At Second Glance Used Books

448 Victoria Street
Kamloops, BC V2C 2A7


When you think books, think ‘Second’ first!

Since we opened our store in 1999 we have gathered a solid customer base, many of whom continue to be loyal patrons. If you’re looking for a certain book and we don't have it in stock we’ll take your request and search all the titles as they come in. We have a theory that every book in the world will eventually find its way through our doors and when yours shows up, we will contact you. Some of our customers are pretty surprised when we call and tell them we found a book they wanted in 1999 but to us it's just part of our service.

In spite of all the success we’ve enjoyed our business still occasionally goes to the dogs, at least some of our customers do. Molly and Bentley serve as our greeters and have developed their own loyal client base. Both are generously blessed with a lot of cute and are an integral part of our business. Some folks regularly stop by just to say ‘hi’ to the canine couple, forsaking the people behind the counter. But Robert Redford says he always gets upstaged by dogs or kids so we’re not offended. Speaking of Robert Redford (it doesn’t hurt to drop a name or two does it?) we supplied the books used as props for the movie ‘An Unfinished Life’ and actually managed to find a couple of books that Morgan Freeman requested.

We’re also environmentally friendly. We provide a drop-off point for those fatally injured books that are beyond resuscitation. We send these to a recycler and give them a new lease on life.

But if you really think about it our whole business is recycling. We recycle the printed word.

Books never lose their readability value so buying used is simply good value for the dollar. Cost-conscious readers love our selection and our quality. ‘Used’ doesn’t have to mean ratty. We strive to acquire the best quality ‘used’ we can get and our pickiness is well-appreciated.

We provide ‘Read-alikes’ guides for the convenience of our customers who like a certain author but just can’t wait for that next release. These binders list authors in various genres with similar writing styles. It’s actually amazing how many people now have two, or even three favorite authors based on our suggestions.

Another nice touch is that each of our staff reads different kinds of fiction/non-fiction and when called upon can converse knowingly about the customers’ interests. As well our staff members often select and read a book by a writer that they might not normally read in order to be able to suggest or discuss this author with some familiarity. This requires going that extra measure but when a customer notices that we ‘seem to know every book we have in the store’, it makes it all worthwhile. Our philosophy is simple. Just stock an incredible inventory and have people behind the counter who genuinely care about the person who needs help finding that special book. We’ve worked hard battling bigger stores, parking problems and questionable economic times to become the best little business in downtown Kamloops, if not the country.

If this sounds a lot like shameless self-promotion, it is.

We buy, sell, trade and consign books. We also do appraisals, special orders and search for rare and out-of-print books. Our 3,000 square foot store is home to over 100,000 used books of all types and genres so the odds are good that we have just what you’re looking for. We also carry a fine selection of brand new local interest titles from Western Canadian publishers. We expanded our horizons and began ordering new books for our customers in 2006.

Local writers and artists use our stores as outlets for their work and meeting places for readings or showings. Various churches, schools, the library, the SPCA , Laubach Literacy and the Symphony have benefited through donated books from at Second Glance Books. We are well-represented at local business groups, Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association, Business & Professional Women, BNI, Chamber Member, and WINC. We’re actively involved with many community events like Artwalk, Mainstage, Fringe Festival, Young Authors Conference and Hot Nite in the City to name a few.

Please call us at 1-250-377-8411 or Toll-Free at 1-888-707-8411 or, if you prefer, you can send us an email and we will search our inventory for you.

Source : official website

Opening Hours

Open seven days a week except statutory holidays.



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