There's something so dreamy and fantastical about bookstores and libraries. Whether you're an avid reader or not, going to a bookstore on a rainy evening, running your fingers across the spines of the books before finally stopping on one that catches your eye and grabbing it to read the synopsis sounds like something the main character would be doing.
You can't exactly be the main character if you're going to your nearest Popular bookstore because it lacks the whole vibe and ambience for that scene. So if you're looking for the perfect bookstore or library that has the vibe and ambience you need to be the main character in a dark academia setting, here are some spots you can visit in the Klang Valley:
#1 Monalisa Bookstore
Although it has a warm colour palette, it does have some dark wood bookshelves that are perfect for dark academia aesthetic photos.
Address: MY Kuala Lumpur Bukit Jalil F-8-1 Pusat Perdagangan Jalan Persiaran Jalil, 1, 57000
Opening Hours: 10:30am to 8:30pm, closed on Mondays
#2 Book Xcess Sunsuria Forum
Book Xcess always managed to create the most unique looking book stores, and here's another one that will make you not want to leave.
Address: Sunsuria Forum @ 7th Avenue, SB-1, Sunsuria Forum, No.1, Jalan Setia Dagang AL U13/AL, Seksyen U13, Setia Alam, 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm
#3 Junk Book Store
This biggest secondhand bookstore in KL has secondhand books in piles and stacks all around the store giving it a very vintage vibe, perfect for some dark academia photos.
Address: 78, Jalan Tun H S Lee, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: 8:30am to 3pm, closed on Sundays
#4 Monsoon Books
Located above an ice cream store, you can get some before going up to the bookstore to curl up in a corner with a good book.
Address: 1st Floor, 605, Jalan 17/12, Seksyen 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Opening Hours: 11am to 8pm, closed on Sundays
#5 Citè Book Garden
While this book store mainly sells Chinese books, those who don't know the language can go there too to get some nice photos for your Instagram with their dark interior and plants.
Address: 41, Jalan Radin Anum, Bandar Baru Sri Petaling, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: 11am to 7pm
#6 Raja Tun Uda Library
Sometimes the things you least expect are the ones that surprise you. You'd never expect a public library to look this good, but it does!
Address: Jln Kelab Golf 13/6, Seksyen 13, 40100 Shah Alam, Selangor
Opening Hours: 9am to 6pm
#7 Little Giraffe Story House
This library is unlike any other library. It is located in a wooden kampung house that gives you a rustic charm with many cosy, sun-lit corners to curl up with a book.
Address: 114, Jalan 15, Batu 11 Cheras, 43200 Cheras, Selangor
Opening Hours: 8am to 6pm
#8 Rumah Attap Library & Collective
A minimalistic, homey space filled with books and people who love books! Come over and enjoy the company of other bookworms while having a relaxing weekend with a book.
Address: 84, Jalan Rotan, Kampung Attap, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: 1pm to 5pm every weekend only, closed on weekdays
Are you a bookworm? Share some of your favourite reads in the comments section below for other bookworms! Our current favourite is The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa. Be prepared for the waterworks!