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Current Store Info

The latest COVID-19-related updates:

Hello friends!  We're open for customer browsing or you can place an order right here, on our website. Start with the small box at the top right corner on the home page, above the banner, or the SHOP menu item at the top of this page. If you have questions, need help, or want recommendations, there are several ways to get in touch (see below).

Our current hours are 1pm to 6pm Wednesday through Sunday, and closed every Monday and Tuesday. During these hours we will be open for pick up, phone orders, and limited customer browsing. Scheduling a pickup appointment will not be necessary, but PLEASE wait until you receive an email saying your order is ready for pickup before you come to the shop.

We are taking reopening seriously and with following necessary safety precautions:

  • Face masks are required and must cover nose and mouth

  • All customers must use hand sanitizer when they enter

  • Up to 6 customers allowed in the shop at a time

  • Browsing is limited to 20 minutes

  • Customers must follow social distancing rules by maintaining 6 ft of space around them

  • Restrooms are closed to the public

  • Our pickup window will remain open at the second entrance for those who prefer to not come inside

As always, let us know if you have trouble physically accessing our space. We know it's a difficult space and we'll work with you to get you your order.

Ways to reach us via email: for general information and questions for questions about orders placed on our website for help placing an order or to check on an existing phone order and for Stay-at-home Surprise Packs

Ways to reach us via phone:

Store phone: (202) 290-1636

Leave a voice message and we will do our best to return your call within 24 hours. We'll answer phone calls Tuesday - Sunday from 1 to 6pm. If you can't get through during that time, leave a message and we'll return your call.

Hotline: (202) 539-2554

Need recommendations, information, or just want to share your thoughts on a book? Our adult buyer Emilie is there for you at our book hotline. Text or call; she has direct access to children's buyer Cecilia if you're looking for kids and YA recommendations.

In-store events are canceled until further notice, but check our events calendar for upcoming virtual author events. Many of our book clubs are meeting online.  See specific book club information.

Shipping info:

holiday shipping updates coming soon

We greatly appreciate your continued enthusiasm and support for East City Bookshop!


Our Address

645 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Suite 100
Washington DC 20003

Store Hours - starting Tue, August 4

Tuesday – Saturday: 1 – 6p
Closed: Sunday & Monday

tel: 202.290.1636

Getting Here

Parking: In addition to paid street parking, paid garage parking is available in a Colonial Lot at 600 Pennsylvania Avenue SE (M-F 7am-6pm - $8 for the 1st hour, $15 max. Sat – Sun 7am-5pm $10) and at 777 C St. SE, below Trader Joes's (M-Thur 6am to 11pm . F, Sat, Sun 6am-midnight. $8 for 1st hour, $12 for up to 2 hours, $16 daily max.)

Be advised that on weekends, the two blocks of 7th Street SE north of our location are blocked off for the Eastern Market Flea Market. 

Public Transportation

  • Metro: Blue, Orange, Silver lines @ Eastern Market (½ block); Capitol South (5 blocks)
              Red Line @ Union Station (approx. 1 mile)
  • Metro Bus: Routes 92, 32, 34, 36, 39, 30N, 30S, EM-LP (Circulator)
  • Capital Bike Share: Eastern Market Metro Plaza (½ block)


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I order books through your website?

    • Login or Register your account on the left hand side of the website. 

    • Search for books in the top right corner or by browsing sections of the website:


      • Shop

        • Browse Best Sellers

        • Browse New Releases

        • Browse Favorites

      • Events

        • ECB Book Clubs

      • Kids, Parents, Schools

        • Books We Love for Kids

      • Staff Picks

    • Add items to your cart.

    • Click Checkout.

    • Add required contact, shipping, and payment information necessary to complete your order.

  2. How do I locate non-book items through your website?

    • We are trying to put as many non-book items on our website as possible during this time.

    • Under the Shop tab, you can browse journals and planners, East City merch, and other non-book items. 

    • If you don’t see something you are looking for, give us a call at (202)-290-1636 from 1-5 PM, Monday - Friday.

  1. What is an In-Shop Gift Card?

    • In-Shop Gift Cards can be used when shopping in the store or by placing an order over the phone from 1-5 PM on Monday - Friday. Please note, In-Shop Gift Cards cannot be used as payment for online purchases. 

  2. What is an Online-Only Gift Code?

    • Online-Only Gift Codes are gift codes that work for online orders only; these gift codes cannot be used to make in-store purchases. 

  3. What are Wish Lists?

    • Wish Lists are lists that you can customize for yourself on our website. You can use it as your own to-be-read list or as a gift registry to send to others so that they can shop for you and send books your way. All Wish Lists are searchable on our website under the Shop tab.

  4. How can I tell if you have a book or item in-stock at the shop?

    • Our online inventory is updated once per day, therefore available copies may vary from those seen online. If your order is time sensitive, please call us at (202)-290-1636 (M-F from 1-5 PM) to confirm availability.

