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Hockessin, DE /

The Hockessin Book Shelf is a new and used bookstore located in Hockessin, Delaware established in 2002. Like our state, the store, with 826 square feet of inventory space, is a small wonder. We stock a little bit of everything with our largest section being fiction, mystery, romance and children’s books.

Rebecca Dowling, the Hockessin Book Shelf’s owner came to bookselling after years of being a social worker. What began as a part time job, evolved into a full time passion. After over 10 years as a bookseller, Rebecca took over the store in 2007 from the original owner who retired to Hawaii.

Events have become an integral part of our store, in 2014 we completed renovations which allowed us to hold more events in house. We now host authors, both nationally and locally published, non-author events, book clubs and workshops. For us the Shop Local movement is a way of life and our store's health is dependent on the health of our neighbors. Maintaining strong community partnerships is very important to us, story time at the Woodside Farm Creamery during the summer, Book Groups at local restaurants, and Cookbook Club at Delaware Nature Society’s Coverdale Farm Preserve are just a few examples.

At the Hockessin Book Shelf we are known for our customer service and a well-read staff—we love books and our reading habits are eclectic, covering all niches from genres to literature, biographies to children's books. We have become the go to store for summer reading, book groups and fun in-store promotions.

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