7 best independent bookshops in Glasgow: second hand and new bookshops to visit on World Book Day 2022


Supporting independent bookshops in Glasgow is what World Book Day is all about.

Thursday 3 March 2022 is World Book Day in Glasgow.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of World Book Day and what better way to celebrate than by supporting one of the fantastic independent bookshops here in Glasgow.

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Here is a list of some of the best independent bookstores in town.

Aye-aye books

Aye-Aye Books is an independent bookshop in central Glasgow. Not only does it cover all your reading needs, but it also offers an amazing selection of DVDs, music and sound art.

They have an incredible range of publications by and about some of Scotland’s most famous artists. They also have a small collection of limited edition artist books.

The establishment is Glasgow’s only specialist contemporary art bookshop.

Opening time: 11am – 6pm, Thursday – Saturday Address: 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD

Hyndland Bookstore

This independent bookseller has been bringing some of the most radical voices in publishing to the people of Glasgow since 1982.

They have been in their current location since 1997. They are known for selling an eclectic selection of fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and more.

Opening time: 10:00 – 18:00 Monday – Friday, 10:00 – 17:00 Saturday Address: 143 Hyndland Rd, Glasgow G12 9JA

Bookshop Voltaire & Rousseau

This bookstore specializes in the sale of used books.

They stock a wide range of used and antiquarian books on a range of subjects including fiction, classical studies, Scottish history and much more.

In addition, they have a large collection of rare books, manuscripts, maps, records and hundreds of curiosities from Scotland’s past.

Opening time: 10:00 – 18:00 Monday – Friday, 10:00 – 17:00 Saturday Address: 12 – 14 Otago Ln, Glasgow G12 8PB

Calton books

This shop offers a large selection of new and used books.

The store also specializes in t-shirts, badges, flags, scarves, CDs and more. Every product they sell focuses on celebrating the heritage of Glasgow and Scotland.

The independent shop also offers online ordering.

You can have books and merchandising items delivered directly to your home Calton Books website.

Opening time: 11am – 6pm, Wednesday – Thursday, 10am – 5pm Friday – Saturday, 11am – 4:30pm Sunday Address: 159 London Rd, Glasgow G1 5BX

Caledonian Books

This family-friendly bookstore has an extensive collection of books for sale on a variety of subjects.

The store has over 30 years of experience in the industry and caters to all types of readers.

They offer a large collection of out-of-print titles, collectibles, used copies and rare books.

Visit the to learn more about how to buy and donate books Caledonia Books website or call them on 0141 334 9663.

Opening time: 10:00 – 18:00 Monday – Friday, 10:00 – 17:00 Saturday Address: 143 Hyndland Rd, Glasgow G12 9JA

Category is Books

Category Is Books, Independent Queer Bookshop is the only LGBT+ bookshop in Scotland and one of only seven in the UK and was established in 2018.

They stock new and used queer books, magazines, graphic novels, comics, zines and badges.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, they offer to order it especially for you and offer a home delivery service for those who can’t make it to the store in person.

Opening time: 11am – 6pm, Thursday – Sunday Address: 34 Allison Street Glasgow

good press

This independent business is dedicated to the promotion, distribution and production of independently or self-published printed matter.

The owners assure customers that all publications they find in their shop or on their website are either self-published or produced by an independent small press, gallery, group or organization.

In addition to a bookshop, this room functions as an event space, bookmaker’s studio and has its own risograph printer.

Opening hours: 11:00 – 18:00 Wednesday – Saturday, Address: 32 St Andrews Street, Glasgow, G1 5PD


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