Established in 1988, in the heart of Auckland’s historic Mt Eden Village, Time Out Bookstore is renowned for its excellent and eclectic books, occasionally weird window displays, haven-like children's book room, and in-store cat.

Owner Wendy Tighe-Umbers, manager Jenna Todd, and a number of bibliophilic helpers - assisted by Lucinda the Tonkinese - will answer your questions, recommend their favourite books, and order for you any title that is not already on their shelves. 

Not only helpful - Time Out is also award-winning - in 2010, 2011 and 2013, 2014 they were runner-up "Independent Bookshop of the Year" in the THORPE-BOWKER Book Industry Awards. In 2009 they were awarded the METRO Magazine Best Bookshop of the Year and the Penguin Independent Bookstore of the Year; and in 2004 they won the prestigious national "Independent Bookshop of the Year" award for "outstanding achievement in the New Zealand book industry" (THORPE-BOWKER Book Industry Awards).

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Time Out is a small store and we are selective on what books we stock. We request that you do not send us self-published books. If you are interested in stocking your book at Time Out, please email a media release to and we will be in touch if we would like to discuss further. 



Can't find the book you are looking for? If it's on our website (or even if it isn't!) we can track it down and order it in for you. Don't be shy... we are known for our great customer service. Email us or call us on (09) 630 3331. 



Book clubs, writing groups and any other book-related gatherings are welcome to meet in our upstairs room. We don't charge hireage, and we even offer a 10% discount off any books purchased on the day! Check out our online calendar for availability.



We have a digital loyalty programme where you are able to use your credit towards your next purchase as you go or store up your credit for later use - credit lasts for one year. Spend it next time you are in or save it - you choose! Just give us your name when you make a purchase and we'll get you started! (Loyalty credit is 10% of the value of your purchase towards your next purchase).

Time Out Bookstore's opening hours are from 9am to 9pm seven days a week – New Zealand’s original open late bookstore.