One is not supposed to do any activities that make a person happy during the nine days. See SA Orach Chaim סימן תקנא & Mishna Berurah quoting the Magen Avraham. Is one allowed to buy new Seforim/Judaism related books during the nine days? Would it matter if he doesn't need them for his learning now?

  • see related question judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/9179/… – Earl Jul 24 '17 at 3:35
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    Can you clarify by editing the question whether you're asking about Judaism-content books specifically or about books? – msh210 Jul 24 '17 at 4:03
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    I get a daily halacha email, and this morning's read, "During the Nine Days one is permitted to purchase items which fulfill both of the following conditions: a) items that do not require a beracha of Shehechiyanu or Hatov V'Hamaitiv, and b) items that are not clothing. Shulchan Aruch w/Mishnah Berurah 551" – rosends Jul 24 '17 at 14:35
  • @rosends I recommend moving that to answer with providing source links. That answer appears to provide a very nice general rule to deciding numerous items. – DanF Jul 27 '17 at 17:56

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