Our Story

A university runs on books – and coffee. Since 1975 Vic Books has been fuelling the minds and bodies of our customers – students, staff and our neighbours in the city.

Vic Books is the original social enterprise – our returns benefit the student community.

As well as all the texts required for university courses, Vic Books offers a superbly curated selection of books, from the latest in New Zealand and international fiction to the most exciting titles in non-fiction and wonderful children’s books. Our knowledgeable staff will always help you to find the perfect book. 

Our independent bookshop includes a lively café with an appetising selection of cabinet food and the best coffee on campus; our baristas are some of the finest in town. Our staff and customers strongly value the principles of sustainability and ethical supply that our café is built on – we are proud users of local suppliers like Coffee Supreme, Fix and Fogg peanut butter, Libertine Blends and melt-in-the-mouth pastries from French CanCan. 

And Vic Books is a post shop, a popular venue for book launches and hosts the much-loved children’s Storytime with Baz on Saturday mornings. We also sell a fantastic range of cards, luxury stationery and gift items.

Whether you want to find a book for study or pleasure, grab a bite to eat or meet a friend for coffee, or join our friendly team, Vic Books provides a welcoming haven to all.