We buy books

We buy and sell used books!

 

We have over 30,000 titles available over our three floors in a huge range of categories – art, literature, history, politics, religion, philosophy, science and foreign language, to name a few.

Titles come and go all the time so if you don’t find exactly what you are looking for, keep coming back, it’s likely to turn up, and in the meantime you’re bound to find something else that takes your fancy!

 
We are always looking for new stock!

Gift certificates

Need a gift for a book lover who already seems to have them all? They’re bound to find something interesting at Sappho with one of our gift certificates in hand!

To purchase one, click here.

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A courtyard oasis

Sappho is the perfect place for catching up with family, sharing coffee with friends,  love trysts … or even just treating yourself to a nice glass of wine.

“Coffee is a way of stealing time that should by rights belong to your older self.” 
― Terry Pratchett, Thud!

Batboy reads a book

We like to be noticed…

There's something really serene about the courtyard behind Sappho. Untouched 90s grungy decor amongst spacious open trees.It's really nice that such a large space exists that modern square metre yield economics hasn't touched. It does feel like it's in the brink of shutting down. You can't beat the math.The food was average, the vegan burger was as plain as you see and tasted as advertised.Come for the space don't stay for the food. Also there's a cat.
Kevin C
Kevin C
Well, even just with the name, this place was amazing. I'm a huge fan of Sappho and her work, as well as her place is sapphic history. The place itself, did not disappoint. I did not get to eat here, unfortunately, but the selection of books were impressive and board games were available. Perfect study place for university students, would recommend.
Raven
Raven
This is our goto place for weekend lunch. Amazing falafel wrap and hobbits brekkie. Their Mocha is to die for.. super friendly staff and consistent taste !!!! Yummy !!
Tushar Sharma
Tushar Sharma
A place full of peace, satisfaction and calmness. A place which is made for my addictions - Coffee ☕️ and Books 📖 Lovely cozy and comfortable atmosphere 🖤
Cara Angel
Cara Angel
Had my birthday there on Saturday eveningFabulous night, great service, staff were very friendly. Lovely food, with a great Live band,Cool atmosphere
David Taylor
David Taylor
I adore this place! The only place in Sydney I know that has a a plethora of great second hand books, records, and even music scores! The prices are decent, and there is a wide range of everything.It is just a perfect little world for book lovers:).
Ryan Li
Ryan Li
This is my new favourite place in the world. A bookshop cafe bar with live music and the fluffiest cat I have ever seen??? Yes please... If you are in Glebe you are legally required to come here
Elvin Lewis
Elvin Lewis
Surly, self-important staff can not detract from the great collection here, the cafe out the back is worth a stop too.
Hayden Toppeross
Hayden Toppeross
Visited this bookshop/cafe for the first time recently and I was not disappointed! They had a really great range of books, and my breakfast was amazing! The coffee with my breakfast was that good I even grabbed a second one before leaving which I have never done before! The staff were super friendly and service was quick.I can’t wait to come back!!
Jessie Browne
Jessie Browne
I absolutely adore this place. From the unique atmosphere of the bookstore to the delicious vegan food at the cafe, I could spend hours here. They have a large selection of books, and while it does feel overpriced, I am happy to support the business. The cafe always does a great job with food and coffee, and the atmosphere is great. I highly recommend checking it out!
Parker
Parker
Rating based on the really sweet set up; the pretty lights and colours. Went there for a cocktail and we had a good time. The service is friendly and the Pina colada not over the top sweet; just the right flavour too.
Wanderlust W
Wanderlust W
We hired Sappho for my 21st birthday party, and it honestly could not have been more perfect! The staff are so warm and accomodating, it was so easy to organise, and they put so much effort into every detail to make sure it ran smoothly. The drinks and food platters were stunning, perfect size and location, it even rained and it didn't make any difference. Thank you so much for a wonderful evening, would definitely recommend for events!
Orla Doyle
Orla Doyle
lovely bookstore to lose yourself in before enjoying a scrummy meal in the leafy open air back courtyard
Treasure troveeeeee!!! Isn’t it amazing to find all these old and new books. It’s like going on a little adventure. All the different rooms and topics they cover. Nice little cafe space to catch up with a friend. Plus, there’s a fellow kitty friend to say hi to. Meow 5 paws 🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾!
Poppy Le Chat
Poppy Le Chat
Been here today with my family.Very Beautiful and cosy book store with a nice cafe' at the backyard.I can get lost here all day sipping a cuppa tea and reading books.Would definitely visit again!
It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of Sappho that thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains, the stains become a warning. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.
Evan Cameron
Evan Cameron
This is both my favourite cafe AND my favourite bookstore. They have a large range of teas to choose from which are delicious. I love coming here to study and it's such a nice atmosphere. I also love how the cafe is open to 6pm, compared to how most other cafes close around 3pm! I usually pick up a book whenever I visit as they are very affordable and have a good selection to choose from. You can get most classic books here. Will be back soon.
sascha
sascha
Loved it, the atmosphere, the layout of the Cafe, the staff very courteous and can't fault it. Willgo back again.
James Brooking
James Brooking
My favourite cafe in Sydney! Food and drinks are very reasonably priced and absolutely delicious! I would recommend anything on the menu! The cafe is super cute and quirky looking and the staff are always friendly.
lucy bergagnin
lucy bergagnin
Absolutely loved my visit here! Lovely spot down the back of the cafe to enjoy coffee and a meal with my teens who thought the aesthetics of the place was “cool” lol food was lovely and beautifully presented. Will definitely return!
莎弗二手書店咖啡屋: 人間天堂雪梨大學旁Glebe街道上,夢想般的書店。在網路發達的時代,走入彷彿60年前的一家書店。它似乎象徵著長久以來的一種堅持,一種理念,與深度的文化。即使跌落深谷,它仍會堅持爬起來的一種生命力!進門是書店,走到後面,出現咖啡吧台。你可以坐下喝杯咖啡,感受深深刻畫在歲月裏的書店文化。喜歡書,想找資料,可以上二樓。
Young Wu
Young Wu
莎弗二手書咖啡廳:白天圖書咖啡,晚上酒吧,口碑都很好。也常有詩歌之夜之類藝文活動。莎弗Sappho是古希臘抒情詩人。
EZ Living
EZ Living
Beautiful, quaint place. Paradise for book lovers and some great food! Perfect for some alone time or with your kid or other book lovers 😊
Really chilled out space that just oozes a creative vibe, nice shared platters which are a decent size.
This is my absolute favourite place to get away, drink good coffee and daydream as I browse the day away. I wish I lived closer so that I could visit every week... but then I would probably own an entire library of books 🤔😎
Great place for book fans, enjoy a coffee or some delicious food in the cafe. I dare you to leave without a book!
Quirky cafe with loads of character and cute little nooks for enjoying amazing food the best coffee around!
We had our 25th wedding anniversary party at Sappho. The staff put everything on seamlessly, we didn't have to do anything all night, just kick back and enjoy the food, drinks and company!
The books are amazing and the vibe is gorgeous. Would definitely recommend going there and checking it out, especially for the books and the cute cat upstairs!
I would like to thank everyone involved for ensuring that every aspect of our wedding night was exactly as we imagined. Friendly staff, incredible food and the cafe provided the perfect backdrop for photos.
It is on of the best cafe in Glebe & excellent vegetarian food, chai tea, latte - we have been returning to this establishment for past 10 years🎉
LoVe Sappho Bar! Fantastic setting & great staff (say hello to Jeb & Zoe)!Love their live music & especially the "Poetry" & "Open Mic" nights!Best place in Glebe!Highly recommended!
I love everything about this place. Have been here countless times and enjoyed my experience every time. Love the reasonably priced yummy food, the atmosphere and of course the secondhand books!
Haven't gone for breakfast or lunch. Night time in my opinion is the best time to be at Sappho's. Beautiful live music each time I've been. Relaxing, great vibe, great for anything, dates, meeting up with a friend for a drink. Staff are helpful and food and drinks are on point. I love everything about this place. It feels like I'm sitting in my backyard and someone has jazzed it up with fairy lights and a beautiful live band. Have introduced alot of friends to this place and each of them have adored it like I do.
A treasure trove, if you dig around. Most of the books are in good condition and I forgot to buy the book about faeries!! Will definitely return. Coffee is good, or could always go for their craft beers.
Sappho Books Cafe and Wine Bar, has been Emad's residency for nearly 6years. It's a great place for smokers and nonsmokers. It has a large back yard with tables and chairs, where one can meet people , have a drink or even read a book, have a birthday party or even get married there. I first knew Sappho as a book shop, and was a regular customer there, but in the last few years I have been helping my son Emad, by being his Roadie. We enjoy going there.
I have to say it was the hippiest place I have ever attempted! But didn't feel pretentious! It felt nice.. cocktails were reasonably priced and lovely!
Nice relaxing atmosphere and good service. Looking forward to the poetry evenings this forthcoming 2017!
Great relaxed atmosphere, delicious food, cheerful and courteous staff. Can't wait for another vegan iced coffee 😀
Enjoyed a relaxing brunch, coffee was good, food was great and the whole team was friendly and courteous. A very relaxed atmosphere.
Sappho made my day once again: perfect iced latte created by the beautiful and loving Hannah. Delicious chicken panini. Toasted to perfection. Everything on the menu is a poetic combination of well-chosen ingredients, put together with care and flair by delightful staff. Always leave with a big smile that lasts all day.
Amazing little find. Just stumbled across this restaurant whilst looking for someswhere to fulfil a cheeseboard craving. It was wonderful. Impressive wine list too. Was curious of the names of the 2 girls playing guitar and singing last friday night. Could u let me know?

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A wonderful new collection of poetry has just hit our shelves, including hard to find and out-of-print titles by Australian poets! Just in time too, as tonight marks the long-awaited return if our famous Poetry Nights! From 7pm, host Toby Fitch will be joined at the Sappho Bar by four feature poets, followed by an open mic section. ... See MoreSee Less

A wonderful new collection of poetry has just hit our shelves, including hard to find and out-of-print titles by Australian poets! Just in time too, as tonight marks the long-awaited return if our famous Poetry Nights! From 7pm, host Toby Fitch will be joined at the Sappho Bar by four feature poets, followed by an open mic section.

It’s that time of year again.... delicious Sappho made soup, soft red blankets in the courtyard, the gas heaters on and cuddles with Charlie the shop cat...pictured here with his favourite human server Cathal.

( probably just need to add that while you are welcome to see if Charlie feels like a pat, which he usually does, please don’t pick him up! Unless it is one of his carers he gets distressed. )
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It’s that time of year again....  delicious Sappho made soup,  soft red blankets in the courtyard, the gas heaters on and cuddles with Charlie the shop cat...pictured here with his favourite human server Cathal.( probably just need to add that while you are welcome to see if Charlie feels like a pat, which he usually does, please don’t pick him up! Unless it is one of his carers he gets distressed. )

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This is too much 😍 looking forward to winter at my favourite book cafe 🖤

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Kasey Fitzgerald for when I'm in the state next?

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We’re open every day at

51 Glebe Point Rd,

Glebe, NSW, 2037

Australia

Phone: (02) 9552 4498