This gem of a shop is easy to miss, squeezed in between Ulster Bank and Burdock's Chipper on Lower Rathmines Road. Alan Hanna’s is run by Irish Library Suppliers (ILS), and although it specializes in Irish literature and history it also has an academic text book section, bestsellers, art, travel, fiction, drama and more.
Much like The Winding Stair, they serve a selection of coffees and teas to aid you in your book scavenging, and the resident dog, Molly, is often seen wandering around the back of the shop too. The staff are very helpful and knowledgeable, and can order in books if they don’t have what you’re looking for.
Every avid reader and book enthusiast will know that it’s always a pleasure to haphazardly navigate your way through mountains of new and second-hand volumes, and these are piled high in various corners of the long, narrow shop, meaning that most of the limited floor space is taken up by books and books … and more books. What more could you ask for?
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