5 best independent bookshops in Manchester: second-hand and new book stores to visit on World Book Day

Thursday, March 3, 2022 marks World Book Day.

World Book Day is a charity event that is held annually in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The day is held annually on the first Thursday of March.On World Book Day children in full-time education are given vouchers to spend on books.

Here are five independent bookshops in Manchester you can visit on World Book Day.

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    EJ Morton Booksellers

    Opening Times:


    Mon - Thurs: 9:30am - 5:30pm

    Sunday: Closed

    EJ Morton Booksellers is an independent, family run bookstore in Manchester.

    The bookshop first started trading 63 years ago in 1959.

    In store they have a dedicated children’s room, where you can find a variety of fun, interactive books, as well as suitable books for children in school subjects like Mathematics.

    You can view the books they offer, and more about the store on their website.


    Address: 6 Warburton Street, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6WA

    Chapter One Books

    Opening Times:

    Monday - Sunday: 10am - 9:30pm

    Combining coffee and sweet treats with reading, Chapter One Books features a cafe in-store.


    The store’s origins are based on how it operates, combining the family’s love of cakes, coffee and books.

    On their website you can view a full menu that features the other savoury food they also offer including paninis and sandwiches.

    Address: 19 Lever Street, M1 1BY

    Manchester Book Buyers

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    Opening Times:


    Mon - Weds: Closed

    Thurs - Sun: 12pm - 4pm

    Reviews on Google are in awe of this Manchester bookstore.

    One review says: “Really good range of books. Some of them are at bargain prices. Highly recommend a visit if you’re an avid reader.”

    Books can start as low as 50p here, and photos on Google reveal a plethora of books available for just £1.

    Address: 1 Church St, Manchester M4 1PN


    Chorlton Bookshop

    Opening Times:

    Mon - Sat: 9:30am - 5:30pm

    Sunday: Closed

    Open since 1983, this bookshop has always been family run, and prides itself on its “calm, friendly atmosphere”.


    Complete with a thriving children’s section, Chorlton Bookshop is the perfect place to visit on World Book Day.

    You can contact the bookshop via email, social media or over the phone if you are unable to visit in-store.

    Address: 506 Wilbraham Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9AW

    Queer Lit

    Opening Times:


    Mon - Sat: 9am - 6pm

    Sunday: 12am - 5pm

    Queer Lit was initially founded because “We, like many members of the LGBTQ+ community, found it difficult to discover literature that best reflected our ethos and queer experiences.”

    The aim was to make LGBTQ+ titles more accessible to readers across the UK.

    Initially, Queer Lit carried around 700 fiction and non-fiction books from some of the world’s biggest queer authors.

    Their programme ‘Free Books For Schools’ has seen them donate over 1000 books, including 250 copies of ‘What’s The Tea?’ By Juno Dawson.


    As well as books, you can buy pins, greeting cards, clothing and more.

    To view the vast range of stock and books on offer, visit their website.

    Address: 39 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LX