Reston's Used Book Shop

Gift quality used book shop on Lake Anne - founded 1978 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.


WOW! Restonians Andy Sigle and Kurt Rose are the founders.

Now available in Reston, VA and Herndon, VA! Go to to sign your child up!

By taking the lead, older children often build confidence and critical literacy skills when they read to a younger sibling! (📸: )

Photos from Reston Museum's post 09/30/2022

Photos from Reston Museum's post

Timeline photos 09/06/2022

Banned Books Week is September 18 to 24, but we are featuring them all month.
Our front table has a basket full of banned books, plus we have more than a dozen Stephen King books next to the front door.


Come on out to the 15th Annual Jazz Fest and stop in to check out our music books.

Next Saturday the 15th Annual Lake Anne Jazz & Blues Festival! Do not miss this amazing event.

Photos from Reston's Used Book Shop's post 08/22/2022

Longtime customer Paul donated a chair and wheelbarrow from his childhood. They are perfect for the kids area. Thanks Paul!


Join us for Storytime for Little Historians every Friday 11 am at Reston Museum! We'll read a book about Reston or one of Reston's founding principles. Program is free, everyone who attends will receive a goodie bag.

Timeline photos 08/11/2022

So pleased to offer these leather bound Easton Press classics on the fireplace mantel.


Photos from Reston's Used Book Shop's post 08/04/2022

Pristine boxed set of Harry Potter series


Join us for Storytime for Little Historians every Friday 11 am at Reston Museum! We'll read a book about Reston or one of Reston's founding principles. Program is free, everyone who attends will receive a goodie bag.


Our sentiments exactly!

The writer Umberto Eco belongs to that small class of scholars who are encyclopedic, insightful, and nondull. He is the owner of a large personal library (containing thirty thousand books), and separates visitors into two categories: those who react with “Wow! Signore, professore dottore Eco, what a library you have ! How many of these books have you read?” and the others - a very small minority - who get the point that a private library is not an ego-boosting appendage but a research tool. Read books are far less valuable than unread ones. The library should contain as much of what you don’t know as your financial means, mortgage rates and the currently tight real-estate market allows you to put there. You will accumulate more knowledge and more books as you grow older, and the growing number of unread books on the shelves will look at you menancingly. Indeed, the more you know, the larger the rows of unread books. Let us call this collection of unread books an antilibrary. ~Nassim Nicholas Taleb

(Book: The Black Swan

Timeline photos 07/16/2022

Did you know...? We have a special section for Westerns. Just today we bought a bunch of Louis L'Amore novels.


We have Maus I and II - collectors editions


Not to temp fate-- but we think we're going to make it! Roots Music Festival today!


Join us for Storytime for Little Historians every Friday 11 am at Reston Museum! We'll read a book about Reston or one of Reston's founding principles. Program is free, everyone who attends will receive a goodie bag.


Music Festivals are Back!!!

This Saturday! Roots Music Festival on Lake Anne Plaza! Beer & Wine Garden, Crafts Market, TONS of Fun! Bring a lawn chair and your dancing shoes!


Diaper bag left at our shop Friday


On Saturday bring visiting family to the museum for a guided walking tour, museum, and kid activities. All FREE! Museum is open 10 am to 4 pm. Learn more at


Calling all SF fans! Bud is working thru 3 boxes today !

Timeline photos 06/24/2022

Let your Kiddos create something special with Pat and then stop by our shop to show us.

Here's our wonderful Pat Macintyre with “wishing wands” supplies.

Children’s Crafts classes, free, drop-in at each Sat 10-12 AM

Next up are Flags of all Nations & July 1st (Canada Day) and July 4th(Independence Day) projects.


Music Festivals are Back on the Plaza!

Save the Date! July 9th The Roots Music Festival at Lake Anne Plaza!


We cater to readers of all ages

Photos from Reston's Used Book Shop's post 06/11/2022

School's Out! Check out our basket of 'Fun Things to Do'. Everything from Yo Yo to cooking to paper airplanes.

2022 Craft Market Application 06/09/2022

2022 Craft Market Application


2022 Craft Market Application After completing this application you will receive a link to Flip-Cause for making your payments. CRAFT MARKET BEGINS MAY 14, 2022

Timeline photos 06/08/2022

After more than 20 years, the Harry Potter series is still a best seller at our shop. We just bought a pristine boxed set.

Reston Pride Festival Returns to Lake Anne Plaza On June 4 06/02/2022

Reston Pride Festival Returns to Lake Anne Plaza On June 4

Reston Pride Festival Returns to Lake Anne Plaza On June 4 Visit the post for more.


Now open until 7pm every night

Another sign of summer! We switched to summer hours and will stay open until 7pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday.


I was down at the lake a few days ago, standing and admiring a gaggle of goslings, when a woman came and stood beside me.
“Aren’t they beautiful?” she said.
“They are,” I said. “I can’t quite get over the perfection of them.”
We stood there, marveling together while an adult goose watched us in return.
The woman said, “You wrote The Tale of Despereaux, didn’t you?”
“I did!” I said, turning to her.
“My son loved that book when he was small. He used to go around shouting, ‘Do you think rats do not have hearts? Wrong!’”
“Wow,” I said. “I don’t even remember that line.”
“He’s grown up now,” said the woman. “An engineer. A lovely human being.”
“Tell him I said ‘hello,” I said.
“I will,” said the woman.
When I got back home, I pulled a copy of Despereaux off the shelf and flipped through it, looking for the line about rats and hearts.
It took me awhile, but I found it:

“Did you think that rats do not have hearts? Wrong. All living things have a heart. And the heart of any living thing can be broken.”

