Frequently Asked Questions

Where is The Bookish Type?

We’re upstairs in the Merrion Centre which is a shopping centre in the middle of Leeds. We’re close to the main bus routes and there is parking in the Merrion Centre car park. We’re roughly 15 minutes walk from Leeds train station.

Our full address is 58 Merrion Centre, Leeds, LS2 8NG

When are you open?

Tuesday – Saturday 11am-5pm

Can I order books from you that you don’t have in stock?

Yes, as long as they are in print. Speak to us in the shop about what you’d like to order or drop us an email. We can order books that are not LGBTIQA+ related but we may ask for payment in advance (because it will be tricky for us to re-sell them if you decide you no longer want them).

Can I order books for my book group?

Yes, of course. We may be able to offer a discount for your book group so talk to us in the shop about this or contact us by email.

Will you sell my book?

We tend to buy from established publishers and small presses. We’re currently not taking on any new books that are self-published because unfortunately we have found that they rarely sell in the shop.

Will you sell my merchandise?

We are keen to support local queer artists but we only have limited room in the shop so we are mainly interested in stocking zines, prints and cards. Please fill in this new stock enquiry form with as much detail as possible about your merchandise and we’ll get back to you within two weeks with a decision.

Do you accept National Book Tokens?

We don't sell or accept National Book Tokens but we do have our own Bookish Type vouchers. You can buy a voucher just for online use or one that comes with a card and can be used online or in the shop.

How does the Pay It Forward scheme work?

Pay It Forward is a way of making queer books available to those who can't afford them. You can donate to the Pay It Forward scheme here.

If you can't afford a book but you would like one, then you can use the Pay It Forward scheme. Either ask in the shop or email us with your name, address and the book you would like as listed on our website and we'll send it out to you free of charge.

Do you buy secondhand books or take donations of books?

We don’t buy secondhand books but we do take donations of LGBTIQA+ themed books and books by queer authors. We run Secondhand Sundays where we sell pre-loved queer books to raise money for good causes. We’re always looking for more donations of queer books so please get in touch if you have some or drop them off in the shop.

Are you currently hiring staff?

Sorry, we don’t have any vacancies at present so please don’t send in CVs or job enquiries.

Can I bring my dog into the shop?

Sorry, no. We are inside the Merrion Centre which doesn’t allow dogs apart from assistance dogs.

How accessible is the shop?

We’re based upstairs in the Merrion Centre and you can reach us by escalator, stairs or a lift. There are no steps into the shop or within it. For wheelchair access, please be aware that our doorway is 75cm wide but there is a wide turning point outside.