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Second-hand bookshop at the Birmingham Back to Backs

A book display showing some of the used and new books on sale
Court 15 Books stocks a wide range of new and used books | © National Trust Images / Sophie Flynn

The second-hand bookshop at the Birmingham Back to Backs stocks a wide range of new and used books and helps raise funds to care for these much-loved buildings. Come and shop, donate your old books or become a volunteer.

Calling all book lovers!

We're looking for volunteers with a passion for books to join our team. Whether you're looking for something new to get involved with, want to get some skills on your CV or start your journey with the National Trust, this is a great opportunity right in Birmingham city centre.

Where is the bookshop?

Set in the heart of Birmingham's gay and Chinese quarters on Hurst Street, Court 15 Books at the Birmingham Back to Backs is one of Birmingham's only second-hand bookshops. The address is 61-63 Hurst St, Birmingham B5 4TE.

What kind of books does it sell?

The second-hand bookshop at the Birmingham Back to Backs stocks a wide range of both new and used books. Including fiction, non-fiction, children’s, young adult and a variety of local history books, you’re bound to find your next read at Court 15 Books.

Buy sustainable presents

Buying second-hand is a great way to reduce your environmental impact. Many of our books are new or in excellent condition and would make great gifts.

How can I donate books?

If you’d like to donate your pre-loved books to the bookshop at the Birmingham Back to Backs, you can drop them off during opening hours. If you’d like to arrange dropping off a book donation out of hours or a large collection, please email

We accept donations of all kinds of books and would particularly like donations of general fiction.

Can I volunteer at the bookshop?

Yes, we are looking for volunteers to help out at our second-hand bookshop in Birmingham. Whether you want to get experience for your CV, are a university student with some spare time, getting back into work or looking for a new hobby, we would love to have you as a volunteer. Volunteering for the National Trust is a great experience at any age. Learn more about the role and apply here.

Please note, that you'll need to be over 18 years of age to volunteer at the Back to Backs.

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