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May and June FOPAL Sales Cancelled

There will be no June sale and we are monitoring government regulations on opening to judge whether we will have time after opening (if in June) and for volunteers to be ready for a July sale. Whenever the next sale will be it will look very different. The number of people in our sale rooms will be greatly diminished from our usual sales. There will probably be a time limit for any small group to be in the sale rooms. Customers will be asked to self examine themselves so as not to introduce any infection to others in the sale. More information to come as we learn more.

Since the Santa Clara County order was announced on March 16, all of our scheduled activities have stopped. No book sales, and no sorting, so no donation room hours. Please do not bring your donations to us, there is very likely no-one there to receive them and they will get wet if rain starts.

The Library's physical facilities being closed, so are our in-library stores.

Thank you for your cooperation and we hope to see you in June or July as long as conditions improve.

Wellness Resources

Community Support Call Center

The City of Palo Alto activated a Community Support Call Center on Wednesday, March 18th to connect the community with information to help navigate services during the coronavirus crisis. Utility rate-relief program info is available for both residential and business customers.
Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30am-6pm
(650) 272-3181

Palo Alto Avenidas Friendship Line

Simply call the Avenidas Friendship Line for assistance or to request a friendly phone call.
(650) 289-5400

San Francisco Warm Line

The San Francisco-based Warm Line provides a free, 24-hour non-emergency support and referrals to California residents via the toll-free phone line at (855) 845-7415. Counselors and coordinators available offering validation and empathy.
(855) 845-7415

Public Safety Announcement

The City of Palo Alto has an in-depth webpage with more details and updates daily, including the new guidance from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department to protect the most vulnerable in the community, such as those 80 years and older and those with pre-existing health conditions. For details and daily updates check: You can also sign up for alerts at:

Library Closings in May and June

They're closed like we are. But they've got things to distract you.

There are a few things on the event calendar for May. They're virtual events enabled by the Internet and typically require prior registration. You can find Palo Alto Library events on the Library's event calendar.

The Library has an overview of its online offerings at its eLibrary page. Many of these offerings are available to Library card holders, and the Library has also worked to make it easier for new card holders to get access to some of these. Read about it here.


We're always eager to hear your suggestions for ways to improve our book sale. Please email us at

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