Book Query / Wants List

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Book Query

Searching for a book? With over 80,000 titles in-store, with a limited selection available online, it may be hard to find a specific book. A Book Query is possibly the best bet. Please provide relevant information to the description field of the form below and a member of staff will get back to you as soon as possible.

Relevant information to help search includes an idea of what you believe the book is about and a physical description if you have seen a copy:

  • Is it fiction or non-fiction?
  • What is the general topic it covers?
  • Is it tall, thick and covered in dark red cloth?
  • Was it published in the last 10 years or 50 years?

The publisher can be helpful if you are looking for a specific edition, but we can't search by it, and we only record ISBN numbers on our new specialist stock.

Wants List

We keep a well organised database of titles that customers are searching for, in case the books come in at a later date.

This is not a perfect system as it is not automated — we do not have all our books cataloguedWhen a book comes into the shop that we think might be on the database, we look it up and then contact the customer in question.

  1. Please provide us with as much relevant information as possible, especially on what sort of topic the book is about — however we will do our best if you do not know.
  2. If there is more than one person after a particular title that has come in, we contact customers in preference of oldest requests first.
  3. If you no longer require the book when we contact you, there is no obligation on your part to buy it

See our Privacy Policy regarding your details.


  • Arty Bees Books is Wellington's largest independent seller of new and used books.
  • Shop online and pay by credit card or bank deposit.
  • Send us a book query if you can't find what you're looking for.