City Lights Bookstore * 3 E. Jackson Street, Sylva, NC


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To help slow the spread of Covid-19, we have closed for browsing. Book orders will mail for 99 cents.
Curbside service available during our curtailed hours:

10-6 Tues.-Sat., subject to change.

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Used Book trade-ins suspended for the time being 

Telephone: 828-586-9499


COVID-19 Precautions

City Lights Bookstore is offering phone, curbside, and online service only. Our goal is to offer curbside service from 10-6 Tue.-Sat.  We are monitoring this NC Dept. of Health and Human Services page and this CDC page for the latest guidance.

We had scheduled some events for the coming weeks — all of which have been canceled due to COVID-19 precautions. 

We are:

  • taking common-sense precautions and hope you will, too:
  • wiping down all hard surfaces with disinfectant throughout the day
  • not accepting book trade-ins for now
  • waving hello, not shaking hands
  • maintaining > 1-meter social distance 
  • washing hands often
  • staying home if sick
  • avoiding touching our faces.


We hope that all will be well. We want to be here, selling books, etc., for another 35 years. But we do need to sell books in order to pay the rent, utilities, meet payroll, and so on. Things have been going well but if everything shuts down for weeks on end as we've seen in China and Italy, we would greatly appreciate:

Thanks for reading!

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