18 July 2019 | 4 min read

Our Guide To Second Hand Bookstores In Delhi


For bibliophiles, retail therapy means hoarding on books. And while we can all collectively agree that browsing through bookstores is our favourite past time {and the thing that gets us high}, there are times when we can’t afford shopping for good books, either from a bookstore or online. Here is where the second-hand books come into the picture. From weekly book markets to old bookstores, there is no shortage of places where you can scout for rare second-hand books. So, if you are yearning to add some more titles to your collection but don’t want to burn a hole in your pocket, check out these second-hand bookstores.

List of Old Book Stores in Delhi

1. Ram Gopal Sharma Sons

Ram Gopal Sharma Sons

That quintessential smell of worn-out books, stacks of shelves with the rarest of books, this second-hand bookstore in Connaught Place is a haven for all book-lovers. You will find everything from magazines, novels, literary classics and plenty of other books to add to your collection.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: (10:00am-7:00pm), Sunday: (Closed)
Address: 44 Shankar Market, Connaught Circus, Connaught Place, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
Price Range: NA
Telephone: +911123412043

2. May Day Bookstore

May Day Bookstore

A lane in Patel Nagar that takes you another dimension {almost} is the May Day Bookstore. With loads of shelves stacked with different genres of books, you can easily spend a couple of hours scouting one dusty book after another to find titles you have always wanted. The owner of the store firmly believes in building a reading community rather than going after profits. That is why this bookstore in Delhi is a perfect place for readers.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: (11:00am-7:00pm), Sunday: (Closed)
Address: 2254/2A, Ground Floor, West Patel Nagar, Shadipur, New Delhi, Delhi 110008
Price Range: NA
Telephone: +911125709456

3. 3L Library

3L Library

Opened in the year 1962, this second-hand bookstore in Delhi is not only the oldest bookstores but also the largest with around 20,000 books under one roof. You can find almost every genre under the sun. And the prices for the books start at as low as INR 40 – 70. Moreover, if you are looking for DVDs of some old movies or documentaries, you will find that here as well.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: (11:00am-8:30pm), Sunday: (Closed)
Address: 49, Defence Colony Market, New Delhi, Delhi 110024
Price Range: ₹40 and above
Telephone: +911124333576

4. Anil Book Corner

Anil Book Corner

It is precisely that – a corner of stacks of second-hand books which you will have to forage through to find something interesting. While you will easily find Danielle Steele and other prominent authors, if you are lucky, you might even find a book on Premchand or J K Rowling’s Harry Potter. And the price starts from as low as INR 50 if you can bargain.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: (10:00am-7:00pm), Sunday: (Closed)
Address: Plaza Cinema Building C Circus, Opposite B Block Metro Station, Radial Road Number 4, Block H, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
Price Range: ₹50 and above
Telephone: +9101123713223

5. Piccadilly Book Stall

Piccadilly Book Stall

A small bookstore in Shankar Market, this place mostly stocks up on books that speak on topics like divinity, mythology, spirituality, and more. Of course, if you are fortunate enough, you will also chance upon rare edition novels and historical books. A small section inside the store is dedicated to people who want to explore different genres.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: (10:30am-7:30pm), Sunday: (Closed)
Address: Shop No.64,Shankar Market, Connaught Circus, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
Price Range: NA
Telephone: +918725003303

6. Jacksons Books

Jacksons Books

A small and rustic bookstore in the lanes of Paharganj, Jacksons Books is a treasure trove of both new and old books. Not only this, but they also stock up on books in 10 different languages. So, if you are looking for books in your native language, you have to hit up this bookstore in Delhi. Strike up a conversation with the owner of the store and tell him what you are looking for, as he will give you rare insights that will pique your interest.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: (10:00am-11:00pm), Sunday: (10:00am-11:00pm)
Address: 5106, Main Bazar Rd, next to medikos opticians, Bharat Nagar, Paharganj, New Delhi, Delhi 110055
Price Range: NA
Telephone: +919899089274

7. Daryaganj – Sunday Book Market

Daryaganj – Sunday Book Market

Only open on Sundays, the Daryaganj book market is the best place to buy second-hand books. With second-hand books starting at as low as INR 40, you will find almost every title here. From coffee table books to rare comics and even boxed sets of Shakespeare and Sherlock Holmes, you will find almost everything here. Since the entire book market is stretch over 1 km, be prepared to walk and carry a bag to keep your books. Also, bring your bargaining game forward to ensure that you get the books at the best price.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: (Closed), Sunday: (9:00am-6:00pm)
Address: Asaf Ali Rd, Chatta lal Miya, Chandni Mahal, Daryaganj, New Delhi, Delhi 110002
Price Range: ₹40 and above
Telephone: +919899089274

Not only these bookstores but when you take a tour of the Capital, you will find many small markets and street vendors selling second copies of bestsellers. So, if you are looking to splurge on books, these places will give you the flexibility of buying 5-6 books (minimum) under INR 1000.


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