Support local: 8 independent bookshops to order from over the next few months 4 months ago

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.