Where to Buy and Sell Secondhand School Books in Ireland


May 11, 2019

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Getting the kids back to school and college is an expensive business. In a bid to help save parents money we have researched where to buy and sell second hand school books in Ireland. Some can be ordered online and delivered to your door. And most also offer the option to sell your secondhand school books too.

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Below are a list of online school books sellers who usually sell both new and second hand school books for primary school, secondary school and third level courses.

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Where Can I Buy Secondhand School Books?

The Book Haven

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The Book Haven are a family run specialist school book and educational supplies retailer. You can order new and secondhand school books online or visit one of their 10 stores in Dublin, Kildare and Meath and get everything on your back to school booklist from books and stationery to school bags and pencil cases.

You can choose to pick up you school books or have them delivered to your home.They also offer a selection of third level books too.

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The Shelf

The Shelf is on online school books shop where you can buy new and used primary and secondary school books and have them delivered to your door.

Done Deal

The popular secondhand deals website selling pre-loved items has a selection of primary, secondary and college school books for sale directly from parents.

Tony Clarke School Books

Tony Clarke School Books are based in Limerick and have an online facility offering an easy way to buy and sell your secondhand school books. You can visit their store or have your books delivered nationwide. All orders over €100 get free delivery.

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Adverts.ie have a selection of secondhand school books for primary, secondary and third level for sale directly from parents.


Gumtree.ie have a selection of secondhand books for primary, secondary and third level for sale directly from students & parents.


Booksonline.ie have a facility where you can search by title or author for secondhand text and school books from a large selection of retailers.

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Opening Minds

Opening Minds offer new and secondhand books for sale with up to 40% off if you choose the secondhand school books option.

Secondhand School Books Stores

There are many independent secondhand book stores nationwide who offer secondhand school books for sale. It is best to ask at your local secondhand books store to find out whether they buy and sell second hand school books. A few we know of are:

  • The Book Exchange Galway
  • Joyces Bookstore Galway
  • Midland Books Tullamore & Mullingar
  • Vibes and Scribes Cork
  • Chapters Bookstore Dublin
  • Tony Clarke Limerick
  • Bookmarket Sligo

What Other Options Are There?

Book Rental Schemes

Another good tip for saving money on school books is to check if your school has a book rental scheme. You pay a fee for the year and hand the books back at the end.

Sell School Books Days

If they don’t already do so, you could also encourage your school to have a “sell / buy my school books day” where near the end of the year, parents and children can bring along their school books from the previous year and sell them to children moving up into that class.

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Have your say! Do you buy secondhand school books for your children? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!

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