3642 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver, B.C., V6R 1P1
Map to Store
11:00 - 7:00 daily
(closed Christmas and
New Year's day)
Established in 1985, Kestrel Books is proud to be moving into
its third decade as a knowledgeable, reliable dealer of used books in Vancouver, Canada.
Kestrel carries rare, fine, out of print, and antiquarian books, as well as general inventory.
Our Featured Books and
pages highlight books that are new or rare and prints from first editions.
Located in Kitsilano, Kestrel Books is just west of
near Alma Street and Jericho Beach.
Ruby, the Abyssinian Tabby cat, is the bookstore ambassador. Expect her to greet you as you
enter. She is very affectionate and loves to be touched, so bring the kids.
See a very short video of Ruby.
We are proud to announce that we were given the Silver
Award for Best Used Bookstore in Vancouver in the 2010 Westender Newspaper's
Best of the City awards. A heartfelt THANK YOU to all of you who voted for us.
You make it all worthwhile!
We have over 50,000 titles in stock at the store, some of which
are accessible using the
and Search Books
options on this web site. Or you can browse by category. Our
online database is updated daily. We also have two decades of book selling and book hunting
knowledge, so feel free to call and pick our brains if there is a book you are looking for.
You may order any book listed
on our website through AbeBooks or directly through the bookstore. To order through the
store, just phone us any time during our regular business hours and tell us the book title
and we will arrange the purchase and shipping.
We specialize in the following categories of books:
- New Age
- First Nations
"An unexamined life is not worth living."
Books have been collected as long as they have existed. Roman emperors collected
papyrus scrolls. But mostly, ancient book collections took the form of reference
libraries. The advent of modern book collecting occurred in England in the 16th
century during the reign of Henry VIII . He dissolved the Catholic monasteries
thereby setting in motion an attempt to rescue their records of English history and
literature and in effect the rescuers became the first modern book collectors. A noble
The themes of the collectors of today are many and varied. They range from the most
inexpensive and easily found, such as various editions of popular fiction in paperback
or reprints of children's classics like The Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew to the most
expensive and rare medieval manuscripts, and everything in between. There is literally
a collecting field for any budget and any inclination.