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We are an independent academic bookseller wholly-owned by Canterbury Christ Church University. We're open throughout the year, from undergraduate to post-graduate studies we’re here for you. Since the mid-1970s we have supplied books to students and alumni as well as the general public. We support academic research and study across the University and beyond.

With over half a million general and academic titles available to order for the following day, there's not much we can't do. It's not just about set texts. We stock a wide range of books supporting your time at university. From Christopher Robin to Christopher Hitchens we source any book currently in print. Any title not available for next day is usually supplied within 3 to 7 days. We offer 10% discount or a Price Match Promise for recommended titles with greater savings available on core textbook bundles and many special offers. We strive to give you the best deal as your on-campus university-owned bookseller. 

We support many events over the course of the academic year from conferences and public lectures to book signings and author events. We are proud to provide bookshop services to the Canterbury Festival and the Folkestone Book Festival. Author readings have included Louis de Bernières, Michael Rosen and Anthony Browne.  All our events – with many pictures – are posted to @cccubookshop on Twitter. 

We are also the official stockist of CCCU merchandise from the original 1960s tie and college scarf to the ever-popular teddy bears alongside our range of Fairtrade clothing. Merchandise can be purchased throughout the year. 

The bookshop was established by Canterbury Christ Church College in the mid-1970s to serve the needs of students and staff. We play an essential role supporting the learning experience of students, and the teaching and research work of staff. We are fully engaged in the cultural life of the University, helping to shape the social and spiritual environment. An academic bookshop on campus is a key asset for our vibrant learning community.

The University’s mission, inspired by our Church of England foundation, is “to pursue excellence in higher education; transforming individuals, creating knowledge, enriching communities and building a sustainable future.”

The provision of a campus bookshop demonstrates the University’s commitment to the development of the whole person; the value placed upon excellent teaching, research and knowledge exchange; and the importance of a friendly, inclusive and professional community of students and staff (CCCU Strategic Framework 2015-2020)