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:  www.betterbooksandbibles.com (you can send them a message on the contact section of their website)

Phone: (403) 233-2409

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BetterBooksBibles or www.betterbooksandbibles.com/#facebook

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

(Parking in the back, accessible from the alley)

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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

Better Books and Bibles, a Bookstore in Calgary

UPDATE ON MARCH 1, 2014 – BETTER BOOKS AND BIBLES HAS MOVED TO 636 16 Ave NW.  PLEASE SEE THE POST ABOUT THE NEW STORE, HERE.

“Endeavouring to bring you treasures, both old and new”

I am delighted that there is a new bookstore in Calgary, which is not only new books, but also used books, and not only that but also Christian books. What more could I want?

When Pilgrim Books closed in 2011 after 25 years of business, I was shocked. Weren’t there plenty of people like me who considered it a Mecca for booklovers and treasure hunters? I felt a bit lost, and the more I thought about it, the more I realized it had been my ultimate destination in the city, and I’d miss the women that worked there.

Then I read a blurb in City Light News about Better Books and Bibles, a store that had purchased much of the stock of Pilgrim Books. Yahoo!

The store is easily accessible, at 636 16th Avenue NW, near Peter’s Drive-In, SAIT or Motel Village, a couple of doors down from White’s Flowers. It is full of treasures, as I’d hoped it would be. Robert greeted me as I paid my first visit and he gave me a quick tour. I surveyed the colorful shiny new books in the entranceway, and I found the store filled with cozy nooks and inviting little rooms for various categories. Later, Robert introduced me to David, the manager. I recognized some of my “old friends” and eventually (I was there for over an hour) brought some of them home with me.

The prices are more than reasonable, comparable to the former Pilgrim Books and lower than most used bookstores. Here’s how you can reach Better Books and Bibles:

Website and email: www.booksandbibles.ca , bbookbib@telus.net
Phone: (403) 233-2409

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