A bookstore for avid readers and the unusually bookish, for browsers and meanderers, for independent minds and spirits.
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.
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.
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.
Sign up in-store to earn points on every dollar you spend to accumulate in-store credit. Online accounts collect points automatically.
We at Shelf Life Books acknowledge that we are on the lands of the Treaty 7 People:
We also walk in the footsteps of the Metis People from Region 3, Metis Nation of Alberta.