Schooner Books - About Us


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic Schooner Books Store will be closed for regular business hours until futher notice. Please note this is for retail sales only, we will continue to offer all our online services including internet, website, mail orders as well as phone orders (leaves a message if we don't pick up). We can always meet you here if you see a book you want to buy and pick up at the store. Please email or phone us with any questions you may have. Our topmost concern is the safety, health and wellbeing for everyone.


Schooner Books began its existence in a small storefront on Gottingen St. Halifax on Nov. 3, 1975. We started with an inventory of mainly paperbacks on the advice of a more seasoned bookseller who told us there was no future in dusty old hardcovers. Thank goodness our customers felt differently. From almost the first day, we had requests for books we hadn't heard of, subjects & specialties we didn't know existed. That was the real world of used books and that was where we wanted to be. Our customers taught us through their interests and what an education it has been. Throughout the years we have bought & sold so many wonderful books and have met so many interesting people. We have developed specialties in Atlantic Provinces history and literature, early Canadiana, Canadian Art, Canadian Military, Illustrated Books, Fine bindings, Early Children's books as well as a general stock of good used & out of print books on a variety of subjects including Literature, Fine Arts, Philosophy, Science, History, Antiquarian, etc., etc. We try and issue several catalogues a year mainly on Atlantic Province History & Literature. We have been at this location on Inglis for over 30 years and have a select collection of used, rare & op books . We also have a selection of antiquarian maps & prints relating to the Atlantic Provinces.


Schooner Books is located at 5378 Inglis St on the first floor of a big blue Victorian House.Minutes away from downtown Halifax, we are just up from the corner of Barrington and Inglis. We are within easy walking distance from Dalhousie University, NSCAD & Saint Mary's University. The No.9 bus runs right past our front door and we are very close to the Port Campus of NSCAD. Our store hours are Tuesday to Friday 10:00-5:30p.m.; Saturday: 10:00-5:00p.m; closed Sundays, Mondays & Holidays.Summer hours may vary. Please note our times are local; Nova Scotia is an hour ahead of Toronto & Boston.