COVID-19 Update

April 16: When our Fedex guy came in with only one of the two boxes we were expecting today, he threw up his hands and said "the supply chain is broken everywhere!" That's it in a nutshell. The national book wholesaler and the publishers are working furiously to fill orders with fewer people in the warehouse due to social distancing guidelines. We appreciate your patience!

March 30: In his March 30 press briefing, Governor Northam continues to say that businesses like Prince Books may remain open to customers as long as we practice social distancing. We are currently processing many online, email and phone orders, and we continue to receive boxes from our wholesaler and publishers. You are welcome to request curbside delivery, or you may come into the store. We spray the counter and the doors throughout the day. Please continue to order from us! Thank you for your business.

For now, Prince Books intends to remain open. If you would like a book and don't want to come into the store, please call us with your book request and credit card number, (or place order at, tell us that you would like us to bring your purchase out to your car. Park on Martin's Lane next to the back door, and call us so we can run your purchase out to you. 

 In the meantime we'll be closing daily at 5 p.m.  Thank you for your business!

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About Us

Prince Books, open since 1982 in downtown Norfolk, is located on the corner of Main Street and Martin's Lane in the Towne Bank Building one block from Town Point Park and the Elizabeth River, conveniently situated between Waterside and Nauticus.

We offer an intelligent selection of fiction in hardcover and paperback, sections on poetry, history, biography, boating, travel, and a complete children's section. You may also enjoy perusing our books on home design, cookbooks and spirituality. Current events is one of our strengths!

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