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Saturday August 14
Main Room Members' Early Sale 9am - 11am
Main Room General Sale 11am - 4pm
Bargain Room 9:30am - 4pm
Children's Room 10am - 4pm

Sunday August 15
All Rooms 11am - 4pm

What's special for August

July was an especially busy donation time and FOPAL's members are benefiting with an August Members' Early Sale. All FOPAL paid members can get in earlier than the normal 11am start time. See the section below pertaining to the Members' Early Sale. Summer is here, donations are up and we've got plenty of summer-time reading books, games, puzzles and more!

Look for several safety procedures and requirements in place for this sale.

  • Required face covers for all.
  • Requesting/administering self-health assessment of customers
    (don't shop if sick).
  • Allowing 80 customers in the Main Room beginning at 11am.
  • Allowing 80 customers in the Bargain Room.
  • Allowing 30 customers in the Children's Room.
  • Reduced number of cashiers and, moving most cashiers outside.

In Military History, look for a collection of books on the Spanish American War displayed just a few steps from the entry door on the right wall.... The Art section has been blessed with a wide variety of books on art, architecture, as well as a wide selection of studio art books. The Puzzles & Games section has had a strong month of new donations. The Children's Room has more than enough books to fill most sections twice, graphic novels, kids' non-fiction & fiction, toys, puzzles and games to name a handful of the overflowing sections. Our High-Value section is fully restocked and featuring a couple of vintage sets. The Bargain Room could have been filled two to three times over so hurry there at 9:30 for great bargains. Bargain Room free nights should be especially fruitful. Non-profit organizations may take a reasonable amount of materials free of charge from 4pm-6pm on August 15. Any member of the public may come on Monday, August 16 from 6pm-8pm to pick up free materials in the Bargain Room.

FOPAL Members Get the First Pick at Members' Early Sale

A fun and fabulous FOPAL Members' Early Sale is scheduled for Saturday, August 14th. Typically twice a year, FOPAL holds a Members' Early Sale, at which members of the Friends of the Palo Alto Library are admitted early to the Main Room sale.

Life and Sponsor Members Enter at 9am

At our Members' Early Sale, Life Members and Sponsors (each with up to one spouse or guest) may enter at 9am and can purchase up to 100 books per membership from 9am to 10am. Each (Life or Sponsor) member must give the one Purchase Slip per membership to the cashier before 10am in order to purchase up to 100 books. If a Life Member exits without purchasing all 100 books, he/she may take the Purchase Slip and reenter to fill out the 100 books as long as they are purchased by 10am.

Other Members Enter at 10am

Members at all other levels can enter the sale at 10am, and purchase up to 25 items per membership except Family Members may purchase up to 25 items for each of two adult members at a time. All members may enter with their families, including one accompanying adult and children.

At 11am, non-members are admitted. The limit on purchasing 12 books at a time lasts until there is no longer a line waiting to enter. New memberships can be purchased and expired memberships can be renewed beginning at 8am.

Ticket Handout Procedure

At our usual sale, tickets for early arrivers are given out to everyone starting at 8am for a line that forms later for entry at 11am.

At the Members' Early Sale, tickets are given only to members of FOPAL and are for two lines: one for entry at 9am, one for entry at 10am. Each member will get just one ticket, although Life & Sponsor Members may bring one guest between 9am and 10am and other Members may bring in their families, consisting of one other adult and minor children, beginning at 10am.

We do encourage members to bring Membership Cards even if expired; they do help the ticketing move more quickly. People who come early are members of FOPAL and so there's a greatly reduced line for the 11am general entry. No tickets are given out for the 11am general entry line.

You may renew your membership, or join FOPAL, that day. Renew, or join now at!


We have made it past Drop-off Donations 3.0 and have returned to accepting donations without the need to make an appointment.


We must pause accepting donations until August 16 while we prepare for the monthly sale. Please hold your donations until then.

Please read our donation guidelines before you bring materials to us.

All that said, our normal hours for drop-off donations are Monday through Saturday, 2pm-5pm. (But not the week before the sale.)


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

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