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Where to borrow, buy and donate second-hand english books in Zurich

Compiled from posts on expats-in-zurich yahoo group. Thought it might also be helpful here. Please add if you have any ideas.


Where to buy and donate second-hand english books in Zurich


If you want somewhere to donate your books, or pick up some
bargains, here are my favourites!

Caritas Kunst & Krempel, Birmensdorferstrasse 53, 8004 Zurich
http://rcs.caritas.ch/files/zh/Second_Hand_Laeden.pdf
Small charity shop, two shelves of english books at back of shop, but quick turnover. 3CHF each book. Tram 9 or 14 or train to Bahnhof Wiedikon, cross over road, shop is in the middle of the row of shops

Buecher Brocky, Bederstrasse 4 (entrance via Gutenbergstasse.)
http://www.buecher-brocky.ch/
HUGE second hand bookshop, with whole aisle of Eglish books, prices between 1CHF and 4CHF per book. Tram 6 to Bahnhof Enge or 13 to Enge/Bederstrasse. Head towards the Post Office and you'll see the Buecker Brocky signs.

The Pestalozzi Library (several branches in zurich but particularly the Raemistrasse branch) have a good selection of English books & DVDs
http://www.pbz.ch/index.htm
There is an annual membership of either 30 (2 items) or 45chf (25 items) or you can just borrow for a month for 10chf. Take ID with you. They also have occassional booksales

[Added: 17/12] - The Pestalozzi library is actually on Zähringerstrasse 17, sorry! always get those two streets mixed up! Here's the link http://www.pbz.ch/biblio/hs.htm - there is an annual fee for borrowing, i think it's about 40, or about 25 if you can prove you're a student :-)

The ZentralBibliothek http://www.zb.unizh.ch/ is the combined Zurich and University library. I've never found 'english novels' there, but then again I've never consciously looked (i'm usually looking for journals and academic texts!) There's no cost to join. it's got a nice cafeteria and lots of working spaces, plus helpful staff

Another place for english books is the main Zurich Brockenhaus
http://www.zuercher-brockenhaus.ch/ behind the HB (Neugasse 11). Go to the Second Floor, and there's a whole self of english books. It's more expensive here than the Bruecker Brocky, but it's got newer/better quality books.
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Or you can join bookcrossing.com and release books, track books, trade books, send books through the post.....



I buy many of my books through ebay.co.uk. The postage is a lot better than ebay.com esp. since Royal Mail has option for printed-material - either with airmail or surface mail.

For hardbacks, the Amazon.co.uk market place can be worth it since it's the same price for postage regardless of book.

ricardo.ch often has people selling off their books as well.

This isn't second-hand, but I always check exlibris.ch, weltbild,ch and play.com (free international shipping) for books.


Happy Reading.

Last edited by Nanda; 17.11.2005 at 10:22. Reason: Added more places and updated some others
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Re: Where to borrow, buy and donate second-hand english books in Zurich

I wish I knew that before - I just had a huge pile of books to donate. I offerred them on this forum, but nobody wanted to come and look so I gave them all to a local brockenhaus. Oh well - I'll know next time!!

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Re: Where to borrow, buy and donate second-hand english books in Zurich

Hi,

I googled “English books in Zurich”. and got this message in return. The post was done in 2005 so I wanted to ask if anyone knows if the post is still valid and these places are still selling the books. Please add to it if you’ve come across something new.

I’m looking for drawing and painting books so it won’t be easy to find anyway but I also wouldn’t mind a good novel

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Re: Where to borrow, buy and donate second-hand english books in Zurich

Those places have all been around for a long time, so I'm reasonably sure that they'll still have english books.
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Re: Where to borrow, buy and donate second-hand english books in Zurich

Thanks Nanda

Very useful post.

Last year I sold some novels in English and some children's books (again in English) via this fine Forum. They went like hot cakes.
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Re: Where to borrow, buy and donate second-hand english books in Zurich

Is this still relevant?
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Re: Where to borrow, buy and donate second-hand english books in Zurich

You mean you want us to click on all the links in this Thread to see if they still work. Then we should read the homepages to see if they still buy, sell, lend out English books? And then post a reply?

There must be other threads on here with similar information. A bit more searching might bring up newer ones. "Pile of Books" was very interesting last time I was there. You could check them out too.
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