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Welcome to CIBA!

If you are an entrepreneur who is currently working on purchasing or opening an independent bookstore and would like access to resources, professional development, networking opportunities, news and updates, and a strong united voice on the issues that matter most to your business, you’re in the right place!

  • Connect virtually with booksellers peers from across the country to share experience, expertise, and insight through member forums and networking events

  • Collaborate with key stakeholders in the wider book and publishing industry 

  • Contact book industry colleagues through CIBA’s directory for Bookseller Members, Affiliates, and Associates

  • Learn from experts on topics of importance to the business of selling new books including sales data, business planning, technology, marketing, events, and HR through our targeted Lectures & Labs series

  • Access a members-only portal with business resources, advocacy updates, supplier relations updates, marketing resources, and more


Have Your Voice Heard

  • Have a voice on key issues that affect independent booksellers and representation on federal and regional policy issues

  • Benefit from CIBA's ongoing efforts to strengthen relationships with suppliers including publishers and distributors of new books

  • Contribute to an association that is building a stronger and more vibrant independent bookselling community in Canada

Save Time and Money

  • Learn about group buying opportunities and supplier discounts for the sale of new books

  • Access special reports and other offerings that can help your business

Who is eligible to join as a Provisional Bookseller Member?

An individual who is purchasing, has recently purchased, or is planning to open a Canadian independent bookstore with one to ten locations selling new books. The membership application will ask a number of questions about you and your prospective store(s). 

  • Although CIBA’s programs and services are designed to promote the sale of new books, secondhand bookstores and specialty stores (e.g., stores primarily selling other items) are eligible as long as they sell some new books on an ongoing basis
  • Privacy: You can decide what information is kept completely private, shared only with fellow members, or shared with the general public
  • Administrator: The person who signs up for CIBA will be considered the membership Administrator and will be the main point of contact for important member communications
  • Additional registrants: CIBA’s membership software will allow you to register additional individuals in your organization as part of your membership bundle
  • Dues: Prospective Bookseller Member dues can be paid annually
  • HST will be added to your annual invoice
  • Payment options: For your convenience we accept secure payment by Visa or Mastercard. Alternatively, we accept e-transfer or cheque
Annual dues for Provisional Bookseller Members: $225 CAD

When your store officially opens, we ask that you email CIBA at to let us know. At that time, we will change your status to Canadian Independent Bookseller Member and begin paying self-selected dues.

Once you become a Canadian Independent Bookseller Member, you will gain voting rights in the association and have access to CIBA's group membership with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. You can also update your public-facing member profile to signal to readers that your store is open for business!


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We wish to acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund.

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