Stanza Bookshop

International Bookshop in The Hague

Dear Book lovers, our dearest planet and humanity are facing unimaginable challenges and transformations exposing a deep vulnerability, but also a great solidarity. As a society, it is time to continue helping each other, understanding needs, joys and sorrows.

We remind you that we are following the guidelines given by the government: 1.5 meters distance, using gel at the entrance, only paying with pin or bank transfer. We are cleaning surfaces as much as we can, and washing our hands with water and soap. If you are not feeling so well, you can always order books by email.

Placing orders via email will continue working as usual.

The deliveries in The Hague Centrum, and Statenkwartier are going to be for free, and by bike, order for the rest of The Hague, and Netherlands will be done by Post NL. The cost will be indicated in the order.

English, Portuguese, German, Russian and International Law Books orders:

French orders:

Spanish orders:

NOTE: some books will take longer, since some suppliers are partially or totally closed, we will notify you the updates of your order (s).

“Each book is food to the soul, allowing us to explore themes and situations that can give us peace, answers, clarity to our thoughts, or at least a nice comfort” Karina Romay, April 2020

Stanza Bookshop Team


About Us

Stanza Bookshop is located in The Hague (NL), a few meters from Noordeinde Palace, offering books in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portugues, German and Russian. Additionally we have a section of International Law books in English, Spanish and French. Stanza has a team of real book lovers:


Head of the English Section, between my expertise in English literature, and more than 20 years of experience working in bookshops, I can confirm that my heart really bits with each books. I love writing reviews, and to have nice conversations with readers.

I have my favourites writers, but I like very much to explore new authors!

See you in Stanza for a nice chat!



Responsable du Rayon francophone

Envie d’un bon roman, d’une nouvelle BD ou d’un album Jeunesse ? Besoin de commander un livre ou de faire un cadeau ?

Bien venue chez Stanza, la librairie internationale francophile 🙂

Je serai heureuse de vous faire découvrir les nouveautés et coups de coeur en littérature, BD et jeunesse. Je lis aussi des histoires aux enfants une fois par mois et invite régulièrement des auteurs.

Au plaisir de vous accueillir !

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Encargada del área de español, Trabajar en Stanza Bookshop ha hecho realidad uno de mis mas preciados sueños, trabajar rodeada de libros. Con esa idea estudié para ser bibliotecaria, pero la vida siempre nos lleva por caminos inesperados. Aquí, en nuestra querida librería, puedo desarrollar mi interés por la literatura y puedo estar en contacto con personas con las que comparto lengua y pasión por los libros.

Coordino dos clubs de lectura con mucha alegría. Adicionalmente, apoyo en el albergue de talleres literarios impartidos por Alejandra Szir.

Si quieren conocer más sobre novedades y eventos, me pueden enviar un email a: y agregarlos al boletín en español.

Nos vemos pronto,



Our philosophy is based on the principle to be a socially responsible bookshop. In order to reach it we follow the 12 ethical principles given by the International Businesses Standards Organization (IBSO) © Michael Josephson, JOSEPHSON INSTITUTE:

1. HONESTY. Be honest in all communications and actions.
2. INTEGRITY. Maintain personal integrity.
3. PROMISE-KEEPING. Keep promises and fulfill commitments.
4. LOYALTY. Be loyal within the framework of other ethical principles.
5. FAIRNESS. Strive to be fair and just in all dealings.
6. CARING. Demonstrate compassion and a genuine concern for the well-being of others.
7. RESPECT FOR OTHERS. Treat everyone with respect.
8. LAW ABIDING. Obey the law.
9. COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE. Pursue excellence all the time in all things.
10. LEADERSHIP. Exemplify honor and ethics.
12. ACCOUNTABILITY. Be accountable.

Stanza´s History

My name is Karina, owner of Stanza, my baby girl…
I was a lawyer for almost 20 years, but my passion for books was always part of my life. I need to confess that books, literary criticism, and literary history were always a secret affair, a bit like Chekov!! he said that medicine was his wife, and literature was his mistress. in my case, I say that I was committed to a happy relationship with law for a long time, but inside of me, I knew it was never going to be the “husband” something was missing. I started a small affair with an English Literature course, and turned into be my passion, exactly what was missing with law. So, from that “marriage” Stanza was born on 5 May 2018. Currently, I have a happy and friendly relationship with law…:)
Helping people to find wonderful titles, and to reach moments of joy, is my main goal..Stanza is founded on this principle.
So, I am bookish worm…and every day happier!