Scholars Bookstore was started by a young couple, Paul & Margaret Dyment. He was a professional librarian with experience at Queen's & at the fledgling University of
Waterloo & she was a grad student & a mother. Beginning in a Waterloo basement in 1966 as "Dyment Books" It issued catalogues to university libraries. Among the first
sales was a large collection of books on the theme, "Peace, Pacifism & World Order" sold to an American
University Library. Hopefully, it is still being read.
In 1970 Dyment Books moved to the Belleville area becoming primarily a university book search service. In 1978 "Scholars Bookstore" was opened in Ottawa, first at 1126 Bank Street, then on George Street overlooking the Byward Market, & finally at the corner of Friel & Wilbrod near the University of Ottawa. Ottawa was good to Scholars, and it participated in the formation of the Ottawa Antiquarian Booksellers' Association and the Ottawa Antiquarian Bookfair.
In 1990, lured by a western wind, it boxed thousands of books, gave away even
more, and headed for Victoria, B.C. where it opened "Scholars West" on the tourist strip of lower Johnson Street, coinciding with the shutdown of the tourist ferry from Seattle. Scholars West sold books on the early internet & then built its own internet website in 1995.
In 2001 Scholars, reduced now to just Paul, and now with more books than ever,
traversed the country again & relocated books & home-made pine shelving to
Millbrook. Ont. and then in 2004 opened its fifth store, "Scholars Bookstore," at
380 Water Street in Peterborough, on a block where there were already 4 other
bookstores. Fortunately the idea of a "book district" proved workable, and with many nearby cafes & restaurants, the area has become ideal for university students & other regulars. Looking back, having moved a large bookstore in orderly boxed, indexed fashion across the country in both directions we now claim National Book Heritage Status, as well as some expertise in shipping.
We have a good stock, our book descriptions are reasonably accurate & we try to
wrap well & ship fast (usually shipping the next day). Try us!
We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of Canada (ABAC) &
of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and we endorse their standards and ethics.