Lodging and Local Info

cville-albemarleIn addition to the local literary-related resources listed below, the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau has a wealth of information to help you plan your trip to the Charlottesville area:

The Albert & Shirley Small Special Collections Library


The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library is a state-of-the-art facility to preserve and provide public access to the Library’s rare books and manuscripts collections. It offers a permanent Exhibit Gallery as well as a spacious and elegant Reading Room.

Jefferson Madison Regional Libraries


Jefferson-Madison Regional Library serves a population of 187,000 residents, with nine locations and Bookmobile services to rural Albemarle County and institutions. With combined holdings of over 400,000 items, the library circulates over 1,450,000 items annually.

U.Va. Library


The University Library facilitates research, teaching, and learning by providing:

  • easy access to superb collections, information and services
  • physical places that welcome research, study, and discourse in an environment in which people and ideas are respected.

The Virginia Center for the Book publishes a calendar of literary events across the state of Virginia. Find an event near you or submit a book discussion, poetry reading, or other event to the calendar.


100 East Main Street

Toys for all ages and books for children, from birth to age 11.

Atlas Comics

1750 Rio Hill Center
Charlottesville, VA 22901

With more than 75,000 comics in stock, we are Central Virginia’s store-front provider of new and back-issue comic books, role-playing games, Japanese Manga, and anime.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers

1035-A Emmet Street
Charlottesville, VA 22903
A great bookstore is a reflection of its community–a place where people of all ages come to discover, learn, listen, or relax. Located in Charlottesville’s oldest and busiest shopping center, we offer books of all subjects, gifts, community events, and cafe.

Blue Whale Books

115 Main Street West
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Blue Whale Books buys and sells Used and Rare Books, Original Prints, and Antiquarian Maps in impeccable condition, no matter how old or fragile. Our knowledgeable staff has an extensive reference library at its disposal to assist the novice and experienced alike in their collecting endeavors or appraisal needs.

The Book Broker

114 Bollingwood Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Antiquarian book business buying and selling books, manuscripts, and ephemera relating to Virginia whose stock also includes a variety of fine books. Forty years experience conducting appraisals for estate, insurance, and tax purposes. By appointment only.


Book orders for schools and businesses.

The Book Room

440 Twenty Ninth Place Court
Charlottesville, VA 22901
(434) 973-1525

New and Used Books. 25% off new. 50% off used. 10%-75% off audio books. Trading service available. Specializing in bestsellers and contemporary fiction. Large selection of mystery, science fiction/fantasy, urban, western, and all genres of romance. Open since 1978 with over 40,000 books.

Clover Hill Books

PO Box 8372
Charlottesville, VA 22906

We are a mail order firm, established in 1983. We specialize in 20th century British and American literature, poetry, literary criticism, and biography about 20th century writers, and we have a small selection of older gardening books as well.

Daedalus Bookshop

123 Fourth St, NE
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Three floors of out-of-print books, open every day, specializing in fiction. 100,000 books. The Washington Post described the Daedalus Bookshop as “a three-story temple of secondhand lit, a bibliophile’s church tucked away on a curling side street.” Books from floor to ceiling.

E. Wharton & Co.

Box 970
Crozet, VA 22932

E. Wharton & Co. offers literary first editions of the 19th c. through the present, featuring women writers, original women’s rights material, items related to women and women’s issues, decorated trade bindings, cookery and, occasionally, movable and pop-up titles. Member, the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America. Catalogs and lists issued. Meetings by appointment.

Franklin Gilliam: Rare Books

218 West South Street
Charlottesville, VA 22901

ABAA Member. Rare and antiquarian stock in many fields. Hours: Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Calling ahead is strongly suggested.

Friends of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library

Two large book sales a year. Check website or call for specific dates for the spring or fall sale.
Proceeds benefit programs at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.
Donations accepted year-round.

Gordon Ave. Library
1500 Gordon Ave.
Charlottesville, VA 22903

The Happy Cook

1107B N. Emmet Street
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Charlottesville’s Premiere Gourmet Kitchen Shop, we carry a selection of cookbooks.

Heartwood Books

5 Elliewood Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Located on the corner, across the street from the University of Virginia, sells used and rare books.

Jerry N. Showalter, Bookseller

P.O. Box 84
Ivy, VA 22945
Store Hours: By appointment only

Southeastern, Americana, Virginian, Early Southern Imprints, 19th Century Manuscript Material, Civil War & Confederacy

M. Revak & Company

M. Revak & Co. is an independent bookseller who handles book events for authors, from the well-known to the obscure. Specializes in signed first-editions and special orders. The book equivalent of an ancient journeyman.

Meadowbrook Pharmacy

2037 Barracks Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Features childrens’ and adult books

New Dominion Bookshop

404 E. Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902

New Dominion Bookshop is the oldest independent bookseller in Virginia (1924). On Charlottesville’s downtown mall, we are a general trade bookshop, with fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books, and with a unique selection of architecture and landscape gardening books. Pleasant, old-fashioned atmosphere and a friendly, helpful staff.

