Bookshops all over Pennsylvania and New Jersey are closed as nonessential businesses, but bookworms who are low on their supply of reading materials are not out of luck.

Many local independent bookshops, in fact, are still operating virtually, offering new books and gift cards — and sometimes, even audiobooks. And if you aren’t in need of a new title but still want to support your local bookseller, some are accepting donations to keep operations running via crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe.

Here, we’ve rounded up more than a dozen Philadelphia-area indie bookshops that can still help you get your reading fix. Check out the list below:



A Novel Idea

This East Passyunk shop is selling books on its website, where you can browse titles and place an order — or you can have books sent to you via its page. Co-owner Christina Rosso-Schneider recently published her first book, She is a Beast, which can be shipped or delivered locally. Don’t need a book right now? Consider donating to their GoFundMe campaign, buying a gift card, or attending an online event.

1726 E. Passyunk Ave., 267-764-1202,,

Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse

If you’re in the mood for comic books, Amalgam — the first black female-owned comic shop on the East Coast — has you covered. Located in Kensington, the shop is shipping orders, which can be placed by email or through its website. They’re also taking phone orders on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Order by 3 p.m. on Wednesdays, and your books will ship the same week.

2578 Frankford Ave., 215-427-3300,,

Brickbat Books

While it may not have an online store, this Queen Village shop is still selling books by email and touts a shipping rate of $4 for any size order — and neighborhood delivery. Contact the shop for details or availability, or pick up a gift card online.

709 S. 4th St., 215-592-1207,,

Big Blue Marble Books

Mount Airy’s Big Blue Marble Books is accepting orders via phone (12 p.m. to 4 p.m.), email, and its website, and is offering home delivery in Northwest Philly — but if you are outside that area, shipping is available via their page. Audiobooks are available via their partnershipas are e-books. And if you’re feeling charitable, the shop has started a “Pay It Forward” fund, in which you can donate money to be used by customers in need of books. Gift certificates are available.

551 Carpenter Lane, 215-844-1870,,

Hakim’s Bookstore

Located in West Philadelphia, Hakim’s was founded in 1959 and is considered the city’s first African American bookstore. The shop is still operating amid the pandemic with its online store, where you can place orders to have books shipped to your home.

210 S. 52nd St., 215-474-9495,,

Harriett’s Bookshop

This woman-centric Fishtown bookshop, named for abolitionist Harriett Tubman, is accepting orders for shipping via its online store. The shop also recently organized an “Essentials for Essentials” effort, where customers can pay for a book to be delivered to workers in the emergency departments at local Philly hospitals.

258 E. Girard Ave., 267-241-2617,,

Head House Books

Nestled between Society Hill and Queen Village since 2005, this shop is offering books and gift cards for sale online — and orders over $35 ship for free. They’ve also got you covered on audio books via their page, which gives the shop a percentage of sales. And if you want regular book deliveries, consider their monthly or quarterly “HHB To You” subscription service.

619 S. 2nd St., 215-923-9525,,

Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books

There are a few ways you can support this Germantown shop, which former CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill launched in 2017. First, you can buy books online via the shop’s page on and have them shipped. Or you can use the store’s page on to get yourself some audiobooks. And finally, if you want something less bookish, you could buy a gift card or some merch from their online shop — or make a donation to their GoFundMe campaign.

5445 Germantown Ave., 215-403-7058,,

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