Ystwyth Books was established in Aberystwyth in 1977 by Terry and Halcyon Hinde. The building was once 2 houses then an antiques shop, then a wholefood cooperative and can be said to have ‘character’, in other words is showing its age in a (usually) appealing way. It has been described as Georgian with Victorian characteristics. The current owner, Martin Ashby has run the shop since 2007.


We stock a wide range of new and second hand books. We have a particular emphasis on:

  • Welsh literature, language and history
  • Irish literature in English and Irish (from the Dublin School of Celtic Studies)
  • Classical literature in Latin and Greek, and 'classic' literature in Welsh and English
  • Poetry in many languages
  • Wildlife and conservation
  • Art and architecture


We also buy books.from private customers, estates and libraries. The owner can visit throughout Wales given notice. We welcome people bringing books to the shop to sell but it's best to ring ahead!

We also take orders for libraries, schools and individuals.


The comprehensive collections at the National Library of Wales, the University Library, Ceredigion Library and numerous small libraries make Aberystwyth one of the literary capitals of Europe. There are six bookshops for new and secondhand books and numerous charity shop outlets. 18 miles north lies Machynlleth with 3 bookshops and the Museum of Modern Art Wales at Y Tabernacl. So whether you want to view great literary works or buy the latest fiction, Aberystwyth is well worth a visit.