot Sale/ERROL/Errol Airfield
Errol Car Boot Sale  Open at advertised times
Errol Airfield   ERROL   PH2 7TB
Open:  Sunday 8.30 - 3.00.
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The organisers have storage containers (the sort that go on the back of articulated lorries) that they lease out to sellers to allow them to permanently keep stock on site. Several of the dealers have turned these into second-hand book "shops" that you can walk into and browse.  Jeremy Briggs 
Not worth the trouble of getting up early to go there. Mostly paperbacks.  TommyG 09.12.11

Hanselled Books/BURNTISLAND/19 Kirkgate
Hanselled Books     Phone before travelling
19 Kirkgate    BURNTISLAND  KY3 9DL
tel:  01592 873323  e-mail   web
Open:  Monday - Tuesday, Thursday - Saturday 10.00 - 3.00, closed in winter. Check before travelling.
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Over 20,000 books in stock covering both fiction and non fiction. We are particularly strong in science-fiction/ fantasy and in Scottish , science, educational, computer and business titles. We also have a diverse range of difficult to find titles. Corner shop consisting of main shop area, back area of about 200 sq ft and basement area.

Also offer a good selection online.  Mark 10.11.12
The hours listed for this shop are not correct. I was there today (Sunday, 8 July) and the shop was double-padlocked at 4:30 in the afternoon. I did not reach anyone when I phoned ahead; it was only a little out of my way. Very disappointing!  Roxann 10.07.18

King_s Bookshop/CALLANDAR/91-93 Main Street
King's Bookshop  Open at advertised times
91-93 Main Street   CALLANDAR   FK17 8BQ
tel: 01877 339449 
Open:  7 days, usually 9.00 - 7.00.
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Large general stock, Scottish books, poetry, history and fine bindings. Garden at rear with plant sales.

Mair Wilkes Books/NEWPORT-ON-TAY/3 St Mary_s Lane
Mair Wilkes Books  Open at advertised times
3 St Mary's Lane   NEWPORT-ON-TAY   DD6 8AH
tel: 01382 542260  e-mail 
Open:  Open: Tuesday - Friday 10.00 - 12.30 & 2.00 - 4.30, Saturday 10.00 - 4.30.
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20,000 books across all subjects but especially, the history of ideas, philosophy and medicine. Scottish literature and topography. A selection of our stock can be found at The Scottish Antique and Arts Centre, Abernyte.

Easily missed on a side-street, a very large and eminently browsable stock in the upper floor of a large detached house. Somewhat reminiscent of Bookcase in Carlisle albeit on a much smaller scale. Prices reasonable for the most part.  Steven Kelly 02.10.14

McLaren Books/HELENSBURGH/22 John Street
McLaren Books  Open at advertised times
22 John Street   HELENSBURGH   G84 8BA
tel: 01436 676453  e-mail  web 
Open:  Thursday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00, and some other days but best to check first.
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Thirty years of trading has firmly established us as the leading dealers in naval, maritime, and yachting books in Scotland. Also books of Scottish interest. Recently reopened and reliably open on advertised days.

A remarkably well stocked shop, specialising in all things maritime. For anything to to with boats, the sea, maritime history, this is the place.  John Butler 12.08.09
I've never visited in person, but bought books via their website. They often have listed rare maritime/naval books which I've struggled to find elsewhere at reasonable prices. Also been able to get discount when buying a bundle and I find their website easy to navigate and browse. They also respond to emails in a timely fashion. Recommended.  Laurence Batchelor 25.01.14
Smallish shop, crammed with good quality specialist stock in great quantity. Very helpful owner. An enjoyable visit, resulting in a couple of good railway purchases. The maritime remit is interpreted pleasingly broadly!  TravellingLibrary 18.07.15

Oxfam Books and Music/PERTH/118 South Street
Oxfam Books and Music  Phone before travelling
118 South Street   PERTH   PH2 8PA
tel: 01738 446790  web 
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Small outlet, similar in scale to the Edinburgh Morningside or Carlisle branch. Good stock nonetheless. Prices reasonable to steep-ish.  Steven Kelly 22.12.14
Small to medium sized shop in the town centre which, while catering for the mainstream reader, has a remarkably wide and good selection of books. Perhaps this is because Perth, despite its size, does not have another second hand bookshop (indeed in 25+ years of visiting I dont remember it ever having a second hand bookshop before Oxfam). I have found some interesting items here in the past and this visit was no exception.  Jeremy Briggs 16.04.15
Typically bright and well organised Oxfam shop with an interesting stock. Prices are generally high, particularly for anything deemed special, with an extravagant £50 price tag not uncommon on glass case items. Was pleased to find a recent history of the War Graves Commission at a more usual Oxfam price of £3.50. Perth has some fine Classical architecture and is well worth a visit.  TravellingLibrary 08.08.15

