1302 4th Street SW


Truly independent.


A bookstore for avid readers and the unusually bookish, for browsers and meanderers, for independent minds and spirits.

Store Hours


We are in the store Monday to Saturday from 11-4 to process your ONLINE, PHONE & EMAIL orders for contactless CURBSIDE PICK-UP or FREE LOCAL DELIVERY (some zone restrictions may apply). At this time, we are closed to the public for browsing.

We will be open for BROWSING BY APPOINTMENT starting June 1st. Please call or email us for more info or to book your browsing appointment. Curbside pick-up and free local delivery will remain ongoing.

Our top priority continues to be the health and safety of our staff, customers and community. We appreciate your patience as we adjust our store with this in mind.

Browse our entire inventory, staff picks and curated book lists at store.shelflifebooks.ca. Please email contact@shelflifebooks.ca or give us a call at 403-265-1033 with any questions.

About Us


On the corner of 4th St. & 13th Ave. SW

Come and browse in our lovely bookstore in Calgary’s revitalized Beltline District. You just might find the book you’re looking for, but you’ll also find books that you haven’t seen anywhere else.

We’re devoted to good writing and literature of all kinds: fiction, genre fiction, history, science, biography, philosophy, psychology and more. We also carry art, photography, children's books and graphic literature. Our poetry section is the largest in Western Canada. There's a reading or event happening in the store almost any week of the year.

Be part of the cultural conversation — at Shelf Life Books.


A Community Bookstore

Something is always happening at Shelf Life Books. We host events weekly with local or visiting authors, as well as book clubs, open mics, storytelling and discussion groups. We also support local authors and carry a good selection of their work.


Customer Driven

We take special orders and enjoy talking to our customers about books. Let us know what you're reading or if there's a title we should keep on our shelves. Ask our staff for recommendations or browse our picks online.


Dog Friendly

Customer Loyalty Program

Customer Loyalty Program

Please bring your dog friends in with you while you shop!


Customer Loyalty Program

Customer Loyalty Program

Customer Loyalty Program

Earn points on every dollar you spend to get in-store credit. 


News & Reviews

Customer Loyalty Program

News & Reviews

Check out our reviews and articles of note here.

Contact Us

Do you have a question? Are you looking for a book that isn't in our store? Drop us a line anytime, and we will get back to you with answers!

Shelf Life Books

1302 4 Street SW, Calgary, Alberta T2R 0X8, Canada

(403) 265-1033 Email us: contact@shelflifebooks.ca Event inquiries: events@shelflifebooks.ca Schools & community partnerships: karlene@shelflifebooks.ca

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