Better Books and Bibles store in Calgary

One of my favorite places in this whole city is a particular bookstore, which has not only new books, but also used books, and not only that but also Christian books.  I consider it a Mecca for booklovers and treasure hunters.  Last week I treated myself to a browsing session at their new location.

They are easily accessible on 16th Avenue NW, not too far north of downtown.  If you’re anywhere near Peter’s Drive-In, SAIT or Motel Village, you’re just minutes away from Better Books and Bibles, a couple of doors down from White’s Flowers.  It is interesting that the shop next door to the east, formerly a house, used to be one of the biggest and best used bookstores ever.

You are welcome to bring in used books you no longer want, and with certain titles and authors you can either receive cash for them, or exchange them. In the New Book section, their theme is “Better Books”. They also have a great selection of Bibles, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs. It is also a great resource for church leaders to support the needs of a congregation.

I had a chat with David, the manager, who said that some customers found them through my previous blog post, which is wonderful, and I hope many more find them here!

bannerThe prices at Better Books and Bibles are more than reasonable, and lower than most used bookstores.  Of course I couldn’t leave without a treasure.  I found a copy of  This Day: A Collection of Simple Prayers.  (David gave me a great deal on it since it was my first time in the new store!)  I will be posting a review and some images soon.

Here’s how you can reach the store:

Website and email: (you can send them a message on the contact section of their website)

Phone: (403) 233-2409

Facebook: or

Address: 636 16 Ave NW, Calgary, Alberta   (SEE MAPS BELOW)

(Parking in the back, accessible from the alley)


There are 2 maps below, and a “touched up” Google street view image.

Do drop by and check out the riches of this store and the friendly staff!

contact info & sm map Google street view edited bigger map


  1. Anne

    Love love love this store. Hopefully they will see even more customers coming in as Blessings has gone out of business.

    • Oh, that’s too bad, I didn’t know about that. Thanks for letting me know and for the message, Anne!

  2. Ramona, It was a complete treat to meet you today at Calgary Reads Book Sale. You found an absolute gem of a book too! It would seem we have much in common and I’m thrilled to know about this Christian bookstore. Will definitely be paying it a visit sometime soon. Hope we can keep in touch.

    • Barb! So great to hear from you! I so enjoyed oohing and ahhing over the books at the sale, and it was such fun to have you get excited over the Heart Throbs book. I’m enjoying your blog, especially the bench diaries (and of course your photos taken of the book I bought). Maybe I’ll run into you at Better Books and Bibles one day!

  3. I am an old Sunday teacher ,I’m still woring with youth.I was so sad when I heard about Blessings closing.I praise God to know there is a place that I can shop for Good Books And Bibles.I’ll come for sure to visit.

    • Hi Vernette, I think you’ll like Better Books and Bibles, I sure do! I also teach Sunday school!

  4. Sonia Patrick

    So pleased to find a Christian Book Store again in Calgary ,I travel only by Bus ,are you on a main bus route

    • Hi Sonia, Better Books and Bibles is on 16th Avenue, and you’d have to contact Calgary Transit to find out if it is on a bus line. I hope you get a chance to visit the store. I visit it now and then and enjoy it!

  5. Trish

    Good news! The Better Books and Bibles website saya it is now open on Monday as well! Thank you for this review.

    • That’s great to know, and what a good time of year to visit. Thank you Trish!


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