Books, gifts, coffee,
wi-fi, stationery,
& toys

About Us

The Book Bin is an independent book store located in Onley, Virginia, along Route 13, the main thoroughfare of Virginia's Eastern Shore. Independently owned and operated, the Book Bin is a general interest bookstore, committed to serving our community since 1980. As an independent bookstore, we are not influenced or controlled by a corporate office in the selection of books we offer. Instead, we listen very carefully to what our customers are looking for and endeavor to stock the best, the most exciting, and the most interesting books we can find.
In addition to books, we offer a full-service coffee bar (with Wi-Fi) and on-site design and printing of invitations and personal stationery. Our shelves are loaded with wonderful toys, unique gifts, and edgy greeting cards chosen specifically to surprise, delight, and amuse our customers. One corner of our store is dedicated to local books, with titles covering such diverse topics as marriage and tombstone registries dating back to colonial times, an Eastern Shore guidebook of interesting local locations, a "how-to" on clamming, and a "dictionary" of Eastern Shore colloquial expressions.
Staffed by friendly, well-read, knowledgeable booksellers, we love helping our customers find just the right book. The store was founded by two legendary personalities in our community, E. A. McMath and Joanna Snyder. From 2004 to 2015, the Book Bin was owned by Susan Tyler and Mary Smolinski. In January 2016, Philip Wilson fulfilled a lifelong dream when - after nearly 30 years of college teaching and administration - he purchased the Book Bin. Given its spendidly-run history, he is steering the shop along its well-known and successful path. Philip and his entire staff are dedicated to creating and maintaining a vital, thriving independent business that gives the people of the Eastern Shore and visitors to our beautiful Delmarva Peninsula a comfortable, engaging, welcoming place to visit, relax, and shop.

We hope you'll enjoy browsing our website, where you'll find great reading recommendations, information about upcoming events, and more!