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There is no longer a maximum on capacity at our store. We encourage customers to wear masks and sanitize their hands upon entering the store. 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.

Gift certificates and tote bags are available for purchase in store and online.  

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

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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!

We were Spotted by Locals* in Philadelphia! Read more about a visitor's experience here — thanks, Bronwyn.

Joseph Fox Bookshop is partnering with Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia to further the incorporation of books into pediatric care and encourage families to read aloud together. Donate books from this reading list by purchasing them from Joseph Fox.

Joseph Fox Bookshop was established in 1951 as a family-owned and -operated retailer of fine books; literary fiction, nonfiction, architecture, art, poetry, music, small press, and international literature; and books for children of all ages. 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

215.563.4184    //   mfox@foxbookshop.com

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


In memoriam

Madeline Fox

1923 - 2020