The pandemic is a good time to curl up with a good book, or maybe a stack of them. And it’s also a good time to support local independent bookshops Shop in person or online to buy new books and gift cards — and sometimes, even audiobooks.

And if you don’t 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:



This East Passyunk shop is open as well as 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. Open Wed. 3-6 p.m., Thurs.-Sat. 12-6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 1726 E. Passyunk Ave. [map], 267-764-1202,,

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 open and also 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. Open Tues.-Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., 2578 Frankford Ave. [map], 215-427-3300,,

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. Open Tues.-Fri 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun. 12pm - 5 p.m. 709 S. 4th St. [map], 215-592-1207,,

Mount Airy’s Big Blue Marble Books is open as well as accepting orders via phone (11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thurs.-Sun.), 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 and book subscriptions are available. Open Tues.-Sun. 3-5:30 p.m., phone orders 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 551 Carpenter Lane [map], 215-844-1870,,

Located in West Philadelphia, Hakim’s was founded in 1959 and is considered the city’s first African American bookstore. The shop is open as well as selling through its online store, where you can place orders to have books shipped to your home. Open Mon., Wed. and Fri. 12- 6 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 210 S. 52nd St. [map], 215-474-9495,,

This woman-centric Fishtown bookshop, named for abolitionist Harriett Tubman, is open, or you can order books or the shop’s cool merch for shipping via its online store. Open Thurs.-Sun. 12-6 p.m., 258 E. Girard Ave. [map], 267-241-2617,,

Nestled between Society Hill and Queen Village since 2005, this shop is open as well as 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. Open by appointment or for curbside pickup Tues.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., 619 S. 2nd St. [map], 215-923-9525,,

There are a few ways you can support this Germantown shop, which former CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill launched in 2017. You can shop in person, or buy books online 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 — or make a donation to their GoFundMe campaign. Open Tues.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Fri.-Sat 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 5445 Germantown Ave. [map], 215-403-7058,,


Montco readers are in luck thanks to Narberth Bookshop, which is open and also taking orders for delivery via email (The shop delivers to Bala Cynwyd, Merion, Wynnewood, Ardmore, and, of course, Narberth.) You can also become a member to support the shop and get discounts on books year round.. Open Tues.-Sun 12-5 p.m., 221 Haverford Ave., Narberth [map], 610-664-1112,,

Elkins Park’s Open Book Bookstore is open by appointment for browsing or consultations, and providing local delivery of prepaid, in-stock titles, and shipping books to farther-flung customers via its page. And you can get audiobooks via their partnership with, or purchase digital e-books from the shop. The store is also allowing customers to put money down for future purchases, and accepting donations — or you can purchase a gift certificate, which will be mailed to you. Open Tues.-Fri. 12–5:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 12–3:30 p.m., 7900 High School Rd., Elkins Park [map], 267-627-4888,,

This Phoenixville shop is open daily, for in-store and curbside pickup. You can also buy books online through its page, which will get your books shipped to you. Or if you’re more into audiobooks and still want to support them, check out their page on But if you want to support them now and shop later, gift cards are available. Open daily 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 234 Bridge St., Phoenixville [map], 484-920-3695,,

This Bucks County bookstore — which has a sister store, the Lahaska Bookshop, in Peddler’s Village — is open for in-person shopping and taking book orders online. You can also support them by purchasing gift cards online. Open Mon.- Wed. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Thurs.- Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., 16 S. Main St., Doylestown [map], 215-230-7610,,

Wayne’s Main Point Books open for in-person and appointment-only shopping, and taking online orders and shipping directly from its warehouse. Gift cards are available, as are audio books via the shop’s partnership with Open Mon-Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (appointments only between 10-11 a.m.), Sun. 12-4 p.m., 116 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne [map], 484-580-6978,,

New Jersey

Haddonfield’s Inkwood Books is open for in-person and appointment-only shopping as well as selling books through their website. Gift cards are available online, as well as audiobooks via their partnership with Open Mon- Sat 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. open for appointment only 10-11 a.m., 5-6 p.m., 106 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield [map],,

This Princeton shop is open for in-person shopping, and also taking phone orders and offering curbside pickup. Gift cards are available and can be purchased via phone. Open Mondays for phone and curbside pickup only, Tue.-Wed. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 122 Nassau St., Princeton [map], 609-497-1600,,

This Mount Laurel shop is open, and suggests reaching out to them via their social media channels if you want to buy something online. The store’s Facebook and Instagram accounts regularly feature select titles for sale, and says that orders can be mailed or picked up curbside. Additionally, Second Time posts books for sale on eBay. Open Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 114 Creek Rd., Mount Laurel [map], 856-234-9335,,