Every student can relate to the excitement of opening a book and
getting lost in the novel world which it can create…or quite often
the dread one gets filled with while opening a massive tome of a
proper academia writing which needs to be digested within a
Wouldn’t it make it even better, or just slightly more bearable
(in the second case), if you could have a pleasure of hunting for a
volume in a wild antiquary before galloping through its pages?
Second-hand bookshops are perfect for those booklovers who are
struggling with a post-Christmas credit crunch, winter melancholy,
the beginning of a new semester at university or an upcoming
dissertation, and Edinburgh is brimming with them.
Darting through the West Port, one will find an unusual
combination of places, both sacred and profane, literally… but be
brave for the comfort of a good book is close at hand.
has been the landmark for book lovers for the past twenty years.
The shop provides a wide range of second-hand and antiquarian books
of fiction and non-fiction. Local patriots will find indulgence in
‘the Scottish room’ and those with sensitive ears can get lost in
the underground labyrinth full of sheet music.
To the right, on Lauriston Street, there is “Main Point
Books”. This bookshop is a home to various tomes, from Poetry
and Philoshopy, through Travel and Military, to various hobby
books. Your wallet will seem miraculously bulging, since you can
get as many as three books for £2.00 from the ‘sale’ selection.
The marathon along West Port continues. Just as you pass the
crossroad, you’ll see another oasis for those thirsty for the
splash of more ink on paper. There is a generously stocked
“Armchair Books” and implacably well-organised “Peter Bell Books”.
The final destination or little whistle stop tour is situated on
the quirky Victoria Street. "Old Town Books" specialises
in Art and Architecture. It also boasts an impressive collection of
Scottish prints and maps dating from 1620s.
Enjoy the opportunity of venturing into the magical world of
second-hand bookshops that Edinburgh offers! But remember, chasing
the right tome requires time as well as wide-open eyes and mind.
Nevertheless, once you’ve got it on your lap, you’ll be widely
Agnieszka Gryczkowska, Edinburgh Napier