The Co-op Bookshop

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The Co-op
Non-profit books retailer
Founded 1958
Headquarters Sydney, Australia
Website The Co-op Online

The Co-op is the largest academic and professional non-profit books retailer in Australia.[1][2]


The Australian National University branch of The Co-op

The Co-op was established by students led by the late Malcolm Broun, Celtophile, bibliophile and lawyer, in 1958 at the University of Sydney and has grown to become the largest provider of educational, professional and lifelong learning resources in Australia. With over 60 branches across Australia, numerous additional services and more than 2 million members, the Co-op is more than just a bookshop.[3]

The Co-op is registered under the NSW Co-operatives Act 1992 (the Act) [4]

The Co-op is a Member of the Australian Campus Booksellers Association, ACBA.[5]

The company is the largest cooperative in Australia, and the second largest book seller. In 2004 it produced a turnover of $75 million.[6]


  1. ^ "Submission to the Review of Higher Education Financing and Policy University:Co-operative Bookshop Limited". Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations of Australia. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "University Co-operative Bookshop Limited - Premium Company Report Australia". 31-Aug-2010. IBISWorld Premium Company Reports. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "About the Co-op". Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "About the Co-op". Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "ACBA Members". Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Students stranded as unco-operative bookshop hits the road". Sydney Morning Herald. 16 March 2004. Retrieved 26 December 2010. 

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