Alice’s Bookshop

Fine, Rare & Secondhand Books

Bought & Sold

Alice’s Bookshop is a traditional, slow-bookshop, established in 1986.

For 30 years we have bought and sold books of merit.

Alice’s Bookshop is a general secondhand bookshop, with approximately 18,000 books housed in four rooms on the ground floor.

While we stock books on most subjects, there is a strong emphasis on literature, music, the arts, history, philosophy, psychology, gardening and children’s books. We also have a fine collection of first edition literature, signed, and antiquarian books.

Browsers, thinkers, readers, dreamers – all are welcome.

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“The love of learning, the sequestered nooks
And all the sweet serenity of books”

–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Photo: Kevin Rabalais

Come visit

Alice’s Bookshop,
629 Rathdowne Street,
Carlton North, Melbourne,
Victoria 3054 Australia

Phone: +61 (0)3 9347 4656


Opening Hours:
Monday – Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 11am-5pm

We are open most public holidays except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

Location: Alice’s Bookshop is located about 3km north of Melbourne city centre. It forms part of the charming Rathdowne Village, with its excellent cafés, restaurants, and boutique gift shops.

There is ample free parking near the shop (restrictions apply).

Visitors arriving by foot, by bicycle or by public transport are particularly treasured.

Sell or Donate Your Books


By appointment only. Please call or email us to see if we are buying, and, if so, what we are presently looking for.

We buy quality books across a wide range of areas. (See Our Story section above)


We accept most books, in readable condition, most of the time. Textbooks and computer books excluded.

“A cool of books
will sometimes lead the mind to libraries
of a hot afternoon, if books can be found
cool to the sense to lead the mind away.”

–William Carlos Williams

Photo: Kevin Rabalais

About the proprietors

Luke Terbutt and Selina Braine are the new owners of Alice’s Bookshop, having taken over from Ellen and Joshua Boyd Green since June 2015.

Luke has been a bookseller for over 20 years. He is considered, by many, to be both an advocate and example for the collecting and hoarding of books. Amid the digitisation of everyday life, he is a firm believer in the longevity of reading on the printed page.

Selina is an Artist, secondary school Art and Design Teacher, and bookseller. She is interested strongly in visual culture, cooking, and gardening. Her attention to detail and creative flair can be found in all the pretty nooks of Alice’s.

Colporteurs, chapmen, traffickers and fossickers they are proud to be assuming the mantle at Alice’s.


Interview with Sacred Trespasses

Watch Shelved? — A short documentary about the future of small bookshops in Melbourne by Lukas Meintjes