Kepler's Books is hiring part-time booksellers for weekends and evenings. Kepler's is known for its outstanding literary events, knowledgeable staff, broad selection of books and magazines, and for 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 cultural enrichment for our community. Kepler's is located next door to the popular Cafe 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, 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 small, creative, and innovative place to work, and if you're committed to books and bookselling, we want to talk to you.

These are hourly positions with compensation of $15-$17 per hour. In addition, you will be eligible for PTO (paid time off), staff discounts on books and merchandise, and profit sharing.

Ideal candidates will have/be:
  • A passion for talking with people about books, and a proclivity for reading across genres
  • Outgoing personality and strong communication skills
  • Efficient and resourceful with their time
  • Organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Self-directed and proactive
  • Ability to lift heavy boxes of books
  • Excited about working nights and weekends (Kepler's is open daily Mon-Sat 9am-10pm, Sunday's 9am to 8pm, 363 days a year)


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
  • Previous experience working in a bookstore 

Please include in your application a current resume, cover letter and why you would want to work in our book store. Also let us know about a book you have read and how you would sell it to a customer. 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.