Top 3 second hand bookstores in Aarhus

Aarhus has a variety of second hand bookshops, where you can find titles in English – plus communist newspapers and debates on literature and politics.

By Lingwei Shao

Løve’s antiquarian bookstore is located close the International Center of Aarhus University, and this is were students usually come to look for used books. Besides Danish books, there are also English, German and French books.

The staff is also students from the university. Five students shift from Monday to Friday.
“It is just a voluntary job. We just do this for fun,” said one of them.

The bookstore is a cosy place, and it is affiliated with the equally welcoming Løve’s bog- og vincafé in the town centre.

Løve’s antikvariat og pladesalon: Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 71 . 8000 Aarhus C. Opening hours: Monday – Friday 10-17. Webpage:

Spartakus is the oldest communist bookstore in Jutland, founded on the 1st of May 1975 by communist students.

The purpose of the store is to give people access to socialist music, books and art in general. Readers can get communist newspapers as well.

Nowadays the political orientation of the bookstore might not be that visible. But you still can see the big Lenin’s portrait on the door.

The bookstore arranges free discussions every Friday. You can never be sure what people come to discuss, though.

“Last week, a lady came and talk about Cuba for about one hour. She lived there for a long time,” said one of the members of the staff.

“We welcome everybody.”

Another attraction of the bookstore is the CDs. The store offers a wide selection of music ranging from political music to classical. There is also a shelf of used English books for foreigners.

Spartakus BogCafé: Studsgade 12, 8000 Aarhus C. Opening hours: Weekdays 11-17.30, Saturday 11-14. Webpage: 

English Bookstore is the only English bookstore in Aarhus. Located on Frederiks Alle, it is easy to find with big signs on the wall.

When you open the door, you are surrounded by second hand books and lots of other stuff: Bags, clothes, kitchen equipment. Finding a specific book might be hard once you are in the store, but you can find the catalog of books on the website or call in advance to talk to the friendly staff about your desired titles.

Otherwise you might end up spending a whole day in the store looking for and at books.

The bookstore also arranges nice brunches and lunches frequently.

English Bookstore: Frederiks Alle 53, 8000 Aarhus C. Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday 14:30-17:30, Saturday 10:30-13:00. Webpage:

1 Comment

  1. Colin Rosenthal (@colinrosenthal) says:

    Try Hinges Antikvariat on Banegårdsgade – not the main building, but the annex in the courtyard behind where they have all the English-language books. Also it’s just round the corner from the English Bookstore so you can make a day of it :-)

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