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Bookshop's Response to COVID-19

Update: May 25, 2020—Governor Newsom has just announced that in-store retail shopping may resume statewide—but that reopening is subject to approval from county health departments. Currently, the County of Santa Cruz has not lifted those restrictions. In addition, in order to maintain the highest levels of safety for our employees and our customers, Bookshop will not resume in-store shopping until we feel like we have put into place all of the steps to make Bookshop as safe as we can be. Don't worry—you'll be the first to know when our doors reopen! In the meantime, we wouldn't be here without your orders and your support. Our booksellers are standing by to get books in your hands via our website ( and phone orders, 10:00-6:00 daily (831-423-0900) for curbside pickup or shipping to your homes. Thank you for your support!

Dear Readers,

During this national health crisis, Bookshop Santa Cruz will be closed to the public but will remain open with curbside pickup (10am-6pm daily) and online ordering 24/7. (Details here.) Bookshop is usually open 363 days of the year and has only closed once before, due to the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. However, the safety of our staff, customers, and community comes first. As our customers self-isolate, we know you will need books, puzzles, games, and kids’ educational toys and workbooks now more than ever. That is why we hope you will continue to support us with ordering online (anytime) or by phone (831-423-0900) between 10:00am–6:00pm each day, and shipping to your door or picking up curbside. 

As we move into this new model with the community by our side, I think of an Irish quote that adorns a bench we dedicated to my parents on West Cliff Drive: "Keep your face always towards the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you." The community's support is our sunshine and is what is sustaining us at this time.

Please take care, stay safe, and stay in touch.

Casey Coonerty Protti
Bookshop Santa Cruz