1. Books in the library are acquired and processed, stamped, accessioned, cataloged, classified, and make it readily available to patrons to freely use, while books in the bookshop on the other hand arranges it materials for commercial purposes.

2. The library environment is organized for convenient studying and search, while in a bookshop, provision is not made for such.

3. Library are usually more spacious than bookshops.

4. The furnishing of the library provides for sitting while the bookshop cannot afford the luxury.

5. Library are usually staffed with competent professionals in the field, the bookshop employs sales personnel.

6. Books in the library can be borrowed by the users for a specific period of time, while books in the bookshop cannot be borrowed.