This World Book Day, support your local co-operative bookshop! Here’s our round-up of the UK. Have we missed any? Let us know in the comments below, or email [email protected].
Clevedon Community Bookshop Co-operative
27-29 Copse Road, Clevedon, Somerset BS21 7QN
Owned and run by local volunteers and others with a passion for literature, they receive and sell quality second-hand books, both adult and children’s, fiction and non-fiction. They also offer a book-finding service, book repair and binding, free WiFi, refreshments and a varied programme of courses and events.
Crediton Community Bookshop
100 High Street, Crediton, Devon EX17 3LF
This co-operative is the only independent community-owned bookshop in the Mid-Devon and Exeter area, and stocks “a wide range of books you want and books you don’t know you want!” It has a wide range of children’s books, cards, its our own gift tokens and can supply bulk orders for schools and book groups, too.
George Street Community Bookshop
14-16 George Street, Glossop SK13 8AY
Established in 2018, this second hand bookshop is owned and run by the community, with a huge stock including fiction, collectibles, local interest and children’s literature. It also posts a regular podcast, In the Bookshop, and a blog for staff and members to recommend books.
c/o Letterbox Library, Unit 151, Stratford Workshops, Burford Road, Stratford, Greater London E15 2SP
A non-profit driven workers co-operative, Letterbox is a children’s bookseller celebrating equality and diversity. It was started in 1983 by two single mothers operating from home, who wished to provide multicultural and non-sexist books for children – offering essential topics and titles which were sadly neglected by mainstream booksellers. Every book they sell has been approved by its independent volunteer readers who include teachers, librarians, early years staff, childminders, parents and, of course, children themselves.
Malvern Book Co-operative
2 St Ann’s Road Malvern Worcestershire WR14 4RG
Malvern Book Cooperative is a local independent, community owned, ethical bookshop, selling a wide range of new books and book-related gifts. There is also a small cafe.
News from Nowhere Bookshop
96 Bold Street, Liverpool L1 4HY
News From Nowhere Radical & Community Bookshop has served Liverpool, the north west, and beyond, with the best in radical literature since 1974. It’s run on a not-for-profit basis by News From Nowhere Co-operative – a women’s collective of five permanent, paid bookshop workers.
189 Portswood Road, Southampton SO17 2NF
October Books, founded in 1977, is a not-for-profit co-operative radical neighbourhood bookshop selling general popular fiction, non-fiction and children’s books, alongside our traditional range of specialised radical books and magazines. Its specialty areas are social issues, adoption, humanities and political issues and over the years, it has expanded its range to greeting cards, organic and fair-trade foods and green household items.