The Most Popular Bookstores in Kenya

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If you are like me, you are used to getting all your reading delights online and once you are done you are on to the next. I have been in this comfort zone for long until I had to shop for my daughter when we were given the book list for this year. I was to go in blindly, a bookshop is a book shop as long as it’s stocked with the books I needed right? Wrong because there are factors that you have to consider in your choice from amongst the available bookstores in Kenya. This includes proximity, affordability, well-stocked, a variety from different authors and so on.


1. Laxmi Booksellers & Stationers 

Laxmi bookshop was recommended to me and I picked it for its affordability. Their prices were cheaper by about 10% and in this economy that is quite something. They had all the books I required for my child and are also up to date with the new curriculum. It is a busy place, especially after the schools reopen. December is the best time to buy if you are looking to buy books for the New Year.

Goldline Building Cross Road, & Ronald Ngala Street

Contacts: +254 720 350222 +254 720 333077


2. UNES University Bookstore

If you studied at the University of Nairobi or you have visited there, then you know the UNES University bookstore. Contrary to what you may think, it is not just for University students. You can find books for Primary, Secondary and University students. The store also offers convenient services since they also have an Online branch. You can also get various uniforms, stationery, and branded items from the shop. The prices are also affordable. The stores open from Monday to Friday from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm and Saturdays from 9.00 am to 6.00pm and stay closed on Public Holidays.


University of Nairobi – Main Campus

Telephone number – +254 (020) 491 3911 Mobile number – 0701 284 794

UNES Bookstore Kisumu, Ground Floor – UoN Complex

Telephone number – +254 (0) 20 491 3926 

UNES Bookstore Main Outlets Mombasa – Uni Plaza


3. Text Book Centre 


Textbook Centre Entrance
Image Courtesy: Kachwanya

The Text Book Centre is one of the oldest bookstores in Kenya having opened its doors in 1964. Anchored on a mission to provide customer-friendly and superior service, the book store stocks books for different age groups, taste and preferences. You will find all the classics that we grew up reading in the store and if you plan to gift someone a book, you’re spoilt for choice as long as you know their taste. The opening hours are Monday – Saturday from 9:00 to 19:00, Sunday and Public Holidays from 10:00 until 18:00.


Text Book Centre Galleria – Galleria Mall, Langata, Nairobi, Kenya

Mobile: +254736733294 +254730735127 Email:  

Thika Road – Garden City Mall, Thika Road, Nairobi, Kenya.

Mobile: +254718848281 +254730735129 Email: 

Industrial Area – Lunga-Lunga Square Mall, Lunga-Lunga Rd, Nairobi, Kenya

Telephone number: +254730735125 +254727479737  Email: 

The Junction on Ngong Road -Junction Mall, Ngong Rd, Nairobi, Kenya

Telephone number: +254730735120  Email:

Text Book Centre Kijabe Street – Kijabe Street, Nairobi, Kenya

Telephone number: +254730735000 Email:

Text Book Centre Sarit Centre (Academic) – Sarit Centre, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya.

Telephone numbers: +254730735124 +254708344141 


4. Keswick Books and Gifts 

It is mainly for Christian Literature and you can buy quality gifts for your relatives and friends to add to their collection. Such gifts include mugs, keyrings, Christian magazines and so on. If you have been looking for children Christian literature like myself, then this is the best place to go to. You can also order for the books online through their website.


Keswick Books
Photo by Information Cradle


Nairobi main outlet- Bruce House, Ground Floor, Kaunda Street

Telephone number – (+254) 20-2226047 (+254) 724-841928 Email: 

Westlands -Sarit Centre, Ground Floor, Westlands

Telephone: (+254) 786-425-452 

Ngong Road -Prestige Plaza, 1st Floor

Tel:  (+254) 723-740875 

Mombasa – Nkurumah Road

Telephone (+254) – 41 222 6520 (+254) 722-156126 

If you need the books on Wholesale visit; Kindaruma Road

Phone (+254) 713-621938 Email:


5. Prestige Bookshop

Prestige bookshop is another established store in the market priding itself as the home of rare books with a wide range of genres to choose from. If you are looking for a gift then this is the ideal place to find one. The stores open from Monday-Friday from 9 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm. They close on Sundays and during Public Holidays.


Nairobi- Prudential building Ground Floor, Mama Ngina street next to Imax

Telephone: +254 707-660-164 +254 20-2223515  Email: 


6. Rugano Bookstore 

Formerly known as the Magunga Book Store, it is owned by celebrated blogger Magunga. The uniqueness of this Online store is that it majors on books by Writers of African descent. According to their website, they have taken up the same model as that used by The Guardian and Amazon. You can find motivational books, Biographies, poetry, short stories, and fiction. It’s exclusively online so this means that you can get the books at your convenience with delivery services across the country.


Where do you buy your books from?

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