6 of the best used bookstores in Montreal

Aug 13 2020, 8:25 am

Note: While local parks, shops, and events are reopening throughout the province, Santé Quebec is reminding individuals to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. If you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. If you decide to go out, maintain the two-metre physical distancing guidelines and wear a face covering or mask when in public.


Since Montreal isn’t its regular jubilant, festival-filled self, it might be time to curl up on the couch or under a tree and get lost in a book.

Montreal has a great selection of used bookstores and nothing against Indigo, but there’s so much charm and character in used shops that just add to the magical journey of choosing a book.

So, toss on a pair of your comfiest sweats and get ready to check out seven of the best used bookstores in Montreal.

Word (The)

 

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A popular spots among McGill students, The Word is a tiny second-hand bookshop tucked into the McGill Ghetto.

Specializing in literature, poetry, and philosophy, the cluttered book shop dates back to 1975 and is a great place if you’re looking to bury yourself in a pile of books for a few hours.

Where: 469 Rue Milton
Hours: Monday to Wednesday, 10 am to 6 pm; Thursday to Friday, 10 am to 9 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm; Sunday, closed

Argo Bookshop

 

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Argo Bookshop is as old as it gets for English bookstores in Montreal. Described as the “oldest English-language independent bookstore” in the city, the charming shop was established in 1966.

Despite its small size, the shelves of Argo Bookshop are stocked with thousands of books, including some of the best literary theory books in the city. Park yourself in one of their giant armchairs and get comfy, you could be here a while.

Since the pandemic, Argo offers curbside pickup, shipping, and delivery across the city.

Where: 1915 Rue Sainte Catherine Est
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm; Thursday to Friday, 12 to 8 pm; Saturday, 12 to 6 pm; Sunday, closed

Encore Books and Records

 

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Encore Books & Records is a gem of a shop that features a wide selection of used books, records, magazines, movies, and board games in a cozy little spot in NDG, all very reasonably priced.

The quiet store has a fantastic turnover with regular additions of new (old) books.

It’s admittedly difficult to walk in without buying something.

Where: 5670 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm; Sunday, closed

S W Welch Bookseller

 

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S W Welch is one of Montreal’s literary landmarks.

Known for their special editions and signed copies of classics, S W Welch is a cozy book nook (complete with giant leather couch) in the Mile End.

Just a stone’s throw from the iconic Saint Viateur Bagel, this quaint shop is a perfect spot to double-down on some used books and tasty bagels and coffee.

Where: 225 Rue Saint Viateur Ouest
Hours: 11 am – 6 pm

Librairie l’Échange

 

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At Librairie l’Échange, the choice great, the prices are good, and “there is often something you cannot find elsewhere,” according to their website.

That’s tough to beat.

With an impressive collection of French books and long hours, Librairie l’Échange is always open to book-hungry readers.

Where: 713 Mont-Royal Avenue Est
Hours: 11 am – 6 pm

Concordia Community Solidarity Co-op Bookstore

 

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Anytime a bookstore is connected to a university, you know you’re in good hands. If your hands are looking for good books, the Concordia Community Solidarity Co-op Bookstore has you covered.

The shop proudly offers a viable alternative to the corporate spots and puts students’ best interests beyond the rest.

The not-for-profit co-op has both new and used books, in addition to a wide variety of artisan consignments, gender studies, languages, and so much more.

Where: 5885 Sherbrooke Street Ouest
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 12 to 7 pm; Thursday, 1 pm to 8 pm; Saturday, Monday, 11 am to 5 pm; Sunday, closed

 

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