Binc Prepares for COVID-19 Assistance to Booksellers and Comic Retailers

ATTENTION: If you are requesting assistance related to COVID-19, please fill out the expedited online application here.

As you know, the situation is rapidly evolving. The most up-to-date information is posted here and updated weekly.

What Binc Can Do to Help

The Binc Foundation will continue to help booksellers according to our policy for public health emergencies. Assistance may be available for the medical expenses of booksellers and to help booksellers in specific cases where store closure and/or loss of scheduled pay leads to the inability to pay essential household bills for an individual or family.

Depending on each bookseller’s circumstance, Binc may be able to help with medical expenses or personal household expenses under the following circumstances:

  • If a bookstore employee contracts an illness and cannot go to work.  
  • If a member of a bookseller’s household contracts an illness and the employee is forced to quarantine themselves to prevent further spread of the virus.
  • If a bookseller loses more than 50% of their scheduled work hours because residents are told not to go to work.*
  • If a bookseller loses more than 50% of their scheduled work hours due to a mandatory quarantine.*

* An official state, county or city Public Health Emergency restricting public interaction must be declared.

We encourage booksellers with specific questions to contact us by email or phone 866-733-9064.

At this time, we are experiencing a very high volume of requests and will contact you as soon as possible regarding your application. We appreciate your understanding and patience during this time.

Pam French urges booksellers with needs unrelated to COVID-19 to continue to reach out to Binc for help.

“We do not want those with needs unrelated to the virus to refrain from requesting help. Whatever the cause of someone’s hardship may be, it is still a financial emergency for that household. Binc is ready. Binc is supported by a community of book people and reinforces the power of many coming together. ”

—Pam French, Executive Director

With the uncertainty brought on by the developing situation related to COVID-19, it is more necessary than ever that Binc has the resources to act quickly and efficiently to help as many booksellers as needed this year.

“Renewing, increasing, or pledging your support right now will be critical to our decisions moving forward and allow us to help every qualifying bookseller and comic retailer that comes to Binc for help. This is a critical time for booksellers as business slows, schools close, and they are canceling months’ worth of events. Booksellers need to know that Binc will be here for them so they can weather these scary circumstances and come out on the other side.”

—Kathy Bartson, Development Director

Bartson urges individuals to do what they can to ensure this safety net is here so bookstores can survive this crisis and continue to serve their communities after it is over.

General Resources + Tips

We urge you to follow the preparedness guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and check the resources available from the American Booksellers Association.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and the risk assessment may change daily. The latest updates are available on the CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website.


  • Wash your hands to your favorite song for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, and continue general personal hygiene best practices.
  • Prepare your staff following’s preparedness tips.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Ask if your doctor has video visits and if you are able to schedule a video appointment.

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