Our hours: Mo-We 10-6 • Th&Fr 10-8 • Sa 10-6 • Su 12-5
258A Elgin St., Ottawa, ON
An Independent Bookshop for the Passionate Reader

Now Open Sundays!

Sunday Opening

Starting on Sunday, September 27th, we will once again be open for browsing and pickup on Sundays. Our hours will be from 11 to 5

The Ottawa International Writers Festival

Our friends at the Festival have created another provocative and entertaining session. Starting with a brilliant new book by an Ottawa treasure (Frances Itani) and encompassing a broad range of genres and authors, the Festival starts soon. Perfect Books will have copies of all of the featured books, some signed copies of Frances’ new book and signed bookplates for many others. Here’s the link 

2021 Calendars are Here

We have received our 2021 calendars and planners. There’s a good selection now but they disappear quickly. To browse or selection, take the following steps

Select “What’s in store” then select “Calendars” from the Subject list

Elgin Street is Fully Open!

Elgin Street is once again fully open. Traffic is flowing both ways. Wide sidewalks are accommodating social distancing (and more than a few patios). Most shops are open for in-store shopping and browsing. There are even some spiffy new benches right outside our door. It’s been a long haul but it is certainly a welcome sight.


We are now open for browsing once again. It’s good to see many old (and new) friends. We appreciate your choice to wear a mask while browsing in the store. We are at close quarters and we want everyone to be well and stay healthy. We have an ample supply of hand sanitizer. On busy days, you might have to wait outside for a couple of minutes if we have more than 4 people already shopping. Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding.

We will continue to do “curbside” pickups. You may step inside to collect your pre-paid purchases or, if you’re more comfortable, wait outside and we’ll pass your purchase to you.

Our thanks go out to the many long-time patrons and to all of our new customers for your wonderful support during these past few months. You certainly have kept us busy and we are most grateful for your ongoing support.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.


We are now available at the store from Monday to Saturday from 10 to 6. We will be open on Sundays from 11 to 5.


Ordering and Receiving Books

  1. Place your order online (preferred), via email or by phone
  2. Indicate whether delivery or front door pickup is a preference (there is a $5 charge for local delivery)
  3. Include any special delivery instructions (We will NOT sing Happy Birthday upon delivery:)
  4. Provide payment information with online orders. If not, we will contact you for payment prior to you picking up your order
  5. We only charge your credit card when your order is complete
  6. WAIT until we contact you to indicate that your order is ready for pickup
  7. DON’T  STOP on Elgin Street to pick up your book(s). There should be plenty of parking nearby
  8. If picking up at our door, simply arrive at the door and knock. Please tell us the SURNAME (your last name) under which the books are ordered
  9. If delivery is chosen, we deliver to Western and Eastern parts of the city once each week. Centretown deliveries occur 2-3 times per week
  10. We are now offering delivery to Gatineau residents once per week
  11. We can and do ship elsewhere in the country. We will confirm a price with each circumstance


Perfect Books – Strong and Able!

You have supported us so very forcefully over this past year and a bit, helping us surmount construction woes and now this terrible virus. We appreciate your concern but I want to iterate that Perfect Books is in great shape and we will withstand these temporary obstacles and bounce back as healthy as ever when this clouds passes. We’re going to be here to serve this community for many, many years to come.




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