Moonlight shone in the windows of the building where all the books were kept. Nestled beside Legends Barber Shop, the unassuming brick storefront was easy to miss. In modest letters, the lit sign read Dartmouth Book Exchange, with a neon open sign above the door. To most passersby, the place was neither remarkable nor inviting. To a select society, who listened to the whispers of friends and followed the store on social media, it was their happy place, a treasure trove for book lovers. The space inside was much bigger than what could be discerned from the outside, and the shelves were exceptionally organized. The women working behind the counter were highly knowledgeable, and supportive of the local craft, and with a little whispered magic, they ensured their customer’s book needs were met. A hidden gem.- Inspired by the description of the teashop in ‘The Witches of New York’ by Ami McKay

Most of our customers have told me at one point or another that Dartmouth Book Exchange is their happy place. Who can blame them? We are surrounded by books. Great condition paperbacks, hardcovers, and trade paperbacks. Teas inspired by classic literature. Even a collector’s edition a time or two. Book bundles, boxed sets, bookmarks, and canvas totes. A treasure trove for book lovers. Friendly customer service is always the utmost priority. It is a great place to visit, wander down aisles, or spend the afternoon on a rainy day. Attending our events is a guaranteed good time, with discussions about local books, their authors, and future projects.

Seasoned customers regularly catch my eye with a smile when they overhear some of the comments made by new customers on their first visit to the store. We never tire of hearing these!

10 of the Most Commonly Overheard  Comments in our Store.

 1- It’s much bigger than I expected from the outside!

2-Boy do they ever have a lot of books!
3- I could spend all day in here!
4- I can’t believe how organized it is!
5- Check it out, they have Blind Dates with Books! Fun!!
6- Wait, they have all their books on a database?

7- This has just become my happy place!
8- I can’t believe how good the conditions are of the books!
9- This is a real hidden treasure trove for book lovers!

10- I will definitely be back!

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Hours of Operation: 

Monday – Friday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday:  10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Please Note: On Storm Days or Holidays, we may have reduced hours or not open at all.

The following Holidays we remain closed: New Years’ Day, Heritage Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

The following Holidays we have reduced hours: Easter Monday, Victoria Day, Natal Day, Christmas Eve and the week between Christmas and New Year’s including New Year’s Eve.  We post our hours for these days the week prior to the date.

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Contact us at: 902-435-1207 or

1187 Cole Harbour Road, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia