8 Unique Bookstores in Lagos
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
You could call it a love affair if you wish but there’s an amazing feeling about reading a good book and not forgetting it. Like Dr Seuss says “the more one reads, the more things one would know”. For bibliophiles, it may be a bit difficult finding original and good books in Lagos. This is partly due to this digital era where traditional bookstores are gradually being phased out, leaving a few scattered across the metropolis. Here are a few of the most unique.
Established in 2004, Terra Kulture is a beautifully designed cultural centre that features an art gallery, a restaurant that offers delightful Nigerian cuisine, an event space, study room and a bookshop, which prides itself on promoting various categories of literature by Nigerian authors. Open from 9am till 10pm every day, the centre also hosts book readings and classes in Nigerian languages. Terra Kulture is located at Plot 1376, Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island.
Established in 1896, CSS Bookshop is recognised as the oldest bookstore in Lagos. Located on Broad Street, it offers an eclectic range of academic books, classics, educational textbooks, contemporary fiction, magazines and children’s books.
The Hub is regularly listed as one of Lagos’ essential bookstores. This is because it has become so deeply woven into the fabric of the city that it is mentioned as one of the must-visit places. The Hub houses a diverse collection of books for both the old and young, from novels (African and foreign fiction) to non-fiction, children’s books, rare titles, art books, classics, as well as signed first editions. Located in the Palms Shopping Mall, Lekki, The Hub is the perfect spot for the enthusiastic reader.
The Jazz Hole
A cosy haven for readers of all ages, The Jazz Hole is a well-stocked bookstore that offers good music and the occasional literary event in an ambient environment. Located on Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, this bookstore comes highly recommended for the ardent reader, and is a sanctuary away from the busy streets of Lagos.
Chelis Bookazine Limited is Nigeria’s leading educational materials supplier. The bookstore supplies premium international educational books, resources and services to the federal and state governments, organisations, other bookstores, schools, churches, teachers, parents and students. Chelis has also helped in the development of both teachers and students across Nigeria.
An excellent spot for bibliophiles, Glendora offers an eclectic range of books from obsolete classics to modern paperbacks, as well as one- of- a kind collectibles including soft copies and limited editions. Situated in Ikeja City Mall, Ikeja, Glendora allows shoppers to browse through its beautiful selection at reasonable prices, before they carry on with other activities in the mall.
Laterna Ventures Limited
Laterna Ventures Limited is a bookstore located on Victoria Island that sells and distributes titles that include Bibles, business books, teaching tapes, children’s books, Christian and educational books, as well as gift items. The bookstore also has books on subjects such as entrepreneurship, information technology, career strategies, leadership, marketing, management, media, motivational, self-help and financial success.
Patabah Books Limited
Patabah Books Limited was set up in 1987 to cater to the needs of book lovers. Over time, the store has become a one-stop shop for everything from books to gift items. Situated on Adeniran Ogunsanya Street in Surulere, Patabah Books’ mission is to nurture creativity, and encourage a thirst for knowledge. Patabah Books is open on Mondays through Saturdays, from 9am.
Founded in 2005 by Adebola Omololu, Debonair is recognised as Nigeria’s first online bookstore. A specialist academic and hard-to-find book title provider, Debonair has since expanded into a multi-channel brick and mortar store called experience centres. Today it holds over two million titles on business, leadership, fiction, comics, architecture, food, pets, as well as Bibles. One is sure to find what one is seeking for at the Debonair Bookstore located on Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba.
The Reading Corner
The Reading Corner is an online bookstore dedicated to the sale of children’s reading materials. With a wonderful collection of fiction, non-fiction, motivational and educational books for children between the ages of 0-14, the major aim of the Reading Corner is to promote a reading culture among Nigerian children, as well as promote young authors and publishers. Located in Ikoyi, the bookstore has on sale educational accessories and toys that children can play with while reading fun books.
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