The AZIL Bookstore is the first Slovenian academic bookstore specializing in the humanities and social studies. In line with the research character of ZRC SAZU, the purpose of this bookstore is to supply customers with high-quality literature. The selection of literary works is also suitable for more demanding readers looking for Slovenian and international literature on philosophy, history, anthropology, art, ecology, political science, economic theory, archaeology, geography, ethnology, literature, musicology, biology, and so on. In addition, the bookstore also offers all ZRC Press publications as well as publications by all major Slovenian publishers specializing in social studies and the humanities (SAZU, Založba Krtina, Založba Studia humanitatis, Založba Sophia, Society for Theoretical Psychoanalysis, Založba */cf, Študentska založba, etc.).
In 2010, the bookstore obtained new premises at Novi Trg 2, which have been renovated and furnished to meet the bookstore’s needs as a social gathering place for meetings and public discussions. By moving to a new location, the Azil Bookstore obtained an additional display and sales area, which made it possible to considerably enhance the range of publications offered. In addition, reading corners are planned for the new bookstore, which will enable visitors to leaf through and get to know the latest literature in a relaxed manner. In March 2010, the bookstore was also joined by a café, which rounded off the concept of the bookstore as a social gathering place.