Support local: 8 independent bookshops to order from over the next few months
For the next few weeks, make sure you're supporting local.
Level 5 is set to be a difficult time for retailers everywhere. Among them are bookshops, all of which will be closed to the public for the next six weeks.
During these times of uncertainty, it's important to support local and support independent. So, if you've found yourself in the market for some light lockdown reading, look no further than these eight independent retailers for your literary needs.
1. Hodges Figgis, Dublin
One of the country's most iconic and long standing bookshops, Hodges Figgis is well worth spending your money in over the next few months. Their stock listing is impressive, so chances are if you want it, they'll have it.
They're also offering free delivery on orders over €50, so make sure to get in touch if you're in the market for some new reading material.
Bad news - chalkboards and rain don’t mix 😔☔️ Call us on 016774754 to avail of the FREE for purchases over €50 delivery offer. pic.twitter.com/hW490voc4P
— Hodges Figgis (@Hodges_Figgis) October 19, 2020
2. Chapters, Dublin
Whether you're looking for something new or something secondhand, Chapters will sort you. With next-day delivery and helpful staff on the other end of the phone, put in an order to sort yourself out for the next few weeks.
Alternatively, you can get yourself a gift voucher to use once the shop reopens, if you'd prefer to have a browse of their countless shelves yourself.
We love to see it. Here's some of our new secondhand stock we recently bought in finally on display (after their two week quarantine, of course). pic.twitter.com/aSdzfxEA80
— Chapters Bookstore Dublin (@chaptersbooks) October 4, 2020
3. Waterstones, Cork
A favourite for Corkonians since 1988, head over to the Waterstones website for a browse if you're in the market for new reads in the Rebel County.
We know #culturenight is different this year but some things can’t be stopped! Our store window has been transformed to celebrate Cork Words: An Anthology of Contemporary Cork Writing ✍️ stop by and see if you can spot any others around the city tonight! #corkwords #irishwriting pic.twitter.com/VmIrSGFLCX
— Waterstones Cork (@WaterstonesCrk) September 18, 2020
4. Kenny's, Galway
Kids books, fiction, non-fiction books, biographies, cookbooks, and history - you name it, Kenny's Bookshop has probably got it.
The Galway store has become a bit of an institution over the years, and their online shop is no different. Selling over one million new and secondhand books, you'll have zero trouble nabbing yourself a few titles.
They've even got thousands of cheap books selling for less than a 5er. Ideal.
A pile of some recent releases.. lots of new books to choose from at the moment! pic.twitter.com/2PUu528O8B
— Kennys Bookshop (@KennysBookshop) October 17, 2020
5. Charlie Byrne's, Galway
The city's largest (and cosiest) independent bookshop, Charlie Byrne's is filled to the brim with fiction, non-fiction, Irish books, international books, children's books, and countless others.
The store sells rare and out-of-print books online too, so if you're looking for something in particular, be sure to give them a shout and see what they've got.
We’re delighted to have some beautiful new releases into the children’s section, just in time for the weekend! From @pjlynchgallery The Haunted Alke to Dara O’ Briain’s Is Anybody Out There, to @propermiss absolutely stunning Savage Her Reply- there’s something here for everyone! pic.twitter.com/Sn8LGSJDid
— CharlieByrne'sBooks (@ByrnesBooks) October 2, 2020
6. Gutter Bookshop, Dublin
Currently offering post-out services on all orders, Gutter Bookshops are closing the doors to both their city centre and Dalkey bookshops this week.
The independent retailer offers customers something a little different, a range of books that you wouldn't usually find in your regular bookshop chain. Worth a suss if you're looking for something new, this lockdown.
Like many small retailers, I'm worried tonight. But I'm more worried about our vulnerable neighbours, our elderly citizens, our frontline health workers. We'll do whatever we need to do to suppress the virus & keep as many people out of ICU & alive as we can. That's our priority. pic.twitter.com/VzsVdaSYoV
— Gutter Bookshop (@gutterbookshop) October 19, 2020
7. Books Upstairs, Dublin
Over 40 years old and still going strong, support Dublin's Books Upstairs by placing an order this week.
Give them a call, an email, or even a DM and they'll get back to you for any queries, questions, or orders you'd like to place.
We're open! Drop in, phone, email or DM us. Whatever suits! We are here (we have brilliant books!) and we are grateful for any support you can give 💕 pic.twitter.com/D1OAv2fz5D
— Books Upstairs (@BooksUpstairs) October 19, 2020
8. Woodbine Books, Kildare
The county's most recognisable independent bookshop, Woodbine Books is bound to have whatever you need - and if they don't, they'll do their utmost to source it for you.
They're currently taking orders through their website, over the phone, or via email.
— Hazel Gaynor (@HazelGaynor) August 26, 2020