Our Story

Our Story

Boobooks has been a fixture in Armidale since 2006. John Rooney and Sally Rowe built a wonderful place for book lovers to meander and appreciate the written word. Boobooks customers will always be grateful for the years they put into providing Armidale with this much-needed space, and for all the books they collected, curated and recommended, immeasurably improving the lives of those living in and passing through town.


Debby and Yvonne purchased the business in 2019 and haven't looked back since. Building on Boobooks' reputation for quality books, they have sought to embrace a wider collection of people with a fresh redesign and a philosophy of making Boobooks more than just a place for people in Armidale to buy the best books. Boobooks has become a hub for connecting people using ideas and events, in a manner which aids Armidale and Regional Australia to grow culturally and economically.



  • There is now a cafe open from 9am-3pm Monday to Friday and 9am-1pm on Saturdays and every second Sunday during Markets in the Mall. Coffee, tea, biscuits and cakes (including Keto and Gluten-free options). Inside, outside, individual and large group tables are available to create your ideal experience.
  • A Sci-Fi and Fantasy room to satisfy new and die-hard fans alike.
  • Regular 'Happenings' and events. Free-spirited conversation, wine flowing, live music pumping and all sorts of new people to meet.
  • The next step is our very own online store! We are adding more titles as fast as we can, but if you contact us we can try to order in just about anything you want. There is free shipping on orders over $50 or for in-store pick up, so spend more on books and less on shipping! Gift cards are now available just in time for Christmas.


See you at Boobooks,


Debby and Yvonne