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Barter Books has over 350,000 visitors a year, and is one of the largest second-hand bookshops in Europe.

Barter Books is a second-hand bookshop in the historic English market town of Alnwick, Northumberland, owned and run by Stuart and Mary Manley.

It is considered a local tourist attraction and has been described as “the British Library of second-hand bookshops.”

The bookshop is in the Victorian Alnwick railway station, designed by William Bell and opened in 1887. The station was in use until the closure of the Alnwick branch line in 1968 and Barter Books was opened in 1991.

The shop is notable for its use of a barter system, whereby customers can exchange their books for credit against future purchases.

David Champion, director at Barter Books, said: “The service we have received over the years has been nothing short of exceptional and completely reliable.

“Nick Smith and his colleagues respond immediately to any request for guidance, and the forthcoming advice is always sound, enabling us to navigate the vagaries of employment law with full confidence.

“Whether it has been the significant task of overhauling our staff handbook to current compliance, or a minor query concerning benefit entitlements – Mincoffs team treats each query with equal importance.”

Barter Books is a second-hand bookshop in the historic English market town of Alnwick, Northumberland, owned and run by Stuart and Mary Manley.

It is considered a local tourist attraction and has been described as “the British Library of second-hand bookshops.”

The bookshop is in the Victorian Alnwick railway station, designed by William Bell and opened in 1887. The station was in use until the closure of the Alnwick branch line in 1968 and Barter Books was opened in 1991.

The shop is notable for its use of a barter system, whereby customers can exchange their books for credit against future purchases.

David Champion, director at Barter Books, said: “The service we have received over the years has been nothing short of exceptional and completely reliable.

“Nick Smith and his colleagues respond immediately to any request for guidance, and the forthcoming advice is always sound, enabling us to navigate the vagaries of employment law with full confidence.

“Whether it has been the significant task of overhauling our staff handbook to current compliance, or a minor query concerning benefit entitlements – Mincoffs team treats each query with equal importance.”