5 Secondhand Bookstores in Singapore for Book Lovers

5 Secondhand Bookstores in Singapore for Book Lovers
September 02 15:08 2016 Print This Article

As a writer I find it very hard to not go into bookstores – and even harder to not buy anything. Whenever I come across a second-hand bookstore this problem gets infinitely worse. How can you resist buying a few long-wanted books that are realistically budget-friendly? Well, you cannot.

No matter whether you are just browsing or are actively working on your private library-like collection, these 5 secondhand bookstores are tickets to another world. 

Secondhand bookstores in Singapore: Evernew Book Store

Secondhand bookstores in Singapore

Just across the street from the National Library one finds a little second-hand book heaven. Evernew Book Store is located on the ground floor of the Bras Basah Complex, facing North Bridge Road. Offering a vast selection of books that are no longer in publication, browsing through the aisles will get you stuck on cheap rarities from the past. Besides English and Chinese novels, you can also find art books, comics as well as many textbooks and academic materials.

Secondhand bookstores in Singapore: Knowledge Book Centre

Secondhand bookstores in Singapore

Also situated in the Bras Basah Complex, the Knowledge Book Centre has been running for over 40 years. This independent bookstore is one of the Singapore primary destinations for new and used textbooks and reference guides. Besides that you will also find alleys filled with very affordable novels and rarities. The Knowledge Book Centre will also buy used books from you (if they are in a good condition).

While you’re in the area, why not explore Bugis with our Neighbourhood Guide!

Secondhand bookstores in Singapore: GOHD Books

Secondhand bookstores in Singapore

Tucked away in the Burlington Square, GOHD Books caters to book lovers with an interest in philosophy, history, science as well as religion and politics. Going through the shelves, I found a few books that are worth buying simply because of their magnificent cover art, uncommon bindings and leather-bound antique look. Those with a keen interest in languages can also take advantage of their Greek, Latin, and Sanskrit language lessons.

Secondhand bookstores in Singapore: Books Actually

Secondhand bookstores in Singapore

Opened in 2005 as Singapore’s first independent bookstore, Books Actually is perhaps one of the most popular and well-known stores on the island. However, besides offering the latest of Singapore’s literary scene and hosting regular readings, the store also offers a selection of second-hand books that are worth checking out. And figurines that live in your childhood memories only.

Secondhand bookstores in Singapore: Sultana Book Store

Walking into the Sultana Book Store one is immediately flooded with books. While the aisles have books piled from floor to ceiling, the owner of the store is reading at his desk, which is surround by a hoarder’s castle-like structure made of books, making you wonder how he ever gets out of it. If you pass by, make sure you have enough time, as it might be difficult to come out of the store in less than one hour.

After you’re done getting some books, how about watching a movie in one of these alternative movie theatres?

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