Buy books in our Ottawa Library Bookstores

ReadingWe raise over $250,000 for the Ottawa Public Library annually, with most funds coming from the operation of used bookstores, self-serve bookshelves in library branches, and specialty book sales run by volunteers.

If you’re looking for a book for yourself, or a gift for someone you know, visit the bookstore nearest you and uncover some gently-used (and much-loved) treasures. We receive new donations throughout the week, so visit often for the best finds.

In order to offer you the best selection, we only sell books that are in good condition, and we make an effort not to stock books that are more than ten years old. Our customers keep coming back because we sell recent best-selling novels and non-fiction texts for only a dollar or two!

Friends’ Volunteer Bookstores

The Friends’ Bookshop - Main Library
Telephone: 613-580-2424 Ext. 32346.
Monday - Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: Noon - 4:00 p.m.

Bookends - Beaverbrook branch
Monday - Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Bookworm - Cumberland branch 
Closed between December 18, 2016 and January 6, 2017.
Normal hours resume January 7, 2017.

Telephone: 613-580-2424 Ext. 39896 
Monday - Friday: 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

By the Book - Greenboro District Library
Telephone: 613-580-2424 Ext. 32626
Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Second Editions - Nepean Centrepointe branch
Telephone: 613-580-2424 Ext. 41491
Monday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  

Self-Serve Ongoing Book Sales

These self-serve bookshelves are open during regular library hours. See the Ottawa Public Library website for branch hours of operation.

The Bookery  - Alta Vista branch

Mille Feuilles  - Blackburn Hamlet branch

The Book Mark - Carlingwood branch

Carp Book Corner - Carp branch

Keepers - Centennial branch

Dusty Jackets - Elmvale Acres

Twice Told Tales - Emerald Plaza

The Book Stop - Greely branch

Book Nook - Hazeldean branch

Island Reads - Manotick branch

Second Chance Books - Metcalfe Branch

Déjà Vu - North Gloucester branch

Coral's Corner - North Gower branch

Encore Orleans  - Orléans branch

Browser's Bookshop - Osgoode Branch

Your Books Inn - Richmond branch

Two Stories Bookstore - Ruth E. Dickinson branch

Bibliophile - St. Laurent branch

A Good Read  - Stittsville branch

Sunny Seconds  - Sunnyside branch

Signets Vanier Bookmarks - Vanier branch

Specialty Book Sales

The Book Bar - Main Library
Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Collector’s Corner - Main Library & Nepean Centrepointe branch
Rare and Collectible books available at
The Friends’ Bookshop & Second Editions

By The Book - Greenboro District Library
First Saturday of each month: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Monthly Mammoth Book Sales – held at the James Bartleman Centre (100 Tallwood Drive)

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Monthly Mammoth 
used book sales

at the James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre 
(100 Tallwood Drive)
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


July 23

August 20

September 17

October 22

November 19

December 10