The Bookcase was established in 1993 as a small independent children’s bookshop to cater for the needs of parents and their families in Bahrain.
Within a few months of opening, the British Council requested specialist help and advice in setting up a Young Learners’ library in their building and as a follow on from this project, the Council asked if The Bookcase could take over the supply of English Language Teaching materials to their students.
The Bookcase was then invited to run book fairs in the local schools which proved a great success and these fairs remain, to this day, an important and enjoyable event on the school calendars of many British and International schools throughout the Gulf.
Enjoying such a cordial relationship with the major schools, The Bookcase was then approached by several of the major school supplies companies from both the UK and the USA to be their agent in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. These close relationships have grown and flourished over the years to the current day with The Bookcase now representing and/or working directly with all the major publishers and educational suppliers worldwide.
Over the years, as the business grew and expanded, new premises were required and The Bookcase now occupies 4 double storey units on Budaiya Highway with exclusive gifts and books on the ground floor and children’s books and the educational supplies offices on the first floor with a separate gift shop in the Seef Mall.
Books • Gifts • Inspiration
We pride ourselves on the good name that we have worked hard to earn over the years but of course it has been a collaborative effort; schools, parents, librarians, teachers and the children themselves have all contributed towards our success.
First and foremost is our passion towards helping develop children into readers – but we also love high quality plush toys and beautiful unique gift items. This is probably a hang-over from our Buyer’s days at Harrods, but there’s no changing her now!
When you visit one of our stores, you will see that we have something for everyone: books, cards, crystals, gifts for engagements, weddings and anniversaries, great gift ideas for men and even that special item for someone who has everything.
Join our loyalty programme for only BD1- be the first to hear about new arrivals and special events and get 10% off regular priced items everyday with a huge 20% off on Mondays (or Saturdays if you reside in Saudi Arabia) terms and conditions do apply.
With a free gift wrapping service, the unique present you chose from our hand-selective exclusive range is sure to delight the special person in your life. Gift vouchers are also available in various denominations at no extra charge.
Renowned for our high quality service and with over 20 years experience in the industry, the Bookcase Educational Resources Department is the top one-stop-shop for all your school needs.
Known for our honesty and integrity, we understand that each customer is unique and tailor our services to meet your specific requirements.
We ship directly to your school with a supply chain of sea freight containers from the UK, USA and Australia. This is also supported by weekly air freight shipments from the UK to ensure prompt delivery. Every item is cleared through customs, inspected, re-packed at our warehouse in Bahrain and delivered direct to your school.