24 February: closed for inventory

Scanner 23 February 2014

We'll be closed on Tuesday 24 February for our annual inventory. Thanks for your understanding!

Christmas opening times

24 December 2014

December 24: close at 4pm
December 25: CLOSED
January 1: CLOSED

All other days are as normal.

A very merry Christmas to all of our friends and customers, and we'll see you on the other side!

Closed due to general strike

15 December 2014

Sterling is closed on Monday 15 December due to the general strike. Many thanks for your understanding!

A few closed days in November

5 November 2014


We're not, but it's tricky to get to work when the rest of the city is. So like a lot of other businesses we'll be closed on Thursday, 6 November.

It's also a good time to mention that we'll be closed on 11 November for the national holiday, and 12 November for restocking the shop after the Boekenbeurs. All other days are as normal. Thanks for your understanding!

We're alive and kicking at Wolvengracht 23

4 July 2014

The prophets foretold this many moons ago, and as the long years dragged by, god knows we all lost faith. But praise be, I bring proof! There really is a Wolvengracht 23! There are books in it! And look, one lady's even buying some!

We are officially open in our new location. It's just a 20-second walk across the road, but feel free to use our handy map below.

Thanks for all your patience and support!

Opening update

20 June 2014

The opening of the new store has slipped just a little more. Our current tentative date - barring any further unforeseen circumstances - is next Wednesday, 25 June. This isn't final though, so please keep an eye on the website before you come. Thanks so much for your patience; our aching shoulders appreciate it. *naked play for sympathy*

On the plus side: we haz a sign!

New Sterling opening soon; CLOSED for now!

17 June 2014

Okay - good news and bad news.

We're hauling boxes across the road as fast as we can, but due to a few construction delays our opening date has slipped a little. We're now estimating it'll be this Saturday, 21 June, but keep your eyes on the website and we promise we'll keep you updated. (UPDATE: it's now slipped a little; see above!)

Good news: above is your first exclusive sneak peek of the new store across the road at Wolvengracht 23!

Why did the bookshop cross the road?

19 April 2014

Dear customers,

Sterling is moving! But not far. In fact, just over the road. We'll be settling into our new, more compact but still lovely premises, a 10 second walk across the street, at the start of June. Fiction on the left. Non-fiction on the right. NO STAIRS.

Until then, things will carry on as normal... with a few exceptions.

First, the café is now closed. We really appreciate all the support you gave it, and the amazing job our café girls and guys did.

Second, we're now adopting new opening hours:

Monday to Saturday
10.00 to 18.00

We'll now be closed on Sundays.

Third -- and here's the nice bit -- we're having an enormous clearance sale. We'll be bargain central every day from now until June.

Thanks for your understanding, and thanks as always for being the best customers a bookshop could ever hope for. We're excited about the new shop and we hope you'll love it when it's ready!

All the best,

The Sterling team