About us

The Book Exchange is a well loved secondhand bookstore & coffee shop. We have a selection of baked goods & quality books on offer as well as a comfortable space to relax in.  The bookstore was established back in 1982. Many years later the store went through a major refurbishment & re-opened in July 2015. The Book Exchange was then sold to a local in November 2016 who has added her own touch to the place. We are so pleased our community has an old school space to enjoy the finer things in life, being great books & wonderful coffee.

We source our coffee beans from Mt Atkinson Coffee & t leaf T provide our delicious range of loose leaf teas. We sell Charlie's & Phoenix organic juices in store as well as a range of smoothies and iced drinks.

Although we specialise in secondhand books, we also have a selection of DVDs, CDs, vinyl records, jigsaw puzzles and magazines. We also stock FRANK Stationery. The journals, notebooks & diaries we we have on offer are seconds (you'll find minor imperfections if you look hard enough) & so are heavily discounted.

With plenty more ideas being thrown around (including live music, poetry readings & market stalls) make sure you keep an eye out for the new goings-on at your local bookstore & coffee shop on the cutest corner in Glen Eden.


Bring in a book and exchange it for another of the same quality & genre for 50% off the marked price.

*Conditions do apply - Not all books are available for exchange. Exchanges are at the discretion of the shop attendant. We reserve the right to refuse your exchange.


This cosy little space is filled with friendly characters, so curl up with a book and a cuppa and the clouds will soon pass you by.
— Abigail Egden - Neat Places, April 2017
Second-hand bookstore meets café, The Book Exchange Café in Glen Eden will have you sipping on a coffee and nibbling on a pastry while burying your nose into a book. From the scones to the melting moments and irresistible slices, everything is homemade and their selection of books will get your hooked on the little place.
— Olivia Atkinson - The Urban List, 2016
This (The Book Exchange) is so civilised. It is what a bookstore should be.
— Andy Cawston, 2016
The perfect way to relax and unwind is sitting in a big comfy chair with a good book and great coffee in hand. At the recently reopened [The Book Exchange] you can do exactly that! Serving the absolutely delicious [Mt Atkinson coffee] famous in West Auckland all you need to do is search through the abundance of pre loved books to find that perfect read. My long black was on point and there is a great selection of coffees on hand to meet most requirements. They also have a few counter top treats if you like a wee snack with your book and coffee. This place screams old school awesomeness from the old books to the big old vintage armchairs you can sit and relax in. This place is a real gem for young and old and a place you would happily enjoy on your own. “The more that you read, the more you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.” - Dr Seuss
— @100cupsofcoffeenz - Instagram