Frequently Asked Questions
Where does your name come from?
We're named after the legendary film comedians Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd. Naming our shop Keaton & Lloyd allowed us to merge our passions for film history and literature.
What should I do if I have objections to a book you carry?
Keaton & Lloyd does not consider requests to ban books under any circumstances. Requests for us to alter our stock based upon personal beliefs (progressive or conservative) is censorship.
Do you have a café?
No, we don't serve food or drink. However, there are wonderful restaurants in Downtown Rome, many of which are within walking distance.
Do you offer gift cards?
Absolutely! You can purchase an e-gift card online or visit us for a physical card.
If you like, we can even mail a gift card to your loved one for no extra charge.
What is your return policy?
All sales are final.
Do you do consignment?
No. 100 percent of our stock is owned by Keaton & Lloyd. We do not partner with other stores or vendors.
Which payment methods do you accept?
We accept cash, all major credit cards (Visa, American Express, Diners, Discover, or MasterCard), Google Pay, Apple Pay, and check.
I am an author. Will you stock my product?
Please see the "Local Author Inquiries" page for detailed guidelines. These should help you determine if your book(s) would be a good fit for Keaton & Lloyd.
I represent a charity. May I request a donation?
We generally fulfill small donation requests for like-minded, registered charities in Central New York. Please contact us directly, and be sure to include your exempt organization number.
How big is your stock?
We have approximately 7,000 titles at this time.
Where do I park?
Street parking is usually abundant (you can ignore any "2 hour parking" signs). There are also several public parking lots in the area, including two accessible by the Erie Blvd access street, one located directly behind the shop accessible from N. George Street, and one at Social Services on the 300-block of W. Dominick Street. If you park behind the Shop, you may find it convenient to enter through the back door.
What's your pricing structure?
All of our books have price stickers on the back. Figures are all on the dollar and tax will be added at check-out.
Can you provide recommendations?
We'll do our best! Just let us know what type of books you enjoy and we'll provide our best recommendation for your next read.
I have used books I'd like to sell or donate. Are you interested?
No. We will not buy, or accept donations of, used books. We will not take them even if they are in pristine condition. We do not sell used books.
You say you are a Jewish business. What exactly does that mean?
This is a bit of a loaded question but a very important one. Identifying as a Jewish business does not mean that we primarily sell religious books (although we have a decent stock), nor that we push faith in any way (in fact, this is a very non-Jewish practice). Our stock is extremely diverse and predominantly secular.
What it does mean is that we are happy to be a resource for CNY's Jewish community. While Christian items are readily available in many stores, this is not typically the case for religious minorities. Representation matters, and it is a big deal for many Jews to walk into a shop and find something like a Happy Purim greeting card.
Being a Jewish business also means that we observe Jewish holidays. We're closed on Passover, Rosh Hashanah, and Yom Kippur. After much consideration, we opted to remain open for a few hours on Shabbat (Saturday) so as to remain accessible to those who only have the option to visit on the weekends.
The last consideration is that our Shop looks the part in some ways. You'll find pieces of decorative Judaica here and there. We decorate for Chanukah, have a Tzedakah Box (charity collection) that benefits the Capitol Arts Complex, and have mezuzot on our doors. All of these things help to make the place feel like home to us!
I'm looking for something you don't have in stock. Can you order it for me?
Most definitely! Feel free to inquire at the desk, or shoot us a message/email with the title you'd like. We will notify you by your preferred communication method (phone call, text, or email) when your order arrives. Special orders must be paid for at the time of ordering.
-There’s no extra charge for orders which are picked up during business hours. However, those shipped directly to you will incur a $3.50 shipping fee. Pick-up orders will be reserved at the desk for two weeks. After this, the item may be placed in circulation.
Another option is to purchase a book online at Bookshop.org.
Do you offer gift wrapping services?
Experience has manifested that gift wrapping is not our strong point. Trust us, it's for the best that we do not offer wrapping services.
What's with the strange tube on your door?
This would be a mezuzah. The decorative case contains a scroll with passages from the Book of Deuteronomy. It is a common practice in Jewish homes, synagogues, etc. to adhere them to doorposts so as to fulfill a religious commandment.
Do you sell used books?
No, we are a retailer of new books.
Wasn't there a bookstore at 236 W. Dominick Street in the past? Dé·jà vu!
Actually no. The bookshop which many Romans remember was located right next door. Close but no cigar!
Where do you get all of your books and bookish goods from?
We work with a variety of major and independent publishers, as well as publisher remainder specialists, to acquire our stock. We also enjoy purchasing hand-crafted items, like bookmarks and mugs, from talented artisans across the country.
I thought bookstores were all closing, so why go into business? Do people actually read anymore?
There is a myth that people are not interested in reading books. It is a very unfortunate myth and it is based entirely upon falsehoods. Whether it's a hardcopy, audiobook, or e-book, we've found that there is a great demand for literature.
Are you pricey?
This is one of the most challenging questions to answer since this is really an opinion. However, we can say that we work hard to be affordable for our community. The majority of our books and products are priced below market or list price.
For those looking for a good deal, we recommend selecting a "remaindered" book, which are discounted (see below).
What's with the orange stickers?
To enhance our stock, Keaton & Lloyd purchases many items from Remainder Specialists. These companies distribute books which have been "remaindered." They have either been returned by a store for whatever reason, or were printed in excess.
These books typically have small marks on the top or base but are otherwise in pristine or very good condition. They are a good option for those who are looking for a good deal and who may not care about a book being in mint condition.
Do you carry children's books?
In an effort to support the wonderful children's authors in our community, we carry a small assortment of literature for children within the Local Interest section. However, we have no plans to create a dedicated area to carry new and/or popular children's books. It's just not who we are.
Do you have a restroom?
Yes, restrooms for men and ladies are available.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes, but Carl LaFong might be a little put-off. Please let us know when you enter with a dog so we can place Carl in the back room for a bit.
Do you really offer notary services?
Yes! As a service to the community, we are happy to notarize documents. The service is free! We just ask that you give us a call to make sure a notary is available and that you bring a state-issued ID.
I am looking for a specific book. Do you have an online search option so I can see if you have it?
No, we do not have a digital search option. Keaton & Lloyd is the sort of place that has unique items and you never know what you will find! We highly recommend coming by and browsing in-person so you can find something unexpected.
Can you help me find a rare/out-of-print book?
We do not have expertise in this area. However, if you're looking for items that are used for rare, we highly recommend Berry Hill Book Shop in Deansboro.
Do you mostly carry paperback or hardcover books?
If given a choice, we will almost always choose to stock paperback books. It is more economical for both us and our patrons.