O'Connell's Bookshop, Adelaide

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A third-generation family business, with a vast range of all kinds of books. Specialising in the rare and unusual.

Established in 1957 by Reg O’Connell and now run by his grandson, Benjamin, O’Connell’s Bookshop is Adelaide's Oldest Secondhand & Antiquarian Bookshop, with a huge range of all kinds of books, including an extensive selection of classics, popular fiction, fantasy/sci.fi., art, history, Aboriginal, military, Australiana, music, philosophy, ‘Beat’ writers, children’s, first editions, occult, esoteric & attractive Folio editions.
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  • I always enjoy my visits to O'Connell's Bookshop. Every visit is a new literary adventure. Sounds cheesy but it's true. Love it there.  more »
  • I called the shop and spoke to the owner of the business asking to give me a quote or a price of a book that I was interested and he was rude, pathetic and very arrogant. Terrible service and very ang...  more »
  • Went here to look about and found quite a good selection available within many genres and spent about and hour here. Owner was very helpful and good for conversation too.  more »
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  • My favourite book store in Adelaide. It has a great selection of second hand and new books on any topic or genre you could want and good prices. You could spend a while just looking at all of the display books they have throughout. If you ask nicely you can also pat Oscar the store dog which is the real reason I visit.
  • Probably the best and most well established used bookstore in the city, stocking a truly excellent selection of books people actually want to read! The staff are friendly and helpful, and the general ambience is really nice, basically exactly what you want a second hand bookstore to feel like. I would and frequently do recommend this place to anyone!
  • Amazing, and interesting range of books here. Pricing from simple little dollar reads, to antique book rarities! Easy to miss, but you don't want to, you can spend hours pacing through the oddities that make up their great collection. Highly recommend setting aside a couple of hours to stop past.
  • Great bookshop. One of my first stops whenever in Adelaide.
  • Super place.found a great Egyptian book,great price. Would love to spend a entire day just looking.

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