Come To Our Next Book Sale!

Saturday, February 12th and Sunday, February 13th, 2022

Cubberley Community Center

4000 Middlefield Road – Palo Alto

It is with regret that FOPAL has decided to cancel our next sale, scheduled for February 12th and 13th. We cannot put our volunteers or customers at risk, with the current threat of the highly contagious Omicron variant. It would not be right to proceed with an event that may well endanger the health of those in attendance, and others with whom they come in contact. We hope to resume our monthly sales as soon as the spread of COVID abates, and we can do so safely.

Friends & Family Sales

Our monthly sales will be on hold until the health risk to our customers and volunteers is substantially reduced. We monitor the health situation continually and we look forward to returning to our monthly sales when we can offer them with as little risk as possible.

If you miss our sales and our fantastic offerings of items in three rooms, we have started a program we call Friends and Family. Anyone who wants to shop is definitely a Friend and you can sign up via

Main Room:
Appointments begin Tuesday January 11
Requested minimum purchase (per person): $30

Children’s Room:
Appointments begin Tuesday January 11
Requested minimum purchase (per person): $20

Bargain Room:
Appointments begin Monday January 17
No requested minimum purchase, but please sign up with the intention to show up and look for something to buy (prices start at $1 and mostly go down from there)

There are rules.

Customers must have exact change or a check, or PayPal or Venmo app on phone.

Customers must shop only on shelves where items are priced. Volunteers continue to price and shelve books from boxes on the floor.


FOPAL is open for drop-off donations, no appointment needed, most weeks Monday-Saturday 3-5pm at our Main Room! Donations are not accepted the week preceding the sale. And sometimes we take holidays, so we are closed Monday January 17 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Friends of the Palo Alto Library/FOPAL is located at 4000 Middlefield Rd. in the Cubberley Community Center/CCC. You’ll be delivering your books at FOPAL’s Main Room, the portable by the tennis courts using the CCC north entrance.

Donors will be greeted at FOPAL’s Main Room by a volunteer Donation Monitor and asked to place donations in FOPAL’s banker boxes and then move the books/boxes up the ramp to FOPAL’s Sorting Room. Sorting Room volunteers will help direct donors as to where to place the boxes and offer a receipt and a thank-you. There will be a limit of six bags/boxes per donation.

No ephemera, electronics, art, records, music CDs, or plushies/stuffed animals will be accepted. See the temporary list of what we do and do not accept at

FOPAL offers the use of hand trucks & carts if needed.

More Book Sale Info

Maps & Directions