Kepler's Reopening

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Hello everyone!

Kepler’s will be open for browsing and shopping starting today. Our new store hours will be:

  • 10am-6pm Tuesday to Friday
  • 10am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday

Our plaza pickup service will also be available during the same hours and we will be answering phones during all open hours. We will remain closed on Mondays for restocking, cleaning, and ongoing planning and training. 

We are excited to be reopening and we have been waiting for over five months to be able to welcome you back inside your bookstore. Please read this special welcome note from our buyer Aggie Zivaljevic. Our team has done a ton of research on best practices for retail shopping and made many changes to the bookstore so we can offer a safe experience for our community. 

We have to be honest. In our assessment, the public health conditions are not what we had hoped for. We wish that our country, our state, and the local bay area counties had done a better job of controlling the pandemic like so many other places in the world have been able to do. As a result, all of us will need to continue being very cautious as we take this big step forward. 

Here are some of the major changes we have made to create a safe store experience for you:

  1. We are going to limit the number of customers inside the bookstore at any time to 20, including no more than 2-3 families in the kids' section. This is far more conservative than our legally allowed limit of up to 25% of our store’s capacity.
  2. We’ve redesigned the store layout to facilitate social distancing between staff and customers. The main store entrance will now be from the outdoor plaza closer to our new neighbor, Flegels Home Furnishings. Our old main entrance, near Café Borrone, will be used primarily for customers picking up their online orders and phone orders.
  3. We’ve upgraded the filters in our four air-conditioning units to MERV-13 medical grade filters that do a better job of catching particles carrying Coronavirus.
  4. We’ve developed and implemented a comprehensive plan based on the latest information available from the CDC, OSHA, and the State of California.
  5. Our staff has been trained in providing the highest level of customer service possible while practicing safe behaviors.
  6. Like most retail stores we are not accepting cash payments and our restrooms are not open to the public.

Here’s what we are asking you to do as we begin this new journey:

  • If you are feeling healthy and ready to browse, please grab your mask and come see us.
  • If you prefer orders shipped to your home or curbside pickup, please shop through our website 24x7, call us at 650-324-4321 during store open hours, or email us anytime at
  • If you are feeling unwell or experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19 or have any reason to believe you might have been exposed to this infection, please quarantine yourself till your doctor gives you the green light for being out in the public

Since many of you are planning summer activities, here are the top books you might find useful on hiking, camping, biking, outdoor skills, running, comfort cooking, mixology, and fixology.

We are regularly adding new books, new reviews, and curating new book collections on our website, so please continue to visit us online to buy books, buy gift cards, and renew/start your Literary Circle membership. You might enjoy our buyer’s monthly picks, new books from our front tables, New York Times bestsellers, and our new kids’ corner.

We appreciate your ongoing support and look forward to seeing you soon.