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8 Main Street  Amherst, MA 01002   ·  413.256.1547 ·  800.503.5865 · books @ amherstbooks.com   
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March 26, 2020 (updated on May 22nd)

Dearest Friends of Amherst Books:

We'll be closed Monday, May 25th, for Memorial Day

Due to the COVID-19 business restrictions set forth by the Baker/ Polito Administration, Amherst Books has had to severely limit business at this time.   Bookstores have been deemed “nonessential” during this state of emergency & we have been forced to send all of our employees home with no true certainty of when or if they can return.

With that said, we are still committed to getting books in the hands of readers, & we could use your help now more than ever!   Read the information below to find out how you can still get books from us & help secure the future of our business.


—Reach us by email only at books@amherstbooks.com.   For the time being we've been checking our email every weekday; please include a list of the books you want, as well as your telephone number

—Note: we are here for responding to emails, telephone calls, & for curbside pickup, from roughly 9:00am until 2:00pm Monday through Friday

—You can search our stock by using the search bar in the left-hand column

—We can now special order many books, though it can often take a week to ten days for them to come in

—If we can’t special order a book or if time is of the essence, we recommend Bookshop.org.   There you can associate your order with Amherst Books & we’ll get a cut.

—All orders placed through us will be delivered by hand if you’re in the area or shipped via USPS media mail for free or by priority mail for a charge of $8.25; curbside pick up is now available.   Books must be paid for by credit card over the telephone in advance of pickup

We truly believe that books & bookstores are essential—especially in times of crisis.  If you would like to order a book but have a financial hardship, please reach out to us via email & we will try our best to make accommodations.

We wish you & yours many healthy returns.

Sincerely yours,

Shannon & Nat

“The greatest gift is a passion for reading.  It distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world & experience of a wide kind.   It is moral illumination.” - Elizabeth Hardwick

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