Blackwell's has an enviable reputation as a bookseller specialising in academic books. Its first bookshop was opened in 1879 in Oxford. Find a Blackwell's bookshop near you

Offer for alumni

15% discount in every store.

Please note that terms and conditions apply. The 15% discount will not be on top of any price-promoted (money-off) books. The customer would always be given the best offer. The Blackwell’s reward card cannot be used in conjunction with the 15% offer. Discount is for books only, and exclusions apply. Examples of exclusions are (but not limited to) Rare Books, Stamps, Gift Cards, Book Tokens and Digital/Technology Products.

The 15% discount applies in any Blackwell's bookshop across the UK. It does not apply online as most books on already carry a  discount equal to or better than 15%.

This discount can also not be used in conjunction with Blackwell's reward card.

How to claim

Please produce a valid My Oxford Card at the time of purchase in store.

To claim the 15% discount when ordering by phone, please state that you are Oxford alumni.

Go to Blackwell's website*

* please note that the discount does not apply to online purchases

Digital content

Blackwell’s stores may be closed during the pandemic but they are continuing to host virtual events with their authors. Follow them on Twitter to see what’s coming up.

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The Blackwell's Book Boutique

The Book Boutique is personalised reading consultation with an knowledgeable bookseller in the historic Gaffer's Office at Blackwell's on Broad, or virtually online. In advance of the Book Boutique consultation, Blackwell's provide a short survey to help guide recommendations and ensure advice is honed for the reader. The Book Boutique is £75, of which at the end of the consultation, the customer can choose and take away £50 worth of books. 

The Blackwell's Book Subscription

The perfect gift for a booklover: a carefully chosen book each month for a year or for six months, picked for the recipient by booksellers at the Broad Street shop and sent out monthly. Discuss with a bookseller what you like to read and they will make sure the book you receive will be one that you find fascinating. The price of a subscription will vary depending on whether you choose hardbacks or paperbacks, fiction or non-fiction.


For the Book Boutique and Book Subscription service, the first step is to speak to a bookseller, email, or call Blackwell's on +44 (0)1865 792792 for more information.  Please let them know that you are Oxford alumni to take advantage of your 15% discount.

Christmas Hotline

Christmas will be different this year so whether you are self-isolating, shielding or simply avoiding in-person shopping, Blackwell's booksellers are still available to help. Call the Blackwell's Christmas Hotline on +44 (0) 1865 792792 to speak to a real-life knowledgeable bookseller. They can take orders over the phone immediately and send books out with free UK postage. If you are looking for inspiration, they can provide advice and recommendations - they are the specialists at finding just the book for that tricky brother-in-law or the niece you don't know so well.