Vancouver Bookstores

No doubt when you’ve told someone you work in a library the other person has exclaimed, “You must love books!” As librarians we know that our jobs involve more than just books, but reading continues to be an enjoyable pastime for many of us. As a dedicated bibliophile myself,  I have visited many of Vancouver’s bookstores and here are some of my favourite shops to visit.

Pulp Fiction Books

Pulp Fiction
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Pulp Fiction Books has three locations (Main St., Commercial Drive, and W. Broadway) and overall has upwards of 80,000 books to browse and buy with a good selection of fiction and non-fiction. They add hundreds of books to their shelves each day and sell many of their books at a discounted price. See here for locations and hours.


The Paper Hound

Paper Hound
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A modest but well-curated bookshop located along “Book Row” (a cluster of book shops in the same vicinity in downtown Vancouver) I have been particularly impressed in their collection of philosophy, psychology, and sociology books. They have a fun blog where they post book covers and commentary.

344 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2V6


MacLeod’s Books

Photo Credit: Cherry Archer

Also in the “Book Row” is the legendary MacLeod’s Books which Maclean’s magazine dubbed “the last great bookshop.” It’s messy, haphazardly organized, but brimming with all sorts of used treasures (I purchased a signed G.K. Chesterton book there a few years back for $40). Famous visitors have included Guillermo del Toro, Umberto Eco, and Barbara Kingsolver and it has also appeared in the TV series Fringe. With such a vast collection, you’re sure to find an enticing title (or ten).

455 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1V2


The Regent College Bookstore

Regent Bookstore
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One of the great things about studying at Regent is that the college has one of the last remaining theological bookstores in North America. Here you’ll find new and used books, focusing especially on theology, spirituality, and biblical studies, with thousands of titles sold at a discount.

5800 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 2E4

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