Staying in is made better by books. If you’re housebound right now, you can still get your hands on a good read by ordering delivery from a local, independent bookstore in Calgary. It’s an easy way to practice self care and support the local economy in the process. We’ve compiled the information on which stores are offering it and even one that has enhanced its in-person retail experience to minimize the need to be around others.
While Fair’s Fair is not currently offering delivery, it is accepting phone inquiries about its catalogue and will transfer requested books to your nearest Fair’s Fair location to be held for two days. If you’re sending someone out for errands, you can add this to their list.
907 9 Ave. S.E., 403-237-8156 and 104 61 Ave. S.W., 403-255-4011; fairsfair.com
Calgary’s oldest independent bookstore is offering free delivery within the city and books can be ordered online (any delivery fee that appears here will be waived for Calgary orders) or by phone at 403-287-9557. Owl’s Nest boasts a massive catalogue and is beefing up its already considerable supply of children’s books, games and activities to keep kiddos entertained and parents sane.
815A 49 Ave. S.W., 403-287-9557, owlsnestbooks.com
Both Pages on Kensington and The Next Page have closed their storefronts to the public. You can order a delivery from these sister bookstores at no extra charge by purchasing a book online or by phone at 403-283-6655 (Pages on Kensington) and 403-452-6550 (The Next Page in Inglewood). Same-day delivery is usually possible if an order is placed before 3 p.m., and your book can be dropped by your door or in your mailbox. Both stores have extensive selections within fiction, non-fiction, poetry and more.
Shelf Life Books has closed its storefront to the public, but continues to offer its online store with standard shipping rates. Recently, it began offering hand-delivery and shipping-rate discounts on a case-by-case basis. You can inquire by phone at 403-265-1033 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Shelf Life’s motto is “truly independent” and its offerings reflect this — beyond popular titles in fiction, non-fiction and poetry, there are great zines, books on underground music culture, queer culture, feminism and politics.
100, 1302 4 St. S.W., 403-265-1033, shelflifebooks.com