Private street markets of used books are not allowed by authorities and can be dispersed by the police. So, in order to sell or buy a used book, Minskers go to specialized second-hand bookstores that sell used books with a 30 per cent margin. Therefore, you won't find "All for 1 EUR" offers here.
The most popular types of books sold in such stores are reference books and encyclopedia - "because everything can be found on the Web" - as well as many paperbacks. Here, one can also find many hardcovers - the books that were published in the 1970-1980s when Soviet readers subscribed to collections of Russian classics and the Russian translations of world classics. Many of those subscribers bought those books out of fashion, not out of passion for reading. As a result, you can find high-quality hardcovers priced very low in second-hand bookstores.
Second-hand bookstores are also popular with history enthusiasts, looking for old editions of Belarusian books.
NOTE: you can find brand new books in second-hand bookstores, too. This is a trick used by writers in Belarus to avoid dissemination by state-owned Belkniga.
The most popular downtown second-hand bookstores are:
- Address: 4 Kamunalnaja Nabiarežnaja (Trajeckaje Neighborhood, 5-minute walk from Metro station Niamiha)
- Opening hours: Mon – Sat from 1000 till 1900.
- Contact data: +375 17 334-26-23
- Address: 36 Karl Marx St. (Metro station Kastryčnickaja)
- Opening hours: Mon – Fri from 10:00 till 19:00, Sat from 10:00 till 18:00.
- Contact data: +375 17 227-55-58, +375 17 226-10-90
- Address: 53 Niezaliežnasci Ave (between Metro stations Plošča Jakuba Kolasa and Akademija Navuk)
- Opening hours: Mon – Fri from 10:00 till 19:00, Sat from 10:00 till 18:00
- Contact data: +375 17 284-43-06, +375 17 292-44-35