Established in 1919 Oxford Bookstore is the best equipped 'base-camp' for journeys of the mind offering its customers the widest range of outstanding titles and consistently courteous and informed service for close to a century.
Oxford Bookstore measures its success by the smiles on millions of happy customers that the brand has served over the last 9 decades.
There are a few treats as sumptuous as a visit to Oxford Bookstore in India. Each time you walk into our iconic store in Calcutta where the brand started in 1919, its charm leaves you wanting for more.
A fleet of 200 happy to help expert booksellers and informed hosts work day and night to bring to customers world class reading experience be it through our books or our fine teas and live by the brand’s motto - Much more than a bookstore – at every Bookstore.
The Brand’s fascinating story started nearly a 100 years ago in Kolkata’s Park Street as Oxford Bookstore and Stationery. The Heritage store's platinum anniversary saw it refashioned as Oxford Bookstore - Gallery.
The Brand has been taken across India to nearly 30 locations and its Book sections curated with deep research across genres, enviable venue and ambience, world class amenities in keeping with international trends have made Oxford Bookstore the favourite destination of every city it has expanded its footprint to.
Each Oxford Bookstore overflows with a treasure trove of books waiting to be discovered making it a universe that inspires people to read even as the brand remains a front runner in the use of state-of-the-art technology nurturing its tradition of enterprise and vision.
Oxford Bookstore strives to bring to each city it has a foot print in - a stimulating forum for an array of events and promotions – a continuing festival of literary, visual and performing arts.
Oxford Bookstore famous customers would be too long, from noted writers/columnists, corporate / politicians/ bureaucrats and film / fashion and entertainment industry. The list includes Narayan Murthy, Shri Gopal Krishna Gandhi, Kiran Karnik, Mark Tully, Ramachandra Guha, Ruskin Bond, MJ Akbar, Liz Hurley & Arun Nayyar, Amitabh & Jaya Bachchan to name a few.
Oxford Bookstores has had the distinction of hosting world class writers such as Amitav Ghosh, Kiran Desai, Amit Chaudhuri, Shashi Tharoor, William Dalrymple, as well as the iconic Bengali writers - Late Sunil Gangopadhyay, Mahasweta Devi, Nabaneeta Devsen, Mani Shankar Mukherjee , and Nobel and Booker Prize winners Sir V.S. Naipaul, Gunter Grass and Salman Rushdie to name a few.
Leveraging on relationships built for well over 9 decades with publishing houses, the store offers a range of titles from Bloomsbury, HarperCollins, Penguin, Random House, A McGraw-Hill, Prentice Hall, Oxford University Press. Niche publishing houses like Ananda, Navayana, Tulika, Srishti, Indialog, Zubaan, Katha are also represented. World’s largest publisher of Art books, Thames and Hudson (UK), provide us exclusive support through latest titles.
Oxford Bookstore´s online interface, www.oxfordbookstore.com was the first of its kind, hosted out of India offering 6 million titles worldwide.
Its unique product and merchandise mix and the breadth and range in the selection of music, software, exclusive eco-friendly and new age stationary items have added to its fame and appeal.
Every time a customer buys a book at Oxford Bookstore, they directly but voluntarily donate towards ‘Give Back to Nature ‘ programme of WWF-India, specifically supporting the Wild Wisdom quiz, India’s only national level quiz to sensitize and generate awareness among children by fostering a sense of competition, pride and knowledge of Indian biodiversity.
Oxford Bookstore was "India's Biggest Newsmakers" in Retail category of Business Today 2007 survey; Casa Brutus, the Japanese cult Magazine,in the March 2005 issue, mentioned Oxford Bookstore Connaught Place amongst the must visit places in Delhi. Oxford Bookstore Kolkata, the iconic heritage store is a standalone chapter in the British Council publication "Kolkata: Book City".