Oxfam Bookshop /STIRLING/79 Murray Place  
Oxfam Bookshop   Phone before travelling
79 Murray Place    STIRLING  FK8 1AU
tel:  01786 462380  e-mail   web
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 4,.30, Sunday 12.00 - 4.30
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Approx. 5500 books, some vinyl, CDs and DVDs. Specialities: Scottish, Art, Literature, History, and Transport.

Smaller stock than the size of the shop would suggest - with Oxfam's own branded goods taking up a substantial part of the floorspace. However prices are very good by Oxfam's standards.  Steven Kelly 02.10.14
Selling all their stock at 50p apiece at the time of our visit, with a view to closing for a refit mid-August. Rather small stock available.  TravellingLibrary 08.08.15
Back at Stirling on 05/08/16; 24 years on. Popped into the Oxfam shop but couldn't find any non-fiction items to purchase. Sorry.  Chris K. 08.08.16

RGM Books/FALKIRK/Unit 6 The Avenue 165-169 High Street
RGM Books  Open at advertised times
Unit 6 The Avenue 165-169 High Street   FALKIRK  FK1 1DU
tel:  07722 555898  e-mail   web  
Tuesday 10.00 - 3.00, Saturday 9.00 - 5.00, Wednesday - Friday by appointment
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Small but select bookshop in the basement of what looks like a former department store.

River Thoughtful Fishing Books/BLAIRGOWRIE/Old Barn
River Thoughtful Fishing Books  Phone before travelling
Old Barn  Bridge of Cally   BLAIRGOWRIE   PH10 7JJ
tel: 01250 886327  e-mail  web 
Open:  Most days except Monday 10.00 - 6.00.
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A wide selection of second-hand, antiquarian and collectable fishing books,maps and prints. We also keep a small amount of general field sports titles. The shop is right opposite the Bridge of Cally Hotel. We are open most days but please ring ahead if making a special trip. Please ring the bell if the door is shut.

Stirling Books  /STIRLING/18 Maxwell Place  
Stirling Books    Open at advertised times
18 Maxwell Place    STIRLING  FK8 1JU
tel:  01786 461816  e-mail   web   
Open:  Monday - Saturday 11.00 - 4.00
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We currently stock around 8,000 secondhand books in a wide range of categories. Large theology and philosophy section, large natural history section, fiction titles from the 1800's through to current paperbacks and hardbacks. 400 free books currently available.

Broad range, strong on academic titles. Following a recent revamp they seem to have fewer coffee table and 'celebrity' biography type books. Prices reasonable, occasionally on the higher side.  Steven Kelly 02.10.14
Stirling Books may well have 30,000 books in stock, but I'd say only a fraction of that number were out on display in the shop. Very general coverage and rather high prices. Some books currently stickered at £2 and £3.  TravellingLibrary 08.08.15
New opening hours listed on their web site. Open 12.00 to 5.00 Monday to Saturday. Closed on Sunday  booksellerbull 18.07.19
This shop seems to have shrunk since my last visit a couple of years back. The helpful owner/assistant did check on her computer for any titles matching my interest, but sadly little was available.  Wessexman 22.09.19

Strathcarron Hospice Book Shop/FALKIRK/Howgate Centre
Strathcarron Hospice Book Shop  Open at advertised times
Howgate Centre   FALKIRK   FK1 1ON
tel: 01324 620959  e-mail 
Open:  Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.00.
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Situated in the shopping centre in Falkirk town centre. In addition to books, it also sells CDs including audio books, DVDs and printed ephemera. Shop is neat and tidy, everything is categorised and the shelves labelled. Stock is the usual charity shop fare, but if you’re prepared to dig deep you can find some gems. Pricing is on the low side, paperback fiction at £1, hardback fiction at £2.50. Non fiction appears to be priced at £2.50 to £5.00. Friendly staff behind the counter.  Booksellerbull 12.01.19
Surprisingly-located charity bookshop in centre of shopping mall. Standard charity shop books but a wide enough range and reasonably priced.  Steven Kelly 11.11.19