I read those lines and thought about the goslings and the goose parent and the woman and her young son who is now grown and oh, all of it.
All the world, all the living things, all the hearts.

Small Business Spotlight: Nordic-Knot 05/23/2022

Small Business Spotlight: Nordic-Knot

Our neighbor on the Plaza gets cookin'! Go Melissa Berkemeier Romano

Small Business Spotlight: Nordic-Knot Kidd O'Shea visited Reston's Nordic-Knot, specializing in hand-made pretzels madefrom all-natural ingredients and hand-milled grains.

Timeline photos 05/06/2022

Now for Sale at our shop

Community is what it is all about: an ode to lake anne
by Cheryl Terio-Simon with Eric MacDicken Cover photo by Charlotte Geary Photography.

Community allows you to take an enlightening journey of discovery through images and personal reflections of Lake Anne Village Center (Lake Anne), the first village of the planned community of Reston, Virginia. Built in the early 1960s, it was the showcase of the new town’s social, architectural, and land-use development innovations. Community illuminates Robert E. Simon, Jr.’s vision and inspiration for Lake Anne and how the architecture and its public art are in service to his vision. All contribute to the ultimate goal of creating a space for community interaction. The book features over 100 photos, including modern and historic, and artwork by renowned Reston artist Pat MacIntyre.

"Cheryl Terio-Simon and Eric MacDicken have created a wonderful book about Reston’s Lake Anne village that will prove an essential guide to understanding the DNA of this magical place. With beautiful photographs and behind-the-scenes stories that explain the design rationale and precedents for its many unique elements, the book contributes much to understanding why this community works so well and feels so different. It is a story of the power of a vision, yes, but also the cumulative effect of so many small but critical design elements that result in the creation of a great place. Impressive also are the many first-hand stories of the lived-experiences of residents who vividly and convincingly bear witness to the success of its founder Bob Simon’s vision and ideas.

"Reston is a gem that continues to inspire and instruct 60 years later. Especially impressive is the blending of architecture, civic space and nature, and I can think of few other places where these qualities have been brought together with such potency and impact. The details made visible in this book are quite remarkable: from the mile markers to the playful Fonseca sculptures, to even the design of light fixtures on the plaza, the book conveys well how a rich and diverse set of design elements comes powerfully together to create this iconic community. Even though I have visited this special place several times over the years, I realize now how much I have missed and how many important things I did not notice. With this book in hand I will not miss them the next time!" – Timothy Beatley, PhD,
School of Architecture, University of Virginia


Another Lake Anne Plaza small business won big! It takes a community!

Nordic Knot is thrilled to announce that we were chosen as a WINNER in the Barclays Small Business Big Wins competition.

Thanks to your amazing support, Nordic-Knot received the second highest number of votes from all businesses across the nation, and will bring home the $40,000 prize!

You are amazing supporters of our small business and we can not even begin to express our thanks!

From the bottoms of our 🥨💙, thank you for believing in us, for loving our pretzels, and for being a part of our community!

Watch the official winners video announcement online at


As a retired FCPS teacher, Bud knows that teachers spend their own money buying supplies and books for their students. This is Teacher Appreciation Week and a reminder that all teachers all year get a 10% discount on books. Pass it on!

Timeline photos 04/28/2022

Timeline photos

The Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta is returning August 13! Learn more at Photo by Charlotte Geary

Timeline photos 04/27/2022

Sunday, May 8th is Mother's Day. Give her the gift of a quiet afternoon with a good book.

Reston's Used Book Shop updated their business hours. 04/24/2022

Reston's Used Book Shop updated their business hours.

Reston's Used Book Shop updated their business hours.


Great books came in today - Penguin Classics

Timeline photos 04/04/2022

Celebrate Poetry Month
Introduce your kids to Poetry at 50% off

Photos from Reston's Used Book Shop's post 04/02/2022

Did you know? We have baskets full of music books and a full bookcase about music.

Photos from Chesapeake Chocolates's post 03/28/2022

Photos from Chesapeake Chocolates's post


Another sure sign of Spring! Peeps on the Plaza!

It's time to gather your peeps and create a diorama for our annual Peeps Contest! Will your peeps be sitting next to "Bronze Bob", boating on Lake Anne, or jogging down a path? Maybe the fluffy treats enjoy the art and sculptures in Reston or one of the many festivals. Bring your creations to Chesapeake Chocolates for display through April 16 - two displays will be awarded delicious prizes.

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1623 Washington Plz North
Reston, VA

Opening Hours

Monday 11am - 7pm
Tuesday 11am - 7pm
Wednesday 11am - 7pm
Thursday 11am - 7pm
Friday 11am - 7pm
Saturday 11am - 7pm
Sunday 11am - 7pm

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