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An Important Message From Bookshop Santa Cruz - COVID-19 Response

March 16, 2020*

Dear friends,

After evaluating the need for the community to isolate, Bookshop Santa Cruz has made the difficult decision to temporarily close our doors to the public. This was one of the hardest decisions in our 53 year history but we feel it is the right thing to do to help our staff, customers and community slow down this virus. However, because we need books now more than ever, we will continue to be open by fulfilling web orders 24/7 and offering curbside pickup at our Front Street doors between the hours of 10am-6pm daily.

Curbside Pick-Up

Seven days a week (Monday-Sunday) you can call 831-423-0900 between the hours of 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM to speak with one of our staff to order and pay via credit card for books and other items for curbside pick-up. Our booksellers are prepared to give book recommendations over the phone as well, though you can also browse a selection of our recommendations here. Any in-stock items will be ready for curbside pick-up immediately. Out of stock items our staff can order, and you will be called once they are available for pick-up (usually within 2-3 business days). When you know your order is ready, please drive up or walk to our entrance at 825 Front Street and give us a call. Our booksellers will then bring out your order to you.

You can also order for curbside pickup at by selecting curbside pickup at checkout. Just wait for our call to confirm your order before heading down to pick up your items. 

$0.99 Local Media Mail Book Shipping

Bookshop Santa Cruz is currently offering a flat Media Mail shipping rate of $0.99 for books shipped to addresses within Santa Cruz County. This offer is good for both orders placed on our website, and orders placed by phone (831-423-0900). An additional $0.65 charge may apply to any books that will be shipped directly from our warehouse to your address. To use this option, please select "$0.99 Local Media Mail" as your delivery option at check-out. Due to the USPS Media Mail guidelines, this shipping rate can only apply to orders that only contain books. Bookshop Santa Cruz also continues to also offer Priority Mail as a shipping option for all customers, as well as the regular Media Mail rate for non-local customers.

Now, more than ever, we need your support. Although we will be furloughing many of our employees, Bookshop is committed to making up the 30% difference in wages so that our staff can continue to live and work in Santa Cruz. By ordering online or doing curbside pickup, you will help us through this difficult time so that we can one day reopen to the public. Thank you.

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day which is also my father’s birthday. As we move into this new model with the community by our side, I think of the Irish quote that adorns a bench we dedicated to my grandparents 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 Owner

*PLEASE NOTE: The Curbside Pick-Up and Delivery options mentioned above remain in place for Bookshop Santa Cruz customers to order books and other items from Bookshop and support us, even while under the Santa Cruz County Shelter In Place order that went into effect on March 17th, and the state-wide California Shelter in Place order effective March 19th. We are available by phone between 10 AM and 6 PM every day, or available via email at We are open 24/7 for online orders right here at get the most immediate updates from Bookshop Santa Cruz, please sign up for our emails, under either "Coupons, sales, and reviews" or "Information on Events" email lists.

You can find Bookshop Santa Cruz's previous updates on our response to COVID-19, with information on March and April events here.