Reston's Used Book Shop

Buying hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every day except Sunday - please arrive with your books by 1:30pm and no more than 3 boxes. Open for Sales 7 days a Week

Reston's Used Book Shop is the place "Where Books and People Meet." Serving book lovers for more than four decades from its location at 1623 Washington Plaza on historic Lake Anne in Reston, Virginia. Owners Bud and Susan Burwell create a literary living room in the shop for readers of all ages.

[05/19/20]   I will be at the shop today from 1 to 3 - give me a call with your book requests or curated book bundles and I will get them ready for curbside pickup. Staff Member Terri will return on Thursday and Friday 1 to 3pm. 703.435.9772 or contact us from the website

Book Bundles

We are now offering our version of curbside pickup.

Help support RUBS while the shop is closed and keep your reading habit fed by picking up one of the book bundles pictured below and on our website. There’s only one of each, so call today and grab your favorite before someone else does. If you’re interested in purchasing a bundle please call the shop at 703-435-9772 between 1:00pm and 3:00pm Monday-Friday to pay over the phone and schedule a time to stop by and pick up your books. Unfortunately we will not be able to accept cash or store credit for these discounted bundles.
Lake Anne Plaza #usedbooks #reston #usedbookshopsnearme Help support RUBS while the shop is closed and keep your reading habit fed by picking up one of the book bundles pictured below. There’s only one of each, so call today and grab your favorite...

Story Time for Little Historians - The First Forest

Did you miss Alex's Story Time? Today's book is "First Forest"

Here's a link Reston Historic Trust & Museum's Story Time for Little Historians Book provided by Reston's Used Book Shop ( . The First...

American Booksellers Association

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Nothing from SBA yet


To raise necessary funds to #SaveIndieBookstores, the campaign has been extended through Tuesday, May 5. Together, we can save these irreplaceable, vital parts of our communities.

Every gift counts. 💙 Thank you for your generosity.
Book Industry Charitable Foundation

Black Coffee

We are not able to host you in person for Reston Readings Series this Sunday, April 26. Instead we are posting videos of local author readings. This month we are featuring Gregory Luce reading 'Black Coffee' and 3 other poems.

A poem for #InternationalPoetryCircle.

[04/21/20]   Hello FRUBS, We are still closed but we have a new website!
Check it out at We don’t offer online ordering, BUT you can order books from other used book shops. Just go to the ‘Services’ page on our website to see how it works.
Stay Safe, Stay Home.
We will see you soon,
Susan and Bud

Review | Miss going to the bookstore? Here are some books about books to help get you through.

To all our customers who tell us they love to browse in our shop... ‘”Confessions of a Bookseller’” and other wonderful titles remind us of the joys of shelf-browsing.

3-year-old recites poem, "Litany" by Billy Collins

We don't expect this level of cuteness, but please share videos of yourself or your children reading favorite books or peoms

This is my 3-year-old son. He loves poetry and he loves to memorize. Here he is reciting a poem called "Litany" by Billy Collins. Here is the text: "You are ...

Eric Carle reads The Very Hungry Caterpillar

See Eric Carle, the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, reading this classic Puffin picture book out loud. An exclusive glimpse of this incredible book an...

[03/27/20]   COVID-19 UPDATE
Our shop is now closed until further notice. The box of magazines are still sitting outside for free. Last time I checked, there were several copies of National Geographic and other great magazines.

Create a video reading to your kids or reading a passage from your favorite books or poems. Send to me via the 'Send Message' link and I will post on our page for all to enjoy. Each entry posted will receive a gift certificate to be used once we open again.

Stay Home, Wash your Hands and Keep Reading.
Lake Anne Plaza #usedbooks #reston

Read Aloud, "Bear and Bunny Go on a Picnic"

As we work through this together, we will be sending you updates and ideas and an occasional video. This is a site where the author reads from her children's books. - enjoy

Children's story read aloud by the author. This is a simple, heartwarming story of friendship. I am an author, gardener, and Montessori teacher. I hope this ...

[03/19/20]   Dear FRUBS

For the safety of our beloved community and staff, we’ve made the difficult decision to close our shop for at least the rest of the month of March (as of Saturday morning, 3/21). As you can imagine, we cannot ‘deep clean’ our stock of used books, or the antique furniture nor our cash register from the 1880’s. We hope that when they are in quarantine for a couple of weeks, we will be ready to receive you again. I will be posting updates and possibly videos on our page - so please stay in touch.

And if you can buy books or even gift certificates between now and Friday night, that would be greatly appreciated.

Susan and Bud

Lake Anne Plaza #usedbooks #bookshop

[03/16/20]   -COVID-19 Update
We are actively monitoring all updates from local, state and federal organizations. We consider Reston’s Used Book Shop a community resource and gathering place but must act with an abundance of caution to protect our staff and our community.

For now…
-We are not accepting your books for sale or trade until further notice.
-We have canceled the 5th Sunday Bluegrass Jam for March 29th.
-We will reschedule the Reston Reading series for March.
-All OLLIE classes have been postponed or cancelled.
We will keep you posted on any further changes via social media and you are most welcome to call the shop 703.435.9772 for updates.

We are so grateful for your continued support as we navigate these difficult events together.
RUBS Staff
Susan and Bud

And finally, as one Lake Anne business suggested... Stop hoarding toilet paper and start hoarding books!

[02/14/20]   So pleased to have a new restaurant on Lake Anne Plaza

New App Lets You Hear Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales in Original 14th-Century English

Shall we have a Chaucer evening? Monty Python member Terry Jones—who wrote two books on Chaucer—contributed to the app before his death in January.

Reston Now

Thanks Reston Now for the shout out. Check out these books about Reston in our shop on Lake Anne Plaza

In a hunt for good local reads, Reston Now has recently been reaching out to Reston and Herndon book stores for book suggestions about local history or written by local authors.

Reston’s Used Book Shop weighed in with its top local picks for book lovers — all of which can be found on the shop’s shelves at 1623 Washington Plaza

Poll: Which Reston Village Center is Your Favorite? Now that spring has finally arrived, warmer weather will invite locals outside to mill around Reston's many shopping areas. While Reston has an abundance of stores at Plaza America, Reston Town Center and the Spectrum, one of Reston's unique design elements lies in its mix of residential and reta

Perspective | A new report shows reading for fun declines between ages 8 and 9. How can we stem the tide?

Feel free to ask us to help your child pick great books to read for fun. Scholastic's 2018 survey shows 57 percent of 8-year-olds say they read books for fun 5 to 7 days each week. But only 35 percent of 9-year-olds report similar reading habits.

Lake Anne Plaza – Living Local

Our shop has been on Lake Anne Plaza for over 40 years. If you dream of your own business, check out the leasing opportunities. Stop by to chat with me about opening your business here. Home Lake Anne was the first Village Center built as part of Robert E. Simon’s planned community, Reston. Today the Plaza sits in a Historic Overlay District, and is home to a diverse and vibrant community. Residents of the Lake Anne Village area, and Reston as a whole, are committed to local livi...

[02/20/19]   Enjoy your Snow Day
We will be open tomorrow

[01/30/19]   We are now closed but will reopen tomorrow at 10 am

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1623 Washington Plz North
Reston, VA

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 19:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 19:00
Thursday 10:00 - 19:00
Friday 10:00 - 19:00
Saturday 10:00 - 19:00
Sunday 12:00 - 19:00
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