What Rhode Island Bookstores Are Offering Right Now

Catch up on your reading while helping your local Indie retailer


While Independent Bookstore Day has been officially postponed to August 29, let’s be rebels and celebrate anyway. We’ve compiled a statewide list of booksellers offering curbside pickup, delivery, and more, mostly pulled from our COVID-19 Rhody Resources. Also help support your favorite small businesses during this time by purchasing gift certificates.

Barrington Books - Free home delivery within local service areas or curbside pickup, and parents can reach out to staff about books and activities for kids while they’re home from school. Reach the Cranston store at 432-7222, or Barrington at 245-7925.

Books on the Square - Call 401-331-9097 to place your order and pay over the phone. Pull into the parking lot, call the store, and staff will bring your order out to you.

Brown Bookstore -  Closed to the public temporarily, but processing orders in-store M-F 10-4 (401-863-3168). Online orders ship for free through May 29.

Cellar Stories Bookstore - Closed to the public until further notice but keeping office hours, so email, call or order on the website and they will ship anywhere in RI for free; $2 anywhere else in the US. A Rhody Gem.

Inkfish Books - Call, email, or text for curbside pickup, delivery in Warren, and shipping in RI. Order not-in-stock books to be shipped from elsewhere, purchase gift cards, or find out about personal shoppers and audiobooks. 401-368-6827,

Island Books - Island-wide delivery at the store from 11am-3pm Monday-Saturday to recommend books over the phone or via email, process on-line orders, run out to your car to give you your books, puzzles, cards etc. After 3pm they will make free front-door deliveries locally and/or get your orders shipped out. If you order on-line and want parking lot pick-up or local delivery please choose 'pick up at store' at check-out and we will be in touch when your books are in to arrange pick-up and/or delivery.

Island Bound Bookstore - Taking phone/email/web orders. Can make book recommendations over the phone. Visit Instagram page for updates and shipping information.

Paper Nautilus - Temporarily closed but in the shop daily to process orders. Email requests and browse posts. A Rhody Gem!

Riffraff Bookstore + Bar - Temporarily closed but taking online orders online.

Savoy Bookshop & Cafe - Offering free media mail shipping on books; also curbside pickups and local deliveries. Visit website and follow on Instagram at bsb_savoy for updates. 

Stillwater Books - Encouraging website orders: Pick-up or ship. Also providing free phone consultations to writers looking for a publisher at 401-475-1979.

Symposium Books - Proudly partnered with @dashdelivery since 2017, doing delivery of book orders to customers in the Providence area.

The Book Nerd - Call to order at 401-337-5228, message, or e-mail at Free delivery (Barrington). Missing You gift bags, gift certificates, and special orders.

Twenty Stories - Shop online. Offering home delivery for Providence addresses and media mail across the country.

Wakefield Books - Closed to the public but shop online 24/7; staff available to help during most daytime hours. Call 401-792-0000 to place an order to ship or to take advantage of curbside pickup.

Did we miss your favorite? Email Elyse@ProvidenceOnline with the business name, URL, and 1-2 lines of what is being offered at this time. We’re all in this together, Rhody!


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