Books Upstairs


Dublin Store 17 D'Olier Street, Dublin, 2, IE


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  • Books on Irish culture, history and society.
  • Café with a stunning window and view.
  • Selection of secondhand books.

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Dublin’s oldest independent bookshop was founded in 1978. Friends, Maurice Earls and Enda O’Doherty, opened the bookstore with a mission to support the positive role of books in society and particularly in Irish culture. They stocked the shop with books focused on literature, history and politics, and the underrepresented areas of philosophy, literary criticism, psychology, feminism, and gay literature. After several moves, today the bookshop occupies a beautiful Georgian building and is under the stewardship of Maurice’s daughter Louisa along with Mary McAuley.

Books Upstairs features a series of interconnecting rooms over three floors in two adjoining buildings filled with books. Upstairs there is a light-filled café with a beautiful original window overlooking D'Olier Street, on the other side of the building there is a recently added section dedicated to a selection of secondhand books.

"Dublin's oldest independent bookshop."