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About Janus Books

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Updated April 9th, 2022

Masks are highly recommended, but not mandatory

Your safety is our first priority. All of our staff are triple-vaccinated, tested regularly with rapid tests, wear masks in-store, and regularly sanitize high-touch surfaces.

We would very much appreciate if you are able to wear a mask, but it is not mandatory.


As of April 8th, 2022 we have returned to our traditional hours!

Tuesday 10 am – 6 pm
Wednesday 10 am – 6 pm
Thursday 10 am – 6 pm
Friday 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday 11 am – 5 pm

Delivery and Shipping

We offer online shopping with curbside or in-store pickup. We also ship Canada-wide. See our Shipping Policy for full information. We were offering free local delivery, but we've paused that for now.

Selling Us Your Books

Did you know we buy second-hand books? From recent bestsellers to centuries old classics, we're always looking for good books in good shape! We're famously picky about condition: we only buy books with no stains, no tears, and no smells.

Looking to sell us books? We have hundreds of people offer us thousands of books every month. In order to give your books the consideration they deserve, we are currently buying by appointment only.

If you're interested in selling us books, contact us for details. Please let us know roughly how many ("five or six", "2 bankers boxes", "a few thousand", etc) and what sort of books (novels, kids books, textbooks, "old books", "modern firsts from Canadian authors, inscribed to Bob, mostly with light foxing and the occasional damp stain", etc) so we can better serve you.

You can contact us by email at or by phone at 226-486-1255. Or you can use the contact form. It may take a few days to get back to you, as we are being offered a lot of books! Thanks for your patience.

If you have less than a dozen books, we will do our best to look at your books without an appointment. Keep in mind that some days, like Saturday, can be very busy.

Gift Cards

And don't forget about our popular Gift Cards that can be used online or in-store. We offer both physical gift cards and digital gift cards that can be emailed!

About Us

Established in 2012, Janus Books has a long tradition of buying and selling high quality second-hand books in beautiful downtown Guelph. We carry thousands of carefully curated books in excellent condition on a wide range of topics, from recent bestsellers to hard-to-find curiosities.


We are located in the Shops at Paisley on the corner of Norfolk and Paisley in downtown Guelph. We're in the same plaza as Market Fresh, Simply Wonderful Toys and the new Wine Rack, just across from the main branch of the Guelph Public Library.

Our full address is 10 Paisley St., Guelph, ON, N1H 2N6. Get directions from Google.

Contact Us

We can be reached by email at or by telephone at 226-486-1255. You may also contact us by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.

Our Online Store

Our online store is powered by Shopify, an established Canadian company that provides e-commerce solutions to more than a million customers worldwide. Ordering online with us is easy, safe and secure. For more information on credit card security, see Shopify's website.


Still have questions? Contact us by filling out the form below.