57th Street Reopening Info & FAQs

Thank you for your support! We are so excited to open our doors to the public for limited browsing and to take care of our community’s book needs and each other once again. Staff and customer safety remains paramount, and we are approaching our reopening with the same flexibility, patience, and innovation with which we have approached our operations in the past months. We are committed to upholding safety standards while also providing our community with long-missed browsing opportunities. 

We’ve compiled a few frequently asked questions below. If your question is still not answered by these responses, please write to info@semcoop.com or call us at 773-684-1300 and we will reply to your inquiry within one to two business days.

Thank you again for everything you are doing on behalf of the Seminary Co-op/57th Street Books community. It means so much to us.

With gratitude,

The Seminary Co-op and 57th Street Books

What are your hours?

You can find our store hours listed on our Hours & Contact Information page. 


How do I order books from you?

Though the Seminary Co-op Bookstore and 57th Street Books are now open to the public, you can still place orders directly on our website. Search by ISBN (without any hyphens!), author, or title to find just what you're looking for. Or you can browse through our holiday guides, Front Table booklets, 2020 Notables, newsletter archives (kids and adults), and featured new releases to stumble upon new reads. 

If you are having trouble navigating our website, do send us an email (info@semcoop.com) or call our 57th Street Books location (773-684-1300). If you leave a voicemail, we will get back to you in one to two business days.


Are you doing curbside pickup? 

Yes, we are! You can find further information here. Curbside pickup is available on all orders. We are, as always, glad to ship anywhere as well. 

  • At the moment, curbside pickup orders placed online are only available for pickup at our Seminary Co-op location. 
  • Orders placed at 57th Street Books or over the phone with this location will be made available for pickup at 57th Street Books. 

What are your browsing rules?

You will be greeted upon entry by a bookseller who can answer all of your browsing questions, but here are the main rules so that you know what to expect:

  • Masks are required for the entire duration of your stay. 
  • Please sanitize hands upon entry. There is a hand sanitizer station at the entrance. 
  • Maintain 6 feet of distance from people who are not in your pod. Be attentive and mindful of the people around you. 
  • The store features lots of nooks and crannies. Be mindful as you turn corners to avoid intersecting with someone. 
  • We may be limiting occupancy. Please follow bookseller instructions in the event that we need to create a queue for entry. 


How can I give feedback?

We are constantly evolving our processes and are so grateful for customer feedback! To submit feedback you can fill out the electronic feedback form here, submit a physical comment card at either of our store locations, or email us directly at info@semcoop.com.