Current Operations Information & Ordering Help

The bookstore remains closed to the public, due to COVID-19 and major downtown construction (read more HERE). Currently both the Main Street and the Merchant's Row bridges have been removed; there is no vehicular or pedestrian access from north on Main Street or east on Merchant's Row.

We ARE taking orders online, by phone, and by email (this is our order of preference, as all orders must be prepaid by credit card).

Our stall at the Stone Mill Public Market is freshly stocked and open for browsing Wednesday - Saturday, 12p - 5p. Please understand that because of the nature of our business arrangement with the Stone Mill, Vermont Book Shop gift cards are not redeemable there, nor will your purchases count toward our VBS Friends loyalty rewards program. If you wish to redeem a gift card, or feel very strongly about earning loyalty rewards, please contact us to make your purchase directly. Be warned, however, that not all inventory is available in both locations and we will not transfer merchandise simply to accommodate gift card transactions or use of the rewards program. 

Order pick-up unless otherwise pre-arranged, is at Stone Mill, between 12p - 5p, Wednesday to Saturday. The pick-up cart is just inside the streetside entrance and packages are arranged alphabetically by last name. Please wear a mask and repect social distancing etiquette while inside the Stone Mill . If you need to make other arrangements with us, please let us know. 

We are in the Shop and available by phone Monday - Friday, 10a - 4p. We respond to email outside of those hours within reason and to the best of our ability. 

Shipping UPDATE! Please read.

  • Some online orders are experiencing shipping delays or getting damaged or lost in transit, and this is especially true with Media Mail at this time.
  • We have to increase media mail shipping option fee from $1.99 per shipment, to $2.99 per book + .99 for additional books.
  • We are still offering free curbside pickup and complimentary delivery in 05753.
  • USPS Media Mail (2-10 days) — No tracking/uninsured, $2.99 for one book, $.99 for each additional book.
  • USPS Priority Mail (1-3 days) — Tracking/insured, $9.95 for one book, $1.95 for each additional book. 

Ways to order: 

Online: Yay! You're here!

  • The search bar is beneath the banner image at the top of the page. When you think you have found what you want, confirm that you have the right title and edition (i.e., not large print, not a totally different book by the same title...) and click the "ADD TO CART" button for a physical book. Beware the "GET THE DIGITAL AUDIOBOOK" and "GET THE EBOOK" buttons–unless, of course, that is what you want. We can sell you those, too! 
  • Note: a title's product page will indicate if it is "On Our Shelves Now." Good to know if you are in a hurry for something. 
  • If you wish to take advantage of our Self-Serve Pick-Up @ Stone Mill or Complimentary Home Delivery (within the 05753 Zip code), tick the box under Pick-Up Options at Checkout and in the Order Comments box at the very bottom of the page, indicate STONE MILL or DELIVERY and supply any helpful information, such as, "I'll pick up after [date]," or, "Leave on side porch, please." 
  • PLEASE NOTE: Due to our limtited staffing, it may take up to 48 hours for us to conrfirm your order.  We WILL communicate with you via email upon processing. If you don't hear from us, please check your various inboxes (promotions, updates, spam) before calling to inquire. 
  • If you have difficulty placing your order, please do not hesitate to call us!

Phone: 802-388-2061 

  • We do our best to answer the phone between 10 am and 4 pm, Monday - Friday. If we don't pick up, leave a message and we'll return your call as soon as we can. 
  • We now take pre-payment for EVERY order. We accept Master Card, Visa, American Express, and Discover cards, as well as Vermont Book Shop gift cards. Please have your card handy. 


  • You are welcome to initiate your order via email, but again, be aware that we require pre-payment for EVERY order. As sending credit card details over email is not secure, you will need to call us also. If you are confident that we have or can get the book you are ordering, please feel free to leave your credit card details in our voicemail. We need the card number, expiration date, CVV or CID code, and your billing zip code

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The Vermont Book Shop
38 Main Street, Middlebury, Vermont
(802) 388-2061
Monday-Saturday 9:30 - 5:30 | Sunday 11 - 4