SMITH'S BOOKSHOP (est.1894) is now open again at the                                      TANNERY EMPORIUM, 3 Garlands Road, Woolston, Christchurch, 8023.                                                                                                                                                               We are trading from our new permanent shop in the Tannery development by the Heathcote River in the historic suburb of Woolston. We opened our shop here on 1 June 2013. We are enjoying seeing all our old customers again and meeting many new ones.

We are buying suitable stock now, please make contact.

OLD BOOKS, NEW BOOKS, SMITH'S BOOKS                                                                            Fine Books, Newspapers, Magazines, Art Supplies, Publishing and NZ Post Centre.

The 22nd February 2011 Christchurch earthquake caused extensive damage to our old retail shop at 117 Manchester Street and the building was inaccessible inside the city centre red zone from then on. After ten months of waiting to gain access, the building was demolished just before Christmas 2011. We were able to gain limited entry under the digger arm right at the end, but much of our stock was lost with the building. Since the earthquake we have been restocking and our physical bookshop and our ONLINE BOOKSHOP are both open and trading.

If you have old books, postcards, old photographs or ephemera to sell please contact us, 03 3797976 or

We thank all our customers for your previous patronage and support and look forward to meeting you again in the new shop at THE TANNERY EMPORIUM, 3 Garlands Road, Woolston, Christchurch.


Old Smith's at 133 Manchester Street.


Above and below new Smith's at 117 Manchester Street.