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The Monkey's Paw

1067 Bloor Street W, Ontario M6H 1M5 Canada

21 Reviews
Closed Now
Opens Fri 12p
  • Independent
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  • Public
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“home of the world's only book vending machine!”

The Monkey’s Paw stocks a diverse variety of 20th-century printed matter, with special emphasis on visual culture; obsolete opinions and technologies; lesser-known works on highly specific topics; books as objects; and pop detritus. Here you’ll find the book you didn’t know you were looking for. The Biblio-Mat is a coin-operated vending machine  that dispenses randomly-selected old books. It is the first device of its kind, allowing curious bibliophiles to sample the excitement and mystery of antiquarian-book hunting for the cost of a single $2 coin. The Biblio-Mat was designed and constructed for the Monkey's Paw by animator Craig Small.

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Sydney B.

Found the monkeys paw on yelp and had to try it for the book vending machine. It was $3 and dispensed a vintage book, and I'm so glad I did it! I got a book called "My Canada" by Elinor Marsden... Read more

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Jessica R.

Really awesome bookshop. So glad I went out of my way to stop here because they have such interesting finds. The prices are a bit steep but I think that's to be expected in a store with such... Read more

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Imran N.

I haven't visited the store in ages, but wanted a final visit before they move. Still the same wonderful store, with rare treasures and the strange and unique vending machine. This place will... Read more

The Monkey's Paw

1067 Bloor Street W
M6H 1M5 Canada
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Closed Now
  • Sun, Tue - Sat: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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