Bookshops and Suppliers

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Order books online

Blackwell's is a major UK bookseller, specialising in academic and professional titles. There is a branch in Edinburgh.

Waterstones - There are also several branches in Edinburgh

Hive - Supporting local bookshops. Collection is available from a local bookshop and Hive donates a percentage of sales to your chosen bookshop.

Amazon - Bibliographic details of books often include useful reviews.

Out of print books

If a title is out of print, try one of these specialist search services.

Abebooks - Search 13,000 booksellers selling 70 million books. Includes the facility to limit your search to the UK.

Amazon - Try their Advanced Search.


Try contacting the publisher direct if you cannot find your required book for sale. Publisher sites are also another useful way to identify forthcoming and newly published titles in a particular subject area.


View of rooftops of Edinburgh

Bookshops in Edinburgh

Edinburgh has a wealth of independent bookshops. Many organise events and most offer click and collect or delivery. Look out for student discounts. There are also plenty of secondhand and charity bookshops in Edinburgh.

Below are a selection of Edinburgh bookshops:

Armchair Books - secondhand books

Avizandum - specialist law bookshop

The Edinburgh Bookshop - close to Merchiston campus

Golden Hare Books

Lighthouse Books - Edinburgh's Radical bookshop

The Portobello Bookshop

Topping and Company Booksellers

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Textbook rental and subscriptions

These suppliers can provide rental or subscription access to textbooks.

If you are having trouble accessing a textbook on a reading list, contact your Subject Librarian.