Popular Bookstores in Karachi

Bookstores in Karachi:
Liberty Books
Oxford University Press  
Urdu Bazaar

Although brick-and-mortar bookstores in Karachi have been increasingly replaced by e-books, kindles, and other e-reading devices, a true bibliophile will always crave for a place that hosts events and informal meetups.

Since reading is one of the most efficient and healthiest habits to adopt, especially in today’s technologically advanced world, let’s give you a virtual tour of the popular bookstores in Karachi. 

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Popular Bookstores in Karachi

Karachi is a heaven for bibliophiles and art enthusiasts. The city is dotted with literary buildings, museums, libraries, and art galleries. In one of our recent posts, we gave you a list of public libraries in Karachi. And, here is a list of all the bookstores in Karachi:

  • Liberty Books
  • Oxford University Press 
  • Urdu Bazaar 

Liberty Books

Liberty Books
Liberty bookstores around Karachi have a range of genres available
Image Credits: Liberty Books Facebook Page

Established in 1952, Liberty Books started its journey from a kiosk in the old city area. They have now grown into a chain of the largest bookstores across the country. Not only are they dealing with readers in the physical world, but they also operate online. 

Liberty Books has a wide range of titles from various genres, such as bargain books, gifts, and educational resource materials. Being home to a large collection of books, the bookshop also arranges literary events throughout the year to encourage healthy exchange of information. 

These events include book launches, book bazars, reading sessions, and a lot more! 

With Liberty Bookstores, you can easily buy books by visiting either a physical shop or you can choose to order books online in Karachi. Liberty Books are quite easy to spot in shopping malls and in almost every neighbourhood of the city. 

Here is a list of all the available outlets with their address and contact information: 

  • Defence
    Address: Plot 23-C, Shop 2&3 Shahbaz Commercial, Phase 6, D.H.A. Karachi.
  • Liberty Books Dolmen Mall
    Address: Shop No. G 101, Dolmen Mall, Tariq Road, PECHS, Karachi.
  • Liberty Books Park Towers
    Address: Shop No. A-11 Park Towers, Ground Floor, Clifton, Karachi.
  • Liberty Books BBQ Tonight
    Address: 2 Service Ln, Block 5 Clifton, Karachi.
  • Liberty Books – The Forum
    Address: The Forum, Shop # 15, 16, G-20, Khayaban-e-Jami, Block 9, Clifton, Karachi.
  • Aga Khan University Book Shop (Operated by Liberty Books)
    Address: Aga Khan University Hospital, Stadium Road, Karachi, Pakistan.
  • Dolmen Mall Clifton
    Address: Ground Floor G-21, Dolmen City, HC-3 Block 4 Scheme 5, Clifton, Karachi.

Contact Number Liberty Books: (021) 5294276, 111-117-323

Oxford University Press 

Headquartered in Karachi, Oxford University Press (OUP) started its operation in Pakistan 1952. You can find regional branches in cities such as Lahore, Islamabad, and Multan. It has various bookshops-cum-office in Peshawar, Hyderabad, Faisalabad, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Rahim Yar Khan, Dera Ghazi Khan, Sargodha, Sahiwal, Abbottabad, and Quetta. 

Oxford Book Stores boast a vivid spectrum of books ranging from course books to story books. Whether you are looking for history books, engineering books, or medical books, you can visit the OUP book stores in Karachi and find whatever book you deem best. 

finding OUP outlets in Karachi is not a problem. Try visiting these malls: 

Park Towers
Address: Ground Level, Khayaban-e-Jami, block 9, Clifton, Karachi.
Contact numbers: (92-21) 3-587-5355

Dolmen Mall
Address: Tariq Road, Karachi.
Contact Number: (92-21) 3-438-0495

Urdu Bazar 

Urdu Bazaar, also hailed as one of the biggest wholesale markets for books in Karachi, is every bibliophile’s go-to place for affordable books. Whether you’re looking for old and used books in Karachi or you want to buy course books for your children – you’ll find it here. 

On a side note, Urdu Bazar operates on online platforms as well which makes it extremely easy for people to order books whenever and wherever they want. 

Contact Information Urdu Bazaar

Phone Number: 034-92174142 

Note: You can call or WhatsApp on the above-mentioned number to get in touch with the vendors at Urdu Bazar. 

The Second Floor (T2F) – A paradise for Book Lovers

T2F bookstores in Karachi
An open mic night at T2F
Image Credits: T2F Official facebook page

The Second Floor (T2F) is one of the first projects of the PeaceNiche. While T2F has a number of books that you can choose from and read within the space, there’s so much more to it than just books. It is a community space available for open dialogue and features a coffee house, bookshop, and exhibition galleries. 

These are the best things about visiting T2F: 

  • Platform for dialogue and creative expressions 
  • Social change through the art
  • Community of diverse and well-read individuals
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Early Childhood Education 
  • Youth Engagement 

Here’s the location and contact information for T2F: 

Address: 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, DHA, Phase 2 Extension, Karachi.
Contact Number: (92-21) 3-538-9043 That’s a wrap on the popular book stores in Karachi. If you’re a keen reader, you might also be interested in finding out about public libraries in Islamabad. For more updates keep following Jagah Online Blogs and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook.