TIMBERBOOKS is an independent high-street bookshop in West Kilbride, North Ayrshire, Scotland. Established in 2007, we now operate from a Victorian church and church hall called Overton, purchased from the Church of Scotland in 2013. We sell quality new, second-hand and antiquarian books and book-related items. We strive to support local authors and publishers.
We are very proud that in February 2023, for the third time in as many years, Timberbooks has been selected as a Country Finalist for 'Independent Bookshop of the Year' at #TheBritishBookAwards.
We are delighted to have partnered since 2015 with Ayrshire's wonderful volunteer-led Tidelines Book Festival. You can see the bookslist for their 2023 Festival, which takes place this September, near the top of our lists below.
SHOP OPENING HOURS: Our normal opening hours are: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm to 5pm. Private shopping appointments are also normally available outwith these times. We look forward to welcoming you!
National Book Tokens: We are delighted to advise that we sell and accept National Book Tokens in our high-street bookshop and that Tokens can also be used for purchases online here. For full details on using your NBT here click: https://uk-support.bookshop.org/en/support/solutions/articles/65000177773-do-you-accept-national-book-tokens-or-world-book-day-tokens-
Book Search: If you can't find the book you're looking for here, please e-mail us at [email protected] and we'll happily undertake a complimentary book search for you. We can search for out-of-print titles as well as currently published ones.
What we've done with our commission from Bookshop.org so far (June 2023): We'd like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has chosen to support us here. With our commission since we joined (in November 2020) we've bought 20 new (extra) bookcases, commissioned a new boiler for the bookshop, and invested in bistro furniture ready for the planned re-opening of our teashop later this year.
We are using all current income to help with the energy bills and business rates (against which we have lodged an objection), but hope that in future we can return to using our Bookshop.org funds for further capital improvements to the bookshop and church buildings which house it. All this is only possible because you choose to support us here, and we are very, very grateful.
Michèle (Owner, Timberbooks)