English-language bookshops and libraries
There’s nothing like a book to open up new worlds and fill a quiet weekend with thoughts and emotions. The colder months are a perfect time to get back into reading if you feel you've binged on too much television.
Whist many consume their literature via an e-reader, sometimes it’s nice to browse a bookshop, and choose a book simply because you like the look of it or you’re tantalised by the first few pages.
Multi-lingual Luxembourg won’t disappoint as there are plenty of places to discover new reading matter from bookshops to libraries, and Bicherschaf to Black Fountain Press.
Bookshops are open, but if your local one has temporarily shut its doors or you prefer to stay home, you can order books online for delivery at many of the shops listed.
Ernster – All English Bookstore – 4 rue de la Reine, Luxembourg City
Opened in 2015 just around the corner from the Grand Ducal Palace, this is the place to spend time browsing the classics, best-sellers, travel guides, and anything from young adult fiction to non-fiction biographies and history books. It even has a children’s corner and an online ordering system. Open Monday to Saturday 9.00 to 18.30.
Ernster also has bookstores with English-language sections in the Belle Etoile, Cloche d’Or and City Concorde shopping centres.
Librairie Alinea – 5 rue Beaumont, Luxembourg City
English literature, graphic novels, and kids books are amongst the 1,500 English-language titles in stock at this cosy little shop, complete with a reading corner (with a coffee machine). If you like a bit of vinyl, it’s also the place to pick up a new record. You can also order online.
Librairie des Lycées on 30 avenue Victor Hugo and Librairie Française at 2-4 rue Beck both have foreign literature sections.
Scarabaeus – 11 Rue de la Boucherie, Luxembourg City
Also near the Grand Ducal Palace, this wooden-fronted store stocks books on well-being and spirituality in between the statues of Buddha.
Little English Bookworm has been supplying many readers of all ages living in Luxembourg with English-language books for several years. A selection is stocked at the Miyo concept store in Strassen, or you can take a look at their website for personal reviews and suggestions. Owner, Ophelia, also offers 30 minute Skype consultations to help you and your family choose the right books. Sections include literature, non-fiction, the classics, graphic novels, young adult and children, and LGBTQ+.
For kids books you can also try Lux Books Barn.
Bicherschaf and second-hand
Bicherschaf are self-service book cases. In the city you’ll find them at Place du Theatre, Place de Gand (Belair) and Place Laurent (Limpertsberg) but many local communes have started their own self-service book exchanges in communal spaces and parks.
English-language books will most likely be in the communes that have the biggest English speaking communities but, in all instances, Bicherschaf work on the same principle. Take a book, read it and keep it or return it, and feel free to put your used books on the shelves so long as they are in a reasonable condition.
Café Bovary in Weimerskirch also offers a take a book, leave a book exchange.
For second-hand books you can join two Facebook groups, Book Nook Luxembourg and Second hand books Luxembourg. The British Book Stand at the International Bazaar is a good place to pick up cheap second-hand books. They also hold an antiquarian book sale and a car boot sale in the spring months.
The Walfer Bicherdeeg is an annual book fair that takes place in October and is a great place to pick up local English-language authors. You can also check out local authors and order books directly from Black Fountain Press, Luxembourg’s first publishing house for literature in English.
If you're a bookworm that ploughs through reading matter, you should register with The National Library of Luxembourg in Kirchberg, which opened in 2019 and stocks a huge number of English language titles in physical and e-reader format. You can join online for free and visit the book loan counter from Tuesday to Friday 10.00 to 19.00.
The Cité Bibliothéque on rue Genistre is also free to register (with ID) so long as you are living in Luxembourg. You can borrow four books and two audio books for a month, and DVDs on a weekly basis.
For ideas on books to borrow or buy, try the Goosey Book Club where you can ask for recommendations for yourself or you children.