Gigantic Art Book Sale (We’re Not Done Yet)

For those of you who were unable to attend our recent art sale (see below for description) and for those of you who would like to revisit the sale, FOPAL will allow Friends and Family customers to sign up for one-hour appointments at Slottr for the art book sale on Friday, November 20 from 2 to 5 pm and Sunday November 22 from 1-5 pm. There will be a limit of seven (7) customers per hour. The sale will be in Room H1 at the Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto. Hundreds of boxes of art books (but not the pop-up books) are still available. Many auction catalogs are available by the box and some individually. Purchases must be made by cash or check.

Gigantic Art Book Sale

Friends of the Palo Alto Library held a pop-up sale of a large donation of art books on November 13, 14 and 15, 2020, from 9am to 4pm in Room H1 of the Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Thousands of books on numerous topics with an emphasis on Impressionists will be available.

Buyers must reserve a time period on for an hour of shopping with a maximum of 15 customers per hour. Social distancing of six feet must be observed and face coverings must be worn. Credit cards will be accepted. Bring your own containers to haul lots of treasures home.

The collection encompasses approximately the following:

Impressionism and Post-Impressionism– about 400 general titles, 500 Monets, 400 Van Goghs, hundreds each on Degas, Renoir, Gauguin, and Cezanne along with many other artists such as Sargent, Bonnard, Cassatt, and Modigliani.

Look for a broad assortment of books on Rembrandt, Turner, Homer, Schiele, Faberge, Tiffany, architecture (especially Frank Lloyd Wright). Many other artists, including those in modern art, are represented. There are many books on individual museums in America and Europe. We have an extensive collection of art books, including artists’ portfolios with wonderful color plates.

There are 100 boxes of Christie’s and Sotheby’s catalogues from the 1980s through 2015. Almost all are for auctions of Impressionist, Modern, or Contemporary Art and for 20th-century decorative arts. They will be sold by the existing closed box with a short explanation of what is inside.

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Monthly Sales Cancelled Until Further Notice

Our 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 contact Janette Herceg at for an appointment in one of our rooms with a host volunteer.

You will be offered a link to “Shop our Shelves” on, the scheduling tool we’ll be using to assign participants with a volunteer to shop in the Main Room or Children’s Room. Bargain Room shoppers will be scheduled separately.

Special rules for these sales:

You must have exact change or a check for your purchases.

You must only shop from the shelves where items are priced. Boxes on the floor contain items in process and not yet priced so they should not be opened.

We are requesting that you come prepared to spend a minimum of $40 for the Main Room, and $20 for the Children’s Room. The Bargain Room has no minimum request.

Thank you for your continuing support of FOPAL!


Looking forward to FOPAL opening for donations? We are too! As a result, we have started a program we call Drop-off Donations 3.0! Anyone who wants to donate can contact Janette Herceg at for an appointment to drop-off donations Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday 2-4pm, beginning Tuesday, October 6, 2020. You will be offered a link to drop-off donations on, the scheduling tool we’ll be using to assign donors an appointment to deliver a donation (six bags boxes or less) in front of FOPAL’s Bargain Room in H2. You must have an appointment to drop off your donation. Please read our donation guidelines before you bring materials to us.

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