Yet again we've increased cataloguing hours to get more of our 1m+ books available online. We've recently started working on a spectacular collection of hardback opera, classical and performing arts biography, all in pristine 'gift-quality' condition. 

The other good news is we managed to re-open the main shop in the Brunswick on Weds, 4th November. We were up to safe capacity all day, with our new ventilation and security systems working full blast. The bad news is the UK Government ordered all non-essential shops to close from the 5th. Hence, both London shops are closed, at least until the 2nd December, probably longer. After all the staff hard work to get re-opened we're taking a bit of time to begin a click-and-collect service in London, both for orders from our Oxfordshire warehouse, and for items selected from shop stock. See this page for details.


Skoob Books & PsychoBabel Books - rare, used and out-of-print.


We have been cataloguing more internet books every day since the pandemic crisis began.

We’ve adjusted our working practices and environment to keep our staff and customers safe and are committed to maintaining and growing our service as much as we can. Our friends at The Royal Mail are great as usual, and we’re happy to keep them busy at the time of writing. We’re getting lots of orders and enquiries and are working as hard as ever, even though the person who processes the paperwork for orders, the pickers and the packers shouldn’t be closer than two metres from each other; and every keypad and door handle is being disinfected to oblivion.

However, the crisis has led to a reduction in global freight, causing price rises for all international orders. In addition, the USA has imposed extraordinary price rises for imported mail, up to 400% on books, which we have to pass on. Two years ago, the USA was our cheapest destination to post to. Now it’s the most expensive in the world for the average book! Despite these changes, we also acknowledge that ALL deliveries will be slower than our normal rapid standard, although we’re unaware to what extent for each parcel.

We’re happy to receive direct e-mails, phone calls and all queries on our books. Order direct through our new improved secure server system.


Skoob Books & PsychoBabel recycle knowledge. We have over 100,000 books in our  temporarily closed socially-distanced London shops, and 90,000 additional online. Together, we offer a unique, high-quality environment for academic book-buying.