Bookselling in a Pandemic

Hello, friends.

As you may know, West Side Books closed its doors to customers on March 16th, 2020, in support of social distancing efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 — but we’re still here, ready to connect you with your next good book!

We’ve been a pretty low-tech, hands-on, face-to-face kind of place since our founding in 1997, so we don’t currently have a system for selling our books online. Setting one up is #1 on our list of Pandemic Projects. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, we’re turning to a few simpler options:


Someone will be in the store Monday through Saturday from 11am-4pm to take book orders by phone (303-480-0220) and respond to book orders emailed to You can also use our book search form.

We’ll post pictures on our social media accounts of books we have in stock, ready to ship — and of course, we’ll happily order any titles we don’t currently have. This may not be fast-as-lightning instant gratification, but it will keep us all in (virtual) touch and keep us all reading.


Gift certificates are available in the amounts of $10, $25, $50, $75, and $100.

Please select one:

We’ll mail the certificate to you (or your chosen recipient, with a personal message from you), and you can redeem it either post-pandemic, when our doors are open again, or sooner by emailing or calling us.


We’re excited to have partnered with to make it possible for you to buy audiobooks directly through West Side Books. Browse the catalog of over 100,000 audiobooks, including New York Times bestsellers, by visiting

Overwhelmed by the selection? Check out our audiobook staff recommendations!


We are also accepting donations. This will be a trying time for us, and if you feel able to support us while we catch our footing, we’d appreciate it immensely. 🙂

Take care, everyone, and keep reading.