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5 Secondhand Bookstores in Halifax That Are Every Book Lover’s Dream

With all the amazing options in town, it’s no wonder that Halifax is filled with bookworms! Not only do book-lovers get to choose from reading at the the award-winning Halifax Central Library and a wonderful variety of locally owned bookstores, the city is also home to some stellar secondhand bookstores!

If you’re a reader in search of a long-lost favorite book, a rare publication, or just looking for some charming and quirky shops to add to your Halifax to-do list, read on for our list of the BEST secondhand bookstores in the Halifax region:


1 – Trident Booksellers and Cafe

1256 Hollis St. – Downtown Halifax

This charming bookshop and cafe at the bottom of Hollis Street in downtown Halifax has been selling both new and used books since 1992. (Not to mention, they make a mean cappuccino!) This is exactly the kind of bookshop you’ll want to cosy up in, regardless of the weather.

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2 – John W. Doull Bookseller

122 Main St. – Dartmouth

Locals know that if you’re looking for a rare book, J.W. Doull is who you want to talk to. One look at the stacks and shelves piled to the ceiling, and you’ll believe that this unassuming Dartmouth shop carries close to 60,000 titles! 

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3 – Schooner Books

5378 Inglis St. – Downtown Halifax

Schooner Books started small, selling paperbacks out of its shop in 1975. Since then, it’s grown to be one of the most beloved local bookstores, specializing in Atlantic history and literature, Canadian military, Canadian art, illustrated books, and more.

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4 – Dartmouth Book Exchange

1187 Cole Harbour Rd. – Dartmouth

With 2,000 square feet of store space and over 2,700 titles in the children’s section alone, Dartmouth Book Exchange is a book-lover’s paradise! Books are meticulously and creatively organized, with categories like the “Contemporary Corridor” and “Paranormal Cave”.

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5 – Dustjacket Books

1505 Barrington St. – Downtown Halifax

Located inside the Maritime Mall in the heart of downtown Halifax, Dustjacket Books carries everything from best-selling paperbacks to rare and out-of-print books. There’s even a small sampling of records and collectibles.

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Happy reading!

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