Lodging and Local Info

In 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:

For Downtown Charlottesville recommendations for dining, shopping, wellness, and other services, click here.

To explore local transportation options and find out more about CHO, the official airport of the Virginia Festival of the Book, please click here.

If you need child care during the Festival, please review these resources compiled by CharlottesvilleFamily.

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.

University of Virginia Library


The University’s 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.


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

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 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.

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 century 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 PM. 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.

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.

Over the Moon Bookstore & Artisan Gallery

2025 Library Avenue
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.

2nd Act Books

214 East Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902

A vast array of used books, including specialties in children’s books, African American authors, and local history and culture.


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

211 West Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Located on 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

400 Emmet Street, South
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.

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 2019 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: $180 (plus tax) per night for March 20-24, 2019
Reservation Cut Off Date: February 22, 2019
Group Code: by phone, ask for Festival of the Book block

Holiday Inn Charlottesville – Monticello
1200 5th Street Ext., Charlottesville VA 22902
Located two miles from the Downtown Mall and 3 miles from UVA
Phone: 434-977-5100 or 1-800-HOLIDAY
Rates: $99.99 (plus tax) for March 19, 20, 21, and 24; $171.99 (plus tax) for March 22 and 23, 2019
Reservation Cut Off Date: February 19, 2019
Group Code: by phone, ask for Virginia Festival of the Book
Book Online: Virginia Festival of the Book 2019