The Friends Café in the Main Library is urgently looking for additional volunteers to help us keep the café open. One or two hours a week would help a lot.
Morning: around 9-10am, make coffee, set out merchandise, and update inventory. Afternoon: 3-5pm, replenish merchandise, update inventory and serve customers.
For more information or to volunteer for a time slot email
*** SPECIAL SALE ***
Now on the tables in the Main Library: Children's Non Fiction and Series and the Jewish New Year's Holiday Books.
Community Book Sales
Next Sale: November 3 - 5, 2023
Friday, November 3, 6:30 - 9pm. Members only Preview Sale ! Join at the door for $10
Saturday, November 4, 10am - 4pm
Sunday, November 5, 11am -2:00pm. $5 bag sale!
We accept credit cards and cash, no checks.
Location: Los Altos Community Center (in cooperation with the city of Los Altos), 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos, CA 94022
To volunteer for a 3 hour shift: volbooksales@
Future Book Sales
All 2023 and 2024 sales are at the Los Altos Community Center 97 Hillview Ave, Los Altos, CA 94022
February 2 - 4, 2024
May 3 - 5, 2024
August 2 - 4, 2024
How to Donate Used Books
For donations of a small quantity of books (10 items or less), there are now 2 labeled boxes on a cart inside the Main Library lobby (on the right side of the lobby). For larger quantities, please continue to drop off your items, weather permitting, on Wednesdays from 