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Many thanks to everyone who has supported Joseph Fox Bookshop in this difficult year. As we move into the Holiday Season the challenges will be even greater. The shop will not be packed with eager holiday shoppers, but we are all here to help, and truly appreciate your continued support. Thank you for shopping at your favorite independent bookshop and all other stores in the community; so we can have a community when this is all in the past!

- Michael and Judi Fox

We are open to browsing customers 10am to 6pm, Monday through Saturday, and until 7pm on Wednesday. We will allow a maximum of four customers in store at any given time. We request all customers wear masks and sanitize their hands upon entering the store — we have a sanitizing station at the entrance. If you have been symptomatic in the past two weeks, or exposed to anyone with COVID-19, please do not enter the store.

We also offer a contactless pickup option. Call us at 215-563-4184 or use our website to place an order. We will prepare your order and collect payment prior to pickup. When you’re ready to collect your order, please give us a call and we will bring your order to the door. We encourage customers to use this option whenever possible.

Looking for holiday shopping recommendations? We will be happy to help based on the information you provide in this form.

Gift certificates are available for purchase in store and online.

If you have any questions, please check out our FAQ.

Thank you for your support and patience in these unprecedented times. We will continue to reassess and update our policies in order to safely accommodate customers. We look forward to serving our community. Stay well!

Joseph Fox Bookshop was established in 1951 as a family-owned and -operated retailer of fine architecture books. Since then, we have expanded our purview to include all genres — with an emphasis on trade fiction and nonfiction, architecture, art, small press, and international literature. We proudly provide books for the Free Library of Philadelphia's Author Events series, which brings some of the biggest names in literature, academia, and politics to the city of brotherly love.

It has been our joy to bring books to Philadelphia for the past seventy years. We hope to see you in our store sometime soon!

1724 Sansom Street  Philadelphia, PA 19103

Monday-Saturday 10:00-6:00

Wednesday 10:00-7:00

215.563.4184    //   mfox@foxbookshop.com

Joseph Fox, pictured above, founded the bookshop in 1951.


In memoriam

Madeline Fox

1923 - 2020