About Ayr Hill Books

Ayr Hill Books is an online rare and collectible book business launched in 2017 by owners Jack and Paula Bruggeman. We are located in Vienna, Virginia, in the heart of Fairfax County and the greater Washington, DC metro area. We are lifelong book lovers and collectors and overall devotees of the printed word in all its finer forms. We come to our new venture after enjoying successful careers in book selling and publishing, writing, editing, and journalism.

Ayr Hill Books is the product of several years of preparation that includes completion of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar in 2015, an intense weeklong professional course that covered all aspects of independent book selling. We are grateful to the CABS faculty who encouraged, taught, inspired and helped us arrive where we are today.

As we build our business and expand our offerings, we ask our followers and customers to let us know how we can best serve your book collecting interests. You can contact us at info@ayrhillbooks.com, shop from our current book listings offered through www.abebookscom, and find us at antiquarian book fairs along the East Coast.

Our Profile

Jack, a Washington, DC native, made his career as a book publisher, spending 38 years acquiring and developing professional reference and college textbooks for Prentice Hall, Little Brown, Medical Economics, Aspen Publishers, and others. He retired in 2016 from his job as director of special publications for a pharmacy trade association to devote himself to establishing a new venture as independent booksellers.

Paula, who hails from Massachusetts, has worked as a journalist, book and journal editor, public affairs manager, television producer, and most recently as research publications manager for a global educational nonprofit. She currently is a full partner in Ayr Hill Books.

Memberships and Associations

  • Virginia Antiquarian Booksellers Association
  • Washington Rare Book Group

Origins of “Ayr Hill”

Our business name is a nod to the original name of the town of Vienna, so named in the 1760s by the town’s principal landowner at the time who was a native of Ayr, Scotland. As the town grew it assumed the name Ayr Hill, by which it was known for a hundred years.