Porter Square Books and COVID-19

In order to continue serving our community during the COVID-19 crisis, we have added a number of services. This page will continue to evolve as things with COVID-19 change and develop, so check this page often as well as our main page (where we will update our browsing hours). Sign up to receive our emails for the most up to date information. Real-time changes may be made at any point by managers to ensure safety. Thank you for understanding.

Curbside Pickup (available 3PM-7PM, seven days a week): Free. (Quick curbside note. You'll get an email from us, signed by one of our booksellers, when your order is ready for pickup. If you think your order should be ready, but you haven't gotten that email yet, please contact us at online@portersquarebooks.com instead of checking in at the store itself. Thank you!)

UPS Ground Shipping: $7 for the first item and an additional $1 for each additional item. This method will get to most addresses in 3-5 business days and often in 1-2 if the items you order are in the store. Choosing this shipping method also gives us the ability to have your order ship directly from the wholesaler’s warehouse which can sometimes be faster.

Local Delivery: $5 flat fee. This option will be available to customers who are shipping to Cambridge and Somerville.

Offset Costs Media Mail: $2.80 for the first item and an additional $.30 for each additional item. NOTE: Puzzles, games, gifts, and bundles are not eligible for media mail. Media mail generally takes 5-7 days to arrive but can take as long as 30 days and is uninsured.  

Providing Access: Free Media Mail on Us: Free. We don’t want the cost of shipping to be a barrier to someone getting a book. We also know that many readers will not feel safe to use the curbside pick up option. So, we will continue to provide a free media mail option. If a shipping fee does not present a barrier to you, we encourage you to use one of the other shipping options, as those fees help us cover the cost of free shipping. NOTE: Puzzles, games, gifts, and bundles are not eligible for media mail.

Addition Items Available for Online Ordering
Some puzzles and games will be available for online ordering and delivery to help make the days go by. We're starting to make some puzzles, games, and other fun stuff for kiddos available for online ordes. Click here to see what we have. Please note: Puzzle and board games are not elibigle for media mail. All of our Kobo readers are also available for online purchase and delivery. We will continue to add gifts, items, and other fun stuff as things go along.

Cafe Zing
Cafe Zing is now open for take out orders 8AM-2PM Wednesday-Saturday. We are working with the plaza to create space for safe outdoor seating.

Community
We know we're not just a place where you buy books. We're a place where you browse shelves and chat with friends and neighbors. As people stay home over the next few weeks it can be easy to feel lonely and isolated. So we are going to do as much as we can to make those other aspects of Porter Square Books available to our community. Follow us on InstagramYouTube, Facebook and Twitter for videos of us reading from our favorite books, talking about books, talking about reading, sharing polls and quizzes, storytime for many different ages, and anything else we can think of, so you can see some familiar faces no matter how long you may stay home. We'll also highlight authors whose events have been canceled and continue to have as much fun as we can. We'll also change our newsletter to incorporate a lot more bookish content. Sign up for Shelf Stable, our daily(ish) newsletter of bookish content.