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Saturday February 13
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
(weather permitting)
Sunday February 14
All Rooms Open 11 am - 4pm


Africa (History/Politics/Culture)
Asian Language (Chinese/Japanese)
Science Fiction and Fantasy
Psychology and Self-Help

Over 50,000 items available!

4000 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto
NW corner of the Cubberley Community Center
(650) 213-8755

More information on the sales
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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.
Children's Books in K-6
Room K-6 in the K wing (see map) is 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 President's Day Holiday
All libraries will be closed Monday, February 15th, for President's Day. Regular library hours resume Tuesday February 16th.
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, February 14. Please bring your own grocery bags to put books into. More information.

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.

February Sale Highlights

The rainy weather kept the donation volume down for a little bit this month, but our donors took advantage of breaks in the weather and came through big-time to bring us great books as usual...There is a lot happening this holiday weekend and we hope you'll find some time to spend at our sale. As we celebrate President's Day and Valentine's Day, we also have the first days of the Winter Olympics and for Sailing fans, the America's Cup races - and we just happened to have received this month a wonderful collection of books and periodicals on Sailing. You can find them in the Transportation section, next to Sports....Books on matters of sex and relationships can be found in our Psychology and Self-Help section, which is once again brimming with great stuff....History buffs can find books on Presidents Lincoln and Washington (and others) in both our History aisle, and the Biography section....We received a very unique donation of books on Africa from a local retired professor of African History. Many rare book on African Culture, Sociology, Politics, History, and more. Located on the Specials table next to the checkout tables...There were many items left from last month's featured books and magazines on Dolls and Doll Collecting so we've slashed prices to move them out this month. They can be found on the other Specials table and in the White Showcase near the entrance...The Science Fiction and Fantasy section is once again fully stocked thanks mostly to the generous donation of one of our regular patrons....Our Foreign Language sections are seeing more and more sales thanks to wonderful donors. This month there is a very large selection of books in Chinese and Japanese languages....If you come early remember we have a Tent Sale right outside the Main Room entrance. It opens at 9am and everything there is only $1.00 each!

Preview Our Shelves

Click here to see some of the shelves at this weekend's sale Check out some of the tens of thousands of books that will be on sale this weekend using our shelf preview pictures.

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 - Greek, Latin & Dutch Texts Featured This Month
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.
Don't Forget Bargain & Children's Rooms
Some of our customers don't realize that the Book Sale is comprised of THREE SEPARATE ROOMS. In addition to our Main Sale Room (Marty's Room) we have two rooms in the K-Wing of the Cubberley campus. The Bargain Room (K-7) is loaded with great stuff and nothing is over $1.00. Books sell for $1.00 for hardbacks and 50 cents for ANY softcover book - yes, even that 800 page computer book is only 50 cents! Lovers of vinyl LP records will find an eclectic selection of LPs at $1.00 each.... Next door, the Children's Room (K-6) is filled with books for Children up to age 14 plus books on teaching and parenting.
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.

Support Palo Alto's Libraries While You Shop
By shopping at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park and, 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, always start your shopping session by 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.
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