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Saturday September 11
Main Sale 11am - 4pm
(will be held outside temporary
Mitchell Park Library Bldg O)
Bargain and Children's Rooms 10 am - 4 pm
Ephemera 9am - 4pm
Outdoor $1.00 Sale CANCELLED

Map of the sale

Sunday September 12
All Rooms Open 11 am - 4pm


Bargain Books
Children's Books
History - Cooking
Fiction - SciFi - Classics


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

More information on the sales
Donate your old books

Marty's (Main) Room
*** NOTICE ***: Due to a fire in Marty's (Main) Book Room on the morning of August 9 there will be no sale in this room until further notice. The Main Sale for September will be held in the patio area outside the Mitchell Park Library in Cubberley Building O (auditorium) on the southeast corner of the campus, basically opposite Marty's Room. (See sale map)

There will be NO EARLY ENTRY NUMBERS issued for this sale.

Children's Book Sale
The Children's Room has moved to the portable formerly occupied by the Jewish Community Center next to the soccer field. It is entirely filled with children's books and toys. You'll find picture books, school age fiction and non-fiction, award winners, non-English titles, CDs and DVDs, and books for parents and teachers, most for 50 cents or $1. This room and the Bargain Room open at 10 am on Saturday. Strollers are welcome in the Children's Room at any time.

Bargain Books in K-7
The Bargain Room is located in Rooms K-7 and K-6 of the Cubberley main campus, right next to the tennis courts. 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!

Temporary Library Now Open at Cubberley
The Mitchell Park and Downtown library operations have been moved to the Cubberley Community Center Auditorium and are now open and will remain open while the new Mitchell Park Library/Youth Center is built, and the Downtown Library is renovated. Now you can visit the library and our booksales all in one stop!

The main book sale will be held in the patio area outside the Library for this month.

Non-Profit Book Giveaway
Non-profit organizations, schools and teachers that need FREE books should come to the Bargain Room this month from 4 to 6 pm on Sunday, September 12. 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.

September Sale Notes

Our Main Room continues to be closed due to the August 9 fire. No timetable has yet been set for when we will be able to get the building back. We will have our sale in the patio area outside of the new temporary Mitchell Park Library in Cubberley Building O (see sale map). Bargain Room and Children's Room are open as normal, and we'll be accepting donations and selling Ephemera outside of the 'old' Main Room.... The Main Sale books will be arranged on tables. Our normal sale policies still apply:

  • 12 book buying limit for the first hour or until the Sale Manager removes the limit (you may re-enter the sale as many times as you wish).
  • No hoarding or stacking of books allowed (any unattended books will be returned to the sale).
  • Aggressive behavior will not be tolerated.
  • Scanning is allowed "in place" only - please help keep our sale orderly.
  • We reserve the right to eject from the sale anyone who does not comply with our policies.

Map of the Sale

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.

Smoke Damaged Inventory
The inventory that was in the Main Room in August during the fire is now available to be sold. We had hoped this process would not take as long as it did, but with three insurance companies in the mix there were some bureaucratic hassles we had to deal with. Offers are being taken on all or part of the inventory with preference being given to offers for the entirety. To make an appointment to view the inventory or for more information on the offer process you can send and email to or call (650) 213-8755 and leave your contact info. Offers will be taken starting immediately.
Exceptional/Collectible Books Sale Last Month
We were very pleased with our "Better Book Bonanza" experiment in August. The next similar sale will be in November. Thank you for your comments and suggestions many of which will be incorporated at the next sale. Books are already being collected for the next event.
We're Still Accepting Donations!
Donations are still being accepted in front of the 'old' Main Room. There is usually a volunteer attending to the donation station every afternoon or you may leave your donations on or behind the table. Receipts are available on the table if no volunteer is present. We'll also arrange pickup of large donations or if you are unable to bring your books to us.
Bargain Room Bag Sale on Sunday
On Sunday the Bargain Room features a "bag sale". For $5.00 you purchase a large shopping bag from our cashier and then you can fill it up with anything inside the Bargain Room. We encourage creative bag packing to maximize value. For every 4 bags you buy, you get an additional bag FREE! If you don't want to buy a whole bag, all items are 50% off our Saturday prices - so hardback books and media are only 50 cents, softcover books only 25 cents.
The Annual Members-Early Sale has been set for Saturday, November 13. Due to the fire, the location may change. Details will be published in future newsletters and will also be available on the web site.... Remember, we do accept donations during the sale - drop off a few and pick up some new ones.... Coming Soon - sell your stuff on eBay and donate a portion of the proceeds to FOPAL!
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.

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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