Frequently Asked Questions

We have tried to answer as many questions as possible below. However, if you are still struggling to find an answer to your question, please do email us at books@mainstreetbooks.co.uk and we will get back to you as soon as we can. 

Tues to Sat: 9am to 5.30pm

Sun: 11am to 4.30pm

Please note the café closes half an hour before the rest of the shop

We have parking for 16 cars, however please note that space is quite limited in our lower car park (behind the barn), better suited to smaller cars.

Bikes – we have a bike rack alongside the barn in our courtyard.

Disabled parking – there is a disabled parking space adjacent to the main entrance within our courtyard.

We do recommend booking a table in our café if you know when you’ll be visiting. It can get very busy, especially during holiday periods.

We only accept bookings during working hours and by phone – 01835 824087.

Unfortunately we do not accept bookings via email or social media channels as this can result in accidental over-booking.

We are happy to welcome well behaved dogs into our bookshop and café (please note, dogs are not allowed on customers laps in the café).

Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed in the deli/home department as food is displayed at ‘nose height’.

Do you host author events?

Yes, we host a carefully curated author events programme throughout the year.

Please click here to see what’s current.

Where do you host author events?

We use several venues for our events. In the bookshop, in the barn (above the deli), St Boswells Village Hall, plus other larger venues in the Borders including the Tait Hall in Kelso.

Please click here for our FAQs regarding Book Subscriptions. They are at the bottom of the page so make sure to scroll down.

The bookshop and café have step-free access via the entrance under the archway in our courtyard (doorway is 142 cm wide). The deli can be accessed step-free, however, there are internal steps so our staff will facilitate the needs of disabled customers on a one to one basis.

There is a disabled toilet in the bookshop and café (doorway is 65cm wide).

We have outside tables during the summer season – usually late May to September, but please call to check.

Yes, you can buy from our range of Book Subscriptions and Gift Boxes by clicking here.

Alternatively, you can buy books online here from our partner, Bookshop.org.

If you cannot see what you are looking for, would like a bespoke Gift Box or would  like some book recommendations, we always try our best to help so please email us on books@mainstreetbooks.co.uk. 

You can join our mailing list by popping your details into the box below. 

Please check here for current job vacancies.

Make sure you scroll down to the bottom of that page to find any vacancies we have.

No, however, you can find second hand bookshops in nearby Melrose or Kelso. Further afield, we recommend Barter Books in Alnwick or The Bookshop in Wigton.

Please click here to read more about stocking your book.

Please click here to read more about advice on getting published.

As booksellers, we are very lucky to be given lots of advance reading proofs by publishers. Unfortunately, this means we always have a very long ‘to be read’ pile of books so we are unable to read unsolicited manuscripts.