Oakley’s Gently Used Books

112 West Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Oakley’s gently Used Books in York Place on Charlottesville’s downtown mall, with a carefully selected book collection including sci fi/fantasy, history, literature, mystery, spirituality, science and much more. 10,000+ book inventory. Sell, buy & trade. Since 1995.

Oliver & Co. Books

1417 Rickey Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901


Our primary interest is in literary first editions, but we also have literary biographies, art, illustrated books, history, philosophy, and approximately 2,500 reading copies of other books, mostly novels.

Over the Moon Bookstore & Artisan Gallery

5798 Three Notch’d Rd
Crozet, VA 22932

Over the Moon is an independent community bookstore and artisan gallery, located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Over the Moon brings together quality fiction and nonfiction, children’s books, art, artisan crafts, cards, jewelry, and more.

Piedmont Virginia Community College Bookstore

501 College Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22902

A bookstore serving the needs of Piedmont Virginia Community College students.

The Prime Meridian


The Prime Meridian is an online antiquarian map and related book (atlases, etc.) dealer. Browsing and secure online ordering on our website.

Ragged Mountain Running Shop

3 Elliewood Avenue
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

Opened in l982, a family-owned shop for the needs of runners of all levels, including books on running and training.

Read It Again Sam

214 East Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902

General used books includes a whole wall of mysteries, has thousands of used and rare books.


601 West Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Shenanigans has been a favorite destination for Charlottesville’s children for more than 30 years. The award winning store features toys, books, CD’s, games, puzzles, dolls, and stuffed animals.

Telegraph Art & Comics

110 Fourth Street, N.E.
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Contact: Kate & David

Located off the Downtown Mall, Telegraph is a unique bookstore & affordable art gallery – specializing in small press comics, zines, and independent titles, as well as more mainstream comics from Marvel & DC. They also work with comic artists and illustrators worldwide to produce limited edition posters, available exclusively in their shop. Find us on Twitter @telegraphprints for the latest updates on signings, gallery openings , printing parties, and more.

University of Virginia Bookstore

P.O. Box 400820
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4820

Books range from Biographies to Bestsellers, Fiction to Physics, Cookbooks to Classics –they have got it all! Cavalier Gear including the Who’s Hoo in fashion: T-shirts, sweats, caps, and polos for UVa, Darden, and the Law School. UVa Gifts! Everything from mugs and footballs to stemware and captain’s chairs.

Virginia Book Shop, Inc.

507 East Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Specializing in antique books, maps & prints; fine bindings, and fine library furnishings.

Literacy Volunteers of America Charlottesville/Albemarle

An independent, non-profit organization that offers free, confidential, individualized basic literacy instruction to adults.

Charlottesville Adult Education


Albemarle County Adult Education


Voices of Adult Learners

A project of Thomas Jefferson Career and Adult Education targeting adults in Literacy Programs and Adult Education Programs, including Basic Skills, ESL, GED, Workplace and Family Literacy Programs.

Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center

Strengthens the Virginia Adult Education and Literacy System through professional development, resources, communication and collaborative projects

Virginia Center for the Book

The Center for the Book’s vision is that every Virginian will have access to books and reading and to the power that books and reading provide to shape and inform personal and civic life. http://www.virginiafoundation.org/bookcenter/

Where to Stay

The hotels listed below are holding blocks of rooms for 2016 Festival attendees. Please note the cut-off date for accepting reservations into these room blocks as well as Group Code to receive special discount rates. See the CACVB for a complete list of places to stay in Charlottesville.

Omni Hotel Charlottesville
212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville VA 22903
Festival Headquarters, located on the Downtown Mall
Phone: 434-971-5500
Rates: $178 (plus tax) per night for March 22-26, 2017
Reservation Cut Off Date: February 24, 2017
Group Code: by phone, ask for Festival of the Book block

Courtyard by Marriott Charlottesville – University Medical Center
1201 West Main Street, Charlottesville VA 22903
Located between the Downtown Mall and the University of Virginia
Phone: 434-977-1700 or Marriott Central Reservations: 800-321-2211
Rates: $145 (plus tax) March 22-26, 2017
Reservation Cut Off Date: February 22, 2017
Group Code: by phone, ask for Virginia Festival of the Book 2017
Book Online: Book your group rate for Virginia Festival of the Book

Homewood Suites Charlottesville
2036 India Road, Charlottesville VA 22901
Located ten minutes from the Downtown Mall and University of Virginia
Phone: 434-244-6200 or toll free 800-CALL-HOME
Rates: $143.20 (plus tax) per night
Reservation Cut Off Date: February 15, 2016
Group Code: by phone, ask for Virginia Festival of the Book
Book Online: www.charlottesville.homewoodsuites.com, insert to left of the screen Group Code: VFB