Happy New Year 2019!


Join Kepler's Books, an innovative bookstore with a social mission

Compensation: $15-$19 per hour, depending on relevant experience and qualifications Employment type: part-time and full-time roles available.

Kepler's has been the intellectual and cultural hub of the community for over 60 years. Kepler's is known for its outstanding literary events, knowledgeable staff, broad selection of books and magazines, and deep ties to the community including local schools and non-profit organizations. Kepler's is the first bookselling institution in the US to pioneer an innovative hybrid business model that includes a community-financed bookstore, and a non-profit organization that produces a rich roster of literary events with leading intellectuals and writers. Kepler's is a social enterprise with a mission to provide public education and cultural enrichment for our community. Kepler's is located next door to the popular Café Borrone and is conveniently accessible by Caltrain and public bus system.

As a bookseller, you will work on the retail store floor to help customers find and purchase great books, share information about our programs and events with customers, manage store sections, make buying recommendations, create interesting and topical displays, and handle a variety of back-office activities including receiving and returns. Kepler's is a creative and innovative place to work, and if you're committed to books and bookselling, we want to talk to you. You can see profiles of our current staff here.

We are hiring for hourly positions with compensation of $15-$19 per hour, depending on relevant experience and qualifications. In addition, you will be eligible for PTO (paid time off), staff discounts on books and merchandise sold at Kepler's, and profit sharing. We prefer promoting from within and successful candidates will have opportunities for bigger roles and responsibilities within Kepler's team.
Ideal candidates will have/be:

  • A passion for talking with people about books, and a proclivity for reading across genres
  • Outgoing personality and excellent customer service skills
  • Organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Efficient and resourceful with their time
  • Strong communication skills
  • Self-directed and proactive
  • Ability to lift heavy boxes of books
  • Excited and available to work nights and weekends (Kepler's is open daily Mon-Sat 9am-10pm, Sunday's 9am to 8pm, 362 days a year)
  • Previous experience working in a bookstore or library

In addition, these qualifications are preferred but not required:

  • Commitment to a long-term career in bookselling
  • Bachelor's or advanced degree in Literature, Education or related field
  • Experience working with IBID-IE inventory system for books
  • Experience and interest in using social media

Please apply with a current resume and a cover letter. Your cover letter should include the following:

a) Explain why you want to work in a bookstore with a social mission.
b) Write about a book you read and enjoyed recently, what type of customers this book might appeal to, and how you would talk about this book with customers.
c) Please spend some time reviewing Kepler’s history and mission and recent news and tell us about the aspects that resonated with you.

Incomplete applications will not be considered for an interview.

Send applications to keplersjobs@gmail.com


Kepler's was founded in May 1955 by peace activist Roy Kepler. For 61 years, Kepler's has been the intellectual and cultural hub for the San Francisco peninsula. Kepler's is known for its outstanding literary events, knowledgeable staff, its broad selection of books and magazines, and for its deep ties to the community.

Kepler's went through a planned transition in 2012 during which the business was re-started in a hybrid business model that includes a for-profit community-supported bookstore and a nonprofit events organization. Kepler's vision is to continuously innovate to create a model community bookstore for the future that can be a sustainable cultural institution. More information about Kepler's recent transition can be viewed at www.keplers2020.com

Kepler's management team continues to be guided by its founder's mission to open minds, deepen literacy, and promote critical thinking.