Friends of the Palo Alto Library Edjoo and Kate Visit our web site 

Friends and Family Personal Sales Continue By Appointment

Many thanks to all supporters of FOPAL's Main, Children's and Bargain Room Teams who have visited us this past month. It has been lovely to see you all and your assistance in helping to keep the books, audiobooks, games and puzzles, CDs, records (yes, records, in the Main Room), DVDs, and postcards moving to new homes is much appreciated!

The February monthly sale has also been cancelled so you may sign up for a 2-hour shopping session overseen by a volunteer host.

Purchases may be made with check, Venmo, PayPal or exact cash; no change will be given. A minimum of $20 to $30 would ideally be spent by each shopper or shopping group. Each visit will have a maximum of two hours. All buyers must adhere to our COVID restrictions of wearing a face covering, reading our health screening posted on the door, and after answering no to all of the questions, signing the contact sheet inside the front door.

If you miss our sales and our fantastic offerings of items in three rooms, anyone who wants to shop is definitely a Friend and you can sign up via

Main Room:
Requested minimum purchase (per person): $30

Children's Room:
Requested minimum purchase (per person): $20

Bargain Room:
No requested minimum purchase, but please sign up with the intention to show up and look for something to buy (prices start at $1 and mostly go down from there)

In Main and Children's Rooms, customers must shop only on shelves where items are priced. Volunteers continue to price and shelve books from boxes on the floor.

We look forward to seeing you and offer our thanks for your continued support. Thanks! -F&F Volunteers

Shop FOPAL Off-site sales locations

If you're unable to attend a personal sale, you can also check out our in-library store at Mitchell Park Library and two gondolas full of books and other materials at Rinconada Library.

FOPAL Store & Mitchell Park Library Hours


FOPAL Gondola & Rinconada Library Hours


FOPAL's On-line High Value Book Sales

You can find books we have listed on Amazon here.

Buying the copy/ies we have listed is a bit trickier than that though, you may have to look through the copies listed online for one that is sold by "Friends of the Palo Alto Library".

News from the Library, by E-mail and RSS

You can read the Library's February news here. It's where yr hmbl newsletter editor got updates for Rinconada Library's hours!

If you have ever given the Library your e-mail address, like this newsletter editor did when he signed up for a Palo Alto Library card, you have probably noticed that they are sending you one to a few e-mails per month since the start of the pandemic.

If you haven't been getting these e-mails, and are curious, there's an archive of them here. The messages linked from the archive page have links to a subscription page.

If you prefer this sort of thing in your RSS reader instead of your e-mail, you can get the RSS feed here. (This may open in your RSS reader instead of in your browser.)

The City may also be sending you "Uplift Local" e-mails once a week or so. This week's mentions the Library's celebration of Black History Month, and may be read here.


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


We are closed for donations from Sunday February 6 through Sunday February 14 to refresh the Main Room for further Friends and Family Sales through the rest of February.

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, 3pm-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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