Reston's Used Book Shop

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.

Operating as usual

2020 National Book Festival  | Events at the Library of Congress  | Library of Congress

20th Annual Library of Congress National Book Festival goes virtual The 20th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival celebrates American Ingenuity with live events and activities, Sept. 25-27, and more than 90 author presentation videos available on demand.

We are now open daily from 11 to 5pm.
We are still not accepting books for purchase or trade credit at this time.
We continue to restrict customers to 5 at a time and masks are required for all 2yrs old and up. Gloves and masks are available upon request.
RUBS Staff - Julie, Grace, Terri
and owners Susan and Bud Burwell
Lake Anne Plaza

... and we have the doors wide open on this beautiful day to welcome browsers

Our facebook feed is flooded with past Jazz & Blues Festival memories 😭-- 2020 you kind of suck! But-- it's beautiful today, so come out and enjoy the Plaza! Jazz & Blues we'll see you in 2021!

Labor Day Weekend
We will be open 11 - 5
We will be waiting for you!

Ray Bradbury Read-A-Thon - Home

Celebrate Ray Bradbury's 100th Birthday Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Ray Bradbury’s birth with a live streamed reading of Fahrenheit 451.

Women’s Equality Day, celebrated every August 26, commemorates the passage of women’s suffrage in the U.S. and reminds us of the hurdles overcome by the heroic women who faced violence and discrimination to propel the women’s movement forward.

In the early 19th century, American women, who generally couldn’t inherit property and made half of a man’s wages in any available jobs, began organizing to demand political rights and representation.

We have this beautiful old book celebrating the history thru bios of many of the activists and published cartoons.

[08/10/20]   Come on Back! We had a great time seeing lots of returning customers hungry for browsing last weekend. Watch this space as we plan to open more days. We continue to require masks for anyone over 2yrs and limit browsers to one family (pod) or up to 5 customers. 100% of our customers are in agreement and patiently wait a couple of mins outside for a browsing 'session'. Thanks all for your continued support.

[08/05/20]   Slowly but Surely! We will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11 to 5pm

[07/31/20]   We miss you! Shop will be open for browsing tomorrow, August 1st from 10 to 2pm.

Take a Break

IF we all can abide by the COVID guidelines, we will have RCC Thursday Night Concerts back!!! Starting July 30th! Presented by Reston Community Center in cooperation with MSE Productions, Inc. and co-sponsored by Lake Anne of Reston Condominium Association. 

[07/19/20]   We have an appt with a customer on Monday 7/20 at 1pm if you want to stop by to browse...

'The Magic School Bus' Series Author Joanna Cole Has Died

Sad news - such a popular series at our shop The 75-year-old author of more than 250 books for children — including The Magic School Bus series, which became a beloved staple of PBS' children's programming, died July 12.

[07/13/20]   Covid Update. We will be open on Saturdays from 10 to 2pm and during the weekdays by appt for curbside pickup. Call 703.435.9772 or email [email protected] to make arrangements. We miss our customers, but we are being very cautious to protect you and our staff. We are not ready to accept your books for sale or trade just yet - thanks for your support.

[07/08/20]   We will be open Sat, July 11th 10 -2pm for browsing!!!

[07/04/20]   Slowly and Carefully... We will be open for browsing today from 10 to 2pm - 3 people or one family at a time. We miss our customers!

Kwame Alexander, neighbor and local author/poet/Newberry Winner will appear with your favorite Sesame Street staff. I guarantee there will be lots of laughter!

Me and my buddies @elmo and from @sesamestreet are gonna turn up tomorrow night on the #NotTooLateShow July 2 on @hbomaxfamily

The Bookshop

We miss all the Saturday Market Music, but this band may lighten your heart. Hope to see some of you this Saturday

Join us for a special edition of The Lockdown Book Show, for a LIVE concert in celebration of independent bookshops everywhere.


Annual Mc Festival is a GO! If you are a craft vendor or food vendor please sign up now! Time is short

Last Call! Reston Multicultural Festival craft vendor, food vendor, entertainment and community organization applications are due tomorrow Friday, June 26. Don’t miss your chance to take part in this year’s festival at Lake Anne Plaza on September 26.

Lake Anne Brew House

What goes well with great BEER? A great BOOK! Order a book bundle from Reston's Used Book Shop, and schedule your pick-up time when you can also pick up cans or growlers TO-GO. We're open (patio too!) Thurs-Fri 4-7pm and Sat/Sun 12-5pm
#strongertogether #lifeonlakeanne #lakeanneplaza #restonsusedbookshop #booksandbeer #readinganddrinking #supportsmallbusiness #locallypoured #craftbeerlove #booklover #reston

Update - we are still closed for browsing. In the meantime, we expanded options for curbside pickup and more Book Bundles. Go to our website and use the Contact form to tell us what books you are looking for. Staff Member Terri will call you with books she's found for you and how you can schedule the curbside pickup. You can also call the shop and leave a message 703.435.9772. We hope to see you in person in the next several weeks.

[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

More Book Bundles - We added more kids books. See these and more on our website.
#kidsbooks #curbside #books

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

We have applied for this grant - if you can, please contribute.
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.

Maks Viktor Antiquarian Books

Just a shelf of books? Take a closer look ...

All credits to artist: Mr. Phil Shaw !!!

Check out this Read- A - Thon Tomorrow, April 11

BookCon is holding a live, virtual read-a-thon on Facebook tomorrow, which will feature more than 25 authors.
The read-a-thon will also invite viewers to make donations to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation. Details in BTW:

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

Parents!!! Check this out.

Reading together is always a great activity, and WeAreTeachers has made it even better with this list of Authors read alongs! 📖

Click the link to get started!

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 ...

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1623 Washington Plz North
Reston, VA

Opening Hours

Monday 11:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 11:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 17:00
Thursday 11:00 - 17:00
Friday 11:00 - 19:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00
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