Book Bank Reloaded

It’s Phase 2 here in Alexandria, and that means its time to reopen for something close to normal operations, but with mandatory face masks (we have disposable masks available), attention to the 6 foot social distancing requirements, and plenty of hand sanitizer available! We’re calling it:


We’re RESTOCKED with much more inventory no one has seen before (except those few appointment shoppers during our hiatus from regular business).

We’ve REDESIGNED our aisles, particularly on the nonfiction side of the store, for easier traffic patterns and better use of space and a much larger children’s/YA area.

And we’re REALLY REALLY glad to see you back again!

We have updated our available hours (look to the right of this post); we have general open hours as usual, but are still reserving two hours in the mornings for people who would prefer to have the store to themselves. We are sanitizing the general areas each evening after closing, and the table in the middle of the store is open for book sanitizing – if you pick up a book and decide not to purchase it, please place it on the table so we can wipe them down at the end of the day.

Over the last two months, we’ve learned that putting orders together is fun, but time-consuming, and we just could not keep up with the all the communication. To try and combat that issue, we are still going to offer to put together orders (which can be submitted at any time), but will assemble them on Mondays and Thursdays only.

The pandemic is exhausting for everyone. We appreciate all the people who have reached out with orders, appointments, and support, and we’re sorry we haven’t been able to give all of you the service you deserve. We’re trying to find ways to make that more feasible. Thank you for your patience with us.





Social Distancing and Books

We are closed at present, to maintain social distancing, but we also want people to have books available while stuck in isolation (as well as survive as a business, of course). You can contact us by email or Facebook messenger, as we’ll be checking both regularly during the day. We have a few options available, if you need books:

1. We can set up an appointment time for you to come in and shop (we have disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer available).

2. You can ask us to check for specific books for you. If we have them in stock, we’ll let you know.

3. If you feel adventurous, you can give us a genre or topic, and we can put together a mix of books for you at whatever price you set for us.

For the last two options, we can either 1) schedule a pick up, 2) drop the books off for you if you’re local, or 3) mail the books if you’re further out. We can call you and accept a payment over the phone, or we have a paypal account.

If you don’t need books at present, but would like to support us, we also have gift certificates available.

These are strange times. Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy…and keep reading.

–Rachel Baker (owner)

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Update about the coronavirus

We are currently still open. We have hand sanitizer by the register for employees and customers to use, and are watching updates on the situation. If the city/county recommends closing, we will do so at that time.

All employees have been notified that they can stay home if they would prefer; I will make sure they are still financially covered for any missed shifts.

We are a small business with limited revenue, but it helps no one if we aren’t doing our part to keep our employees and customers healthy and safe.


And unrelated to COVID-19: We are not buying any books next week in the store; we are slammed with books to process, and need a little breathing room to catch up. We’ll resume our usual buying policy on Wed, March 25th.


—Rachel Baker (owner)

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