Our Passion is

Placing great books

In the hands

Of great people

The Best in Time-Honored Children’s Literature and Local History books from Culpeper, Madison, Rappahannock, and Orange counties in Virginia.

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What We Do

Even though our bricks and mortar presence has closed after 32 years serving Culpeper, we are still serving the Culpeper community and now The Corner Shelf Bookstore has evolved.

We now serve the community online ordering in-print and out-of-print books. Owner and second generation specialist, Faith Dickerson makes her extensive book knowledge and the skills of over 40 years experience as an independent bookseller available to clients seeking just the right book.

A business serving nationally with a passion for the local community

Special orders are placed each week and can either be picked up at Raven’s Nest Coffee Shop on Davis St. in Culpeper, shipped anywhere via USPS or UPS, or local delivery in the town of Culpeper is also available.

  • Specializing in Local History of Culpeper, Madison, Rappahannock, and Orange
  • Heritage 32 year Bricks and Mortar store started in 1976
  • The Best in Time Honored Children’s Books
  • Searches & suggestions for both in-print and out-of-print titles


Our Vision

Since our start in 1976, the vision at the heart of everything we do at The Corner Shelf has boiled down to one thing - placing great books into the hands of great people. This is our passion, and that passion has only grown as The Corner Shelf has evolved with time. As we make our business available online, our services were no longer limited to folks who enter our doors -- our book wisdom is now available to anyone seeking quality books. We are looking forward to assisting in the book searches of new clients!

Whether you are seeking information about your ancestors from the four county area or a timeless quality book for your grandchild, you will find the perfect solution at The Corner Shelf. As a business with the rare quality of being an independent bookstore, our recommendations are made based on years of handselling books rather than publisher hype or internet algorithms. We offer a friendly, prompt and detail oriented client experience to anyone seeking ‘that special book’ for the collector or for a gift.

The advantage of buying local -- we don’t receive publisher kickbacks to ‘push’ certain books or make suggestions based on mathematical algorithms. We ‘handsell’ time tested quality books - books that are lasting and will be long remembered with warm memories. We are lovers of books, real books. And the real books we specialize in -- local history and quality children’s books provide an irreplaceable experience - a bound book to keep, to reread and to share with loved ones.