October Books is Southampton’s independent bookshop, with radical roots. We are a co-operative and a community bookshop and we have been serving our community here since 1977. We pride ourselves in a selection of books that challenge the status quo and that promote social, environmental and financial equality and justice. We have a busy and eclectic events programme (both online and in the shop) where we host author talks, have book launches and have conversations with our local communities. A full events listing can be found on our webpage here. If you live in Southampton do pop in or order books with us or via our webpage here. If you are not based locally you can still support us by purchasing through our online bookshop here
We also have an extensive catalogue of secondhand and out of print titles that fit with our values and ethos. These can be found and searched in our online Biblio catalogue here.
As well as books we also sell a range of vegetarian, vegan, organic and Fairtrade food products and personal and household cleaning products as well as cards, diaries and notebooks. You can order these from our website here (local orders only)
We also have a community space used for our workers and members meetings and which we hire out to a wide range of community groups and organisations, from pop-up vegan cafes to yoga classes. Our community helped us to purchase this and our shop space and helped us to raise the £500,000 needed for the purchase and renovations. They also helped us move premises with our internationally famous Human Chain and we are ever grateful for their continued support.