second-hand books | peace and quiet | ponsonby

Upcoming events

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Welcome earthling

We sell quality second hand books and bring people together who are interested in words and creativity. Come take a wander through our seven rooms of books, or sit about and enjoy our free Wifi and sunny courtyard.

Our bookstore is a work in progress. We want to restore it to sufficient commercial success to sustain its future in the Ponsonby community. Spread the word. Come find yourself a thing or two to read. Come to our events. Snag yourself some books selected for you or for your business on subscription. Or hire out the space (non-commercial, book-related things are probably free).


The Geometry | Open Book National Poetry Competition

Read the winning poem and the judges' selection from the 130 entries we received.


Ears Wide Open

Our regular podcast. Interviews with writers, musicians and bookpeople, hosted by Anna Livesey, the Open Book's curator-at-large. Here, and wherever you get your podcasts, every second Thursday. 

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I have books to sell

We are not buying books at the moment. We do gratefully accept donations of all sorts dropped off at the store. If you are near the store and want to talk about a pickup, give us a ring.

I am looking for a particular book

Give us a call or send us email or Facebook message. If we don't have it, we can keep an eye out for it for you.

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Books by subscription

Here's a few of your favourite things. A parcel of two or three books handpicked to your preferences and delivered to your door. For $35 including delivery. My Book Bag we call it.




Contact details

201 ponsonby road, auckland
(opposite Prego, near the intersection with Franklin Road)

open every day 10am-5pm
09 360 1741