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Good selection, terrible staff

I like Black Books on TV, not so much in real life. The surly Irishman behind the counter is a poor... read more

Reviewed 5 December 2017
MollyKathleen04
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Melbourne, Australia
The best that no competition will get you

My husband and I were so excited to find a second hand English language bookshop in Barcelona. We... read more

Reviewed 2 June 2016
JLeeHazlett
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Fairbanks, Alaska
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23 Oct 2018
“Nothing to read!”
22 Aug 2018
“Lovely shop in a great location”
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Reviewed 23 October 2018 via mobile

In Barcelona for 3 days & had finished my one book after a wakeful night. Did a Google search for a 2nd hand bookstore & there was the Hibernian, about 15 minutes walk from the hotel. Found 2 lightweight reads, cost €6.10, & feel very...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Margaret K
Reviewed 22 August 2018

Having hours to kill on the Thursday, waiting for my flight back to the UK, I decided to pop in here the evening before and pick up a paperback to while away the day. It is absolutely delightful! It smells like a bookshop should. The...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 5 December 2017

I like Black Books on TV, not so much in real life. The surly Irishman behind the counter is a poor imitation of Bernard Black, and made my visit a thoroughly unpleasant experience. The whole time I was there he was loudly rude and passive-agressive...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank MollyKathleen04
Reviewed 15 October 2017

I came across this secondhand English bookshop by chance while I was attending a training course just down the road in Gracia. The name caught my eye as I'm Irish and know that Hibernia is the Latin word for Ireland! They have a large selection...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank nsclennon
Reviewed 26 April 2017

I can only concur with the majority of reviewers here. As a foreign resident of Barcelona I was happy to find this shop. There are a few nice finds here. However, after about half a dozen visits I have found the staff to be consistently...More

Date of experience: February 2017
1  Thank Philippe_Lavoipierre
Reviewed 2 June 2016

My husband and I were so excited to find a second hand English language bookshop in Barcelona. We made a trip across the city one evening specifically to visit it. The selection was good, but I'd hoped for a larger section of Spanish or Catalan...More

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank JLeeHazlett
Reviewed 10 May 2016 via mobile

On my trip I made it a point to by a different book in each city I visited, which is how I came about this store. You can stop by here if you walk from the city center to Park Güel, as it is somewhat...More

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank cooknerd89
Reviewed 9 February 2016

I love second hand books as well as new ones and when my friend took me to Hibernian I was so excited! I was looking for the second harry potter book and was looking under literature (if its the wrong section then 'my bad' i...More

Date of experience: February 2016
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Reviewed 16 November 2015

I don't really have anything to add to "butterytoast's" review except to say that I really want this store to be better than it is. To do that, the main people behind the counter would have to become more welcoming. To do that, the stock...More

Date of experience: November 2015
1  Thank Michael K
Reviewed 26 July 2015

I live in Barcelona and regularly buy from Hibernian, at least once or twice a month and often more than one book at a time. It is a blessing for a big reader like me, and if you go in regularly you can find new...More

Date of experience: July 2015
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