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Independent Bookstores in Nova Scotia

NewPages.com guide to the best Nova Scotia indie bookstores

Independent bookstores in Nova Scotia are sorted by City as you scroll through. If your favorite indie bookstore is missing, please contact us.

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Independent bookstore in Antigonish, NS.

Tattletales Books

  • Tattletales Books
  • 114 Woodlawn Rd. Unit 38
  • City: Dartmouth
  • Phone: (902) 463-5551
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: Children's, Educational, LGBTQ+, Regional, YA
  • Sidelines: Puzzles, Toys/Games
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Tattletales is an independent, family-owned children’s bookstore that has been serving the Maritimes since 1995. We specialize in books for infants, toddlers, children, young adults, and TEACHERS! Our mission is to find the perfect book for every child so they can see themselves reflected, look into the world beyond their own, and imagine possibilities. We support teachers/schools (English and French) with book selection, customized book lists, special orders, and awesome educational resources. Our toy buyers go to great lengths to source out the best, most exciting, unique, quality toys available for home and school.

The Inside Story, Greenwood’s favorite indie bookstore since 1982, is more than just a small-town bookshop. Cozy up by the fire with a good book or meet a friend for a slow stroll through the shop. We are also the only Hallmark gold crown store in the Annapolis Valley.

Agricola Street Books is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We are a used and new bookstore with books for the entire family. All books are searchable on our website. We also have a large selection of journals and greeting cards.

Bookmark II

The best selection of new books for adults in Downtown Halifax where special orders arrive so quickly, we’re after Newton for a new law.

King's Co-op Bookstore

One of the few campus bookstores in the world which is owned and operated by students! We’re also a community bookstore selling new books of all kinds and do special orders and author events in the Halifax community.


  • Woozles
  • 6013 Shirley Street
  • City: Halifax
  • Phone: (902) 423-7626
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: Children's
  • Sidelines: Toys/Games
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A place for and about children.

La Have River Books

Located at the LaHave Bakery, wharfside, we offer a diverse selection of books for readers of all ages. An inviting space to browse and read.

Hand-picked new books for young and old. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young adult, children’s books, and more, all with a strong focus on quality.

  • Lunenburg Bound Books
  • 139 Montague St.
  • City: Lunenburg
  • Phone: (902) 634-3235
  • Type: New books, Used books
  • Specialty: Alternative/Political, Feminist, LGBTQ+, Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines: Calendars, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Puzzles, Stationery
  • Events: Author Signings, Readings
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Lunenburg Bound is an independent, family-run bookstore in E’se’katik (Lunenburg), Mi’kma’ki specializing in progressive nonfiction, contemporary fiction, and nautical books. Used and new books available. We endeavor to promote a diverse range of voices working towards social justice and equality. We think you will find books that will intrigue, challenge, and delight!

Vickery House Books is an indie bookstore located in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. We care all kinds of books from new, used, and rare. We also carry local authors.

  • Mabel Murple's
  • 286 Allen Rd.
  • City: River John
  • Phone: (902) 351-3285
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's
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A seasonal bookshoppe and destination featuring Atlantic Canadian and Canadian literature for all ages.

Shorebound Books, formerly known as The Whirligig Books, Music, & More, is Shelburne Nova Scotia’s only indie bookstore. We specialize in local interest and Canadiana and you’ll find all genres of fiction and nonfiction along with music, movies, games, puzzles, and gifts by local makers.

Locally roasted coffee, in house bakery, light lunch items, locally sourced giftware, used books.

The best used bookstore in Halifax region. Laughing Whale Coffee, children’s programs, writing program, book clubs, Spanish lessons. Come hang out.

The Odd Book has been buying and selling rare and second hand books in the university town of Wolfville Nova Scotia since 1977. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Canada.

  • The Book Shed
  • 372 Highway 3
  • City: Simms Settlement/Hubbards
  • Phone: (902) 789-7689
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Art, Children's, Comics/Graphic Novels, Crime/Mystery, Literary, Metaphysical/New Age, Regional, Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy, YA
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
  • Events: Author Signings, Book Clubs, Readings

The Book Shed is a small, independent bookstore located on Nova Scotia’s South Shore, half an hour from Halifax and Lunenburg, NS. Its shelves will hold everything from children’s books to poetry to books about the natural world – mostly books by Atlantic authors or about Atlantic Canada. Opening June 2024.