    • "On Our Shelves Now” - This message means that based on the last time our inventory was last updated, we had the indicated number of copies at the shop.


    • “Available from Our Distributor”  - This message means that we do not have the item in our store, and will need to order it from our distributor. We sometimes receive items in fewer than five days but current shipping times are hard to predict.
  1. I received a confirmation email. Does this mean that my order is ready to be picked up in-store or has been shipped?

    • No. This just means that we've received your order. An E-Commerce team member will contact you directly within 72 hours of your purchase date to let you know the next steps for your order.

  2. How are orders processed?

    • Every step of our order processing is performed manually by a member of our team. Currently, we have limited staff in store to prioritize staff health. Our staff prints invoices, checks stock availability, orders books as necessary, receives books once they have arrived from our distributor, sends confirmation emails during processing and when the order is fully filled, packs books up, creates mailing labels or pickup labels, and prepares items for in-store pickup or USPS.

    • For many orders, we have all the books and/or non-book items in-stock. In these instances, we can pull all the ordered items from our shelves, and pack up your order for shipment or in-store pickup.

    • Any out-of-stock items will need to be ordered, shipped, and delivered to the shop from our distributor before we can get them to you. Because of the pandemic, orders from our primary warehouse typically take 3-4 business days to reach the shop. Orders from our secondary warehouse typically take closer to 7 business days to reach the shop.

    • The goal of our E-Commerce Team is to email or call you directly about the next steps for your order within 72 hours of your purchase. With COVID-19, we have not been able to always meet this 72 hour goal - know that we are working our hardest.  Please note that our 72 hour processing time does NOT include time it may take for us to receive items from our distributor.

  3. How long will it take once I place an order online? 

    • The length of time it will take for you to receive your order depends on whether we have items in stock, from where we must order items, and your selected delivery method. Know that we are prioritizing getting your order to you!

    • We begin processing all orders within 72 hours of receiving the order (even if confirmation has not yet been sent.) If we have all items on hand, we put them in our shipping or delivery queue, and let you know they are ready for you to schedule an in-store pickup. 

    • If we have to order a book from our primary warehouse, books normally arrive in 2-3 days. With COVID delays this has varied.

    • If we have to order a book/item from our secondary warehouse, it normally arrives within a week. With COVID delays this has varied.

    • As soon as we have all items in our store, the order is prepared for in-store pickup or shipping within 24 hours.

    • If you have selected shipping, it may take up to two business days to receive your confirmation email from USPS.

  4. How can I check the status of my order?

  5. What does my order status mean?

    • “Pending” / “Paypal pending” - Your order has been received and will be processed within 72 hours of your purchase date, in the order in which it was received. 

    • “Processing” - Your order is being processed by our E-Commerce team. Often we are able to pull all your ordered items from our shelves. In other cases, we need to order items from our distributor. An E-Commerce team member will contact you directly about the next steps of your order.

    • “Payment received” - We have processed your order and contacted you about how we have ordered your items or other next steps for your order. 

    • “Ready to Ship” - All of the items of your order are ready to be mailed out to you. Your order is in our shipping queue and will be packaged and shipped as soon as possible.

    • “Available for Pickup - Partial Order” - Part of your order is ready for you to schedule in-store pickup through Schedulicity.

    • “Available for Pickup - Full Order” - All of your items, or the remaining items, are ready for you to schedule in-store pickup through Schedulicity.

    • “Pre-order prepaid” - You have received all the items of your order except for any pre-ordered books that have not been published yet. You will hear from us closer to the book’s publication date.

    • “Completed” - All books have been shipped or picked up.

  6. How does In-Store Pickup work?

    • Here’s a link to our ECB update with all the ins-and-outs regarding scheduling and picking up your order at East City Bookshop!

  7. What if I need to return something?

  8. What forms of payment do you accept online?

    • We accept credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express) and if you're picking up in-store, you may pay in cash.  East City Bookshop gift cards can be used in the store or by calling us on the phone, and East City Bookshop online-only gift codes can be used on our website.

  9. Can I use my Indie Shopper Coupon online?

    • Currently you cannot use an Indie Shopper coupon when ordering online or by phone. Our online payment system does not cooperate with our Indie Shopper account system. Luckily, coupons never expire and you can use them when our store is open to browsing again!

  10. What is the best way to get in touch with an online order question?

  11. What if I have a Surprise Pack question?

    • If you have questions about a Surprise Pack order, please contact and include the name of the person who ordered, the name of the Surprise Pack recipient, and the date it was ordered.

  12. How will I know my order is ready?

    • We will send you a confirmation email when your order is in our shipping queue or is in-store and ready for you to schedule in-store pickup through Schedulicity.

    • If your items are being shipped, you’ll be emailed a tracking number as soon as USPS ships your book in order to track your order through their system.