Independent Bookstores in Calgary

Most of us spend a lot of our day reading on computer screens. You’re doing it now! So there’s something just so satisfying about kicking back and reading a physical book. The printed word is alive and well at these independent bookstores.

Pages Kensington

1
1135 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary, AB T2N 3P4

A two-story landmark in Kensington, Pages carries the hottest, new small-press novels and non-fiction books. Also find classic literature titles, foreign translations and kids' books on its main floor. Upstairs genres include travel, poetry, biography and coffee-table art and photo books.

Owls Nest Books

2
815A 49 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 1G8

This an independent bookstore that has been catering to Calgary’s discriminating readers for more than three decades. It offers free delivery within eight kilometre radius of the Britannia Shopping Centre, 30 per cent off bestsellers and a points rewards system for faithful, frequent shoppers.

Monkeyshines Children's Books

3
113-2215 33 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 1Z9

The place to visit if you’re to shopping for children’s books, Monkeyshines carries some of the best new titles. The shop is open Monday to Saturday and also carries titles in languages other than English.

Sentry Box

4
1835 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T3C 0K2

More than merely a bookstore, Sentry Box sells games, miniatures and much more as well. However, if you’re looking for a hard-to-find science fiction or fantasy title, drop in here and chances are, if they don’t carry it, they’ll order it in for you.

Bell's Bookstore & Cafe

5
1515 34 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 2B1

A comfortable café and bookshop located in Altadore, Bell's hot drinks, house-made pastries and sandwiches pair well with a nice novel or good company. Its shelves carry bestselling novels for kids and adults as well as kitchenware, candles and home decor items.

Fair's Fair

6
907 9th Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0S5

Fair’s Fair has five locations that buy, sell and trade gently used books. Done with your books? Take them in and see what you can get for them. Take home some great books at great prices while you’re there.

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