Our hours: Mo-We 10-6 • Th&Fr 10-8 • Sa 10-6 • Su 11-5
258A Elgin St., Ottawa, ON
An Independent Bookshop for the Passionate Reader

Have you Checked Out Our Penguin Classics?



Penguin Classics

Take a deep dive (and an inexpensive one at that) into our wonderful collection of classic literature in the form of the iconic Penguin Blacks. Revisit Dickens, Woolf, Dostoevsky, Conrad, Austen, Bronte… the list goes on and on


Events in January and February

January 30th from 6:30 to 8:30 we are pleased to welcome Bob Henderson to the shop to introduce his book Paddling Pathways. Anyone who embraces the Canadian wilderness (or who aspires to) will enjoy this collection of paddling tales. A great antidote to the winter blahs!

February 2nd from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. we are excited to welcome Linda Schuyler to Perfect Books with her new book The Mother of All Degrassi. Linda is the co-creator and executive producer of the long-running Degrassi series. For all of us fans of the series, this event promises to be both entertaining and fascinating.

February 7th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. we welcome our good friend Barbara Fradkin as she launches her newest Amanda Doucette mystery entitled Wreck Bay. This one is set on a remote island in Vancouver Island’s Pacific Rim. It promises to be another page-turner. Seating will be limited. Arrive early!

February 25th – Louise Penny will be in town on February 25th at Christ Church Cathedral to talk about her latest mystery, A World of Curiosities. Contact the Ottawa Writers Festival for details and tickets

Want to know what’s in stock at Perfect Books?

When shopping on our website, go to the browsing function on the left side of your screen. Select “What’s in Store” and then select the Subject. Because we can’t promise that new orders will arrive by the 24th, this feature will help you narrow your search and confirm that we have stock in the book(s) you’re seeking.

Wearing a Mask at Perfect Books

… is optional now. Some of our staff and customers are continuing to mask up. This is now a personal choice which we respect.

We always have a few on hand and they’re free so please join with us in keeping EVERYBODY healthy for the long term


Buying a Gift Card On Line

• Click on the “Shop” icon on the top left of this page

• When the next page opens, select “Gift Cards” from the green bar near the top of the page

• Select “Add to Cart”, the select “Go to Cart”

• In the box that says “Cost”, enter the dollar value you wish

• At this point you can personalize the card (see the box on the left)

• When finished, click on the box at the bottom of the page which will take you to a login screen

• There you can create an account or log in to your existing account

• You will then proceed to checkout where you have two options

• We can hold the card at the store for pickup OR we can mail it to the recipient you choose

• Note that you are automatically charged for shipping but we waive that if the card is being mailed locally

Hours of Operation

Monday 10 to 6

Tuesday 10 to 6

Wednesday 10 to 6

Thursday 10 to 8

Friday 10 to 8

Saturday 10 to 6

Sunday 11 to 5

Closed on all statutory holidays

Please ignore the misinformation that is appearing on Google. This is where our correct hours are posted.

Perfect Books – Strong and Able!

Thanks to all of you for supporting us throughout the past few years. After  two years of Elgin Street reconstruction and ongoing threats of Covid we continue to grow, thanks to you! The proof is in the beautiful new shop. New floors, new lighting, new shelves and the same great service. We look forward to showing off our new look to you. See you soon!


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