Join Kepler's Books, an Innovative Bookstore with a Social Mission

Current Openings:


Part-time Bookseller

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, and maintain health and safety standards pertinent to the COVID era. You may also have the opportunity to create interesting and topical displays, participate in inventory(s), 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 on our website at https://www.keplers.com/staff_picks.

This position will start as part-time but candidates must be available to work up to 40 hours per week (as needed) during the month of December. Applicants who are not available to work during December will not be considered.

This is an hourly position with compensation ranging from $16-21 per hour, depending on experience. 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 permanent positions with broader roles and responsibilities within Kepler's team.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • A passion for talking with people, especially about books, community, and culture
  • A proclivity for reading across genres 
  • An outgoing personality and excellent customer service skills 
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail 
  • Strong communication skills 
  • The ability to take initiative and self-direct 
  • The ability to follow directions and work with a team 
  • The ability to lift heavy boxes of books 
  • Efficient and resourceful time management skills 
  • Evening and weekend availability 
  • An interest in learning more about the bookselling industry 
  • 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 and/or social enterprises
  • Bachelor's or advanced degree in Literature, Education or related field
  • Experience working with IBID-IE inventory system for books


The health and wellbeing of our staff and customers is a key priority at Kepler’s, and we expect the same level of care and attention from new staff members. You can read about the changes we have made to the store environment to create a safe experience for our staff and customers here: https://www.keplers.com/keplers-reopening

To Apply:

Please send a current resume and cover letter to jobs@keplers.com. Your cover letter should include your thoughts on the following:

a) Explain why you want to work in a bookstore with a social mission.

b) Write about a book you recently read and enjoyed, as well as 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 on our website at www.keplers.com and tell us about the aspects that resonate with you.

d) Please include the hours you are currently available to work, as well as your ideal schedule. Incomplete applications will not be considered for an interview.

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About Kepler’s

Kepler's, based in Menlo Park, California, has been the intellectual and cultural hub of the Silicon Valley community for over 65 years. Kepler's is known for its outstanding literary events, knowledgeable staff, a broad selection of books and magazines, and deep ties to the community, including local schools and non-profit organizations. Kepler's is a social enterprise with a mission, enshrined in our corporate articles and bylaws, 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 the public bus system.

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. This new approach to creating sustainable bookstores has won numerous accolades and received wide coverage in the media, including Stanford Social Innovation Review, Washington Post, and Publishers Weekly. In the last few years, Kepler’s Literary Foundation has produced well attended premier events with Al Gore, Barbara Kingsolver, Margaret Atwood, Bill Nye, Katherine Applegate, Temple Grandin, Rick Riordan, Drew Daywalt, and Oliver Jeffers, and many others.

For more information, please visit www.keplers.com