Selling them old and new

  • Avleen Kaur,, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 08, 2015 17:26 IST

Avid readers will already know of them and students make a beeline for these in times of need. Yes, we are talking about the numerous shacks full of books of various shapes and sizes, that dot the street near Panjab University in Sector 15 or the well-stocked stores at Attawa Chowk near Sector 36 and MCM DAV College for Girls.

From college-goers with limited financial resources to the bookworms walking about in their dreamland, these thriving second hand book markets have stood the test of time catering to every need of generations of students and book lovers. Here’s a list of our very own flea book markets in Chandigarh.

MECCA FOR those who NEED books

Sector 15A near PU has government-approved shacks for booksellers. But, the number of shops over there have shot up due to rising demand. The market has numerous shacks selling books on various subjects.

While some are famous for literature, some have all that you need to study engineering. Novels, coursebooks, books for competitive exams or as you name it. It’s all available in this dingy but delightful book market.


The UT Stadium Road in Sector 42B, Attawa Chowk houses three to four renowned book stores which sell second hand as well as new books and also buy them from customers. One such store is the Mahajan Book Shop that seems to be a student favourite! If big book stores fail to provide you the books you need, one of these tiny outlets will come to your rescue.


All the girls studying at MCM DAV College are well aware of the wonders that Ram Book Depot has to offer. Located in the main market of Sector 36, they sell all sorts of books on subjects ranging from engineering to fine arts and more. Better so, they have a specific shop for novels! Bestsellers or never-heard-of books - it’s all available here. The shop offers both new and second hand books.

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