USED BOOK SALES
Saturday November 14
Bargain and Children's Room Open 10 am - 4 pm
Marty's (Main) Room open 11 am - 4 pm
Outdoor $1.00 Sale opens at 9 am
Ephemera Opens 8 am
Sunday November 15
All Rooms Open 11 am - 4pm
FEATURED IN NOVEMBER
Christmas & Fall Holidays
Yoga & Meditation
US and World History
Earth and Animals
Psychology and Self Help - Cooking
Over 50,000 items available!
4000 Middlefield Road
NW corner of the Cubberley Community Center
More information on the sales
Donate your old books
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO HELP PALO ALTO LIBRARIES
Marty's (Main) Book Room
In our Main Room, prices are way below what used book stores charge.
Paperbacks are 50 cents and up, and hardcovers are $1 and up.
Numbered tickets for the Main Room are given out beginning at 8 am
on Saturday. These reserve your place in the line that forms before
the 11 am opening. You may pick up a ticket for yourself and for one
Children's Books in K-6
Room K-6 in the K wing (see
entirely filled with children's books and toys. You'll find picture
books, school age fiction, award winners, non-English titles, and
books for parents and teachers, many for under $1. This room and the
Bargain Room open at 10 am on Saturday.
Bargain Books in K-7
Next door in K-7 is the Bargain Room, where paperbacks are 50 cents,
hardcovers are $1, and children's books are just 25 cents each. The
room also contains many LP records and 78s at $1 each. On Sunday, the
room opens at 11 am and all prices are half off. Save even more on
Sundays by buying grocery bags from us for $5 each and stuffing them
with any items in the room. Buy 4 bags and get the 5th one FREE!
Library Closed for November Holidays
All Palo Alto libraries will be closed Thursday and Friday November 25 and 26 for the Thanksgiving Holidays.
Non-Profit Book Giveaway
Non-profit organizations and schools that need FREE books should come to the
Bargain Room this month from 4 to 6 pm on Sunday, November 15.
Please bring your own grocery bags to put books into.
We're always eager to hear your suggestions for ways to improve our
book sale. Please email them to us at
or mention them to a volunteer at the sale.
November Sale Highlights
After about a one week lull in donations, things have picked up once again...there
is great new stuff in all sections and here are some highlights: Check out both
the Health Section and the Specials Table for a nice selection of
books, CDs and DVDs on Yoga and Meditation. There are items on many
different types of Yoga and Meditation techniques whether you are a beginner or
advanced practitioner.... History is loaded once again. A wonderful
selection of books on both US and World History subjects.... Across the
aisle, Military History buffs will find their section restocked after a
great sale last month.... Our Political Science section manager reports a nice
group of books on Political Theory.... Looking for an unusual book to give
for a Christmas present? Check out the white Specials case as you come in the
entrance to the Main Room where we have a unique collection of
"pop-up" books on display for sale.... Beat the winter blues by shopping in
Psychology and Self Help section.... Books on Farming/Agriculture
and Wildflowers/Plants have moved from Earth and Animals to a new home in
the Gardening section.
Preview Our Shelves
Check out some of the tens of thousands of books that will be on sale this
weekend using our
Members-Early Sale Set for December 12
The FOPAL Board of Directors has set the annual Members-Early sale for Saturday
December 12. If you're a member of the Friends of the Palo Alto Library, you'll
be able to get in early to the Main Room at our December 12 sale. At this
once-a-year event, Life Members are allowed to enter the sale at 9am and
can purchase up to 50 books. Members at all other levels can enter the
sale at 10am and purchase the normal 12 books at a time.
Tickets for early arrivers are handled differently at the Members-Early sale.
Tickets given out are for the 9 am and 10 am lines at the Main Room, since most
people who come early are Members of the Friends. Each Member will get just one
ticket, although Members at and above the $25 levels may bring in their families,
consisting of one or two adults and children, while Life Members may bring in
their spouses. No tickets will be given out for the 11 am line.
You can become a member or renew your membership at door on the day of the sale.
Regular Membership in the Friends is only $15 ($10 for students and seniors, $25
for families) and is tax-deductible. Members also receive a discount coupon by
mail for the sale, a 10% discount at the Books Inc. at the Town and Country
Village, and eligibility for the Stanford Federal Credit Union, which has a new
convenient Downtown office.
Exceptional/Collectible Books Display Case
The books in this case are offered to our regular customers for one
month before they are listed online. The prices at the sale are
significantly BELOW what they will be offered for sale online. On
Saturday there will be a sign up sheet on the case for priority
access. Due to the crowds in the room in the early part of the sale,
no books will be sold from the cabinet until 1pm. On Sunday, access to
the cabinet will be any time during the hours of the sale. See any
FOPAL volunteer to unlock the case for you.
Click here to view the Exceptional Books inventory (HTML)
Click here to view the Exceptional Books inventory (PDF)
Foreign Language Texts Popular - Czech & Polish Featured
We've always gotten a good number of donations of books in many
different languages. We are getting regular donations of really nice
books in French, German, Spanish, and Russian, but more and more we
are seeing larger donations in other languages as well. Our selection
of Russian books now resides in its own book case under the window in
the Foreign Language section. We've also got a good selection of
titles in Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Latin and much, much more.
Holiday Books, Music and Gifts
We save all of our Christmas and Fall related books and media to sell during
our sales in October through December. You'll find a nice selection of
Christmas and Thanksgiving material on the Specials Table near the checkout
tables, and more in the book case just inside the entrance. Don't forget to
check out the Ephemera in front of the building for some non book and media
Sunday Fun Day - Mystery 50% Off Sale; Free Books for Sunday Shoppers
Sundays are a great time to shop the Book Sale. The atmosphere is quiet
and peaceful and there are still thousands of great books available.
Each Sunday we have a 50% off sale on one category of books in the Main
Room. The category will not be announced ahead of time, the only way you
can find out which category is on sale is by attending the sale on Sunday.
Signs will be posted on the doors and on the shelves of the section
involved on the morning of the Sale. In addition, we will have a small
selection of FREE books available to shoppers on Sunday. One free
book per person, and you must purchase at least one item from the Sale.
There are a limited number of free books and first-come, first-served.
This applies to the Main Room only. Doors open at 11 am.
Think Ecologically! - Bring or Donate Your Own Bags
Due to the increasing reuse of grocery and other bags, we tend to run
short at our sales and encourage you to bring your own cloth tote or
paper bags to the sale. If you have any extra grocery bags in good
condition please bring them for your purchases at the sale. We would
also gladly accept any extra bags you wish to donate. NO BOXES are
allowed in the sale, however.
Palo Alto's Libraries While You Shop
By shopping at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park and Amazon.com, a
percentage of your purchase price can help the Palo Alto Libraries at
no cost to you. At Kepler's,
just mention to the cashier that you want to support the Friends of
the Palo Alto Library. For Amazon.com, always start your shopping
clicking here or on the Amazon link on the top right of any of
our web pages at
Virtually all purchases you make at Amazon are eligible, not just
books. Over the years, we've raised thousands of dollars to help
our libraries through these programs.