Kepler's Reopening

Hello everyone!

Our current store hours are:

  • 10am-7pm Tuesday to Saturday
  • 10am-6pm on Sunday and Monday (Last Monday of each month 10am - 4pm)
Our current phone hours are: 10am-6pm: 7 days a week

Our plaza pickup service is also available during the same hours. 

Bumblebee imageOur 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. 

Photo of booksellers in the sourceHere are some of the major changes we have made to create a safe store experience for you:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. We’ve developed and implemented a comprehensive plan based on the latest information available from the CDC, OSHA, and the State of California.
  4. Our staff has been trained in providing the highest level of customer service possible while practicing safe behaviors.
  5. Like most retail stores, our restrooms are not open to the public.

Here’s what we are asking you to do:

  • 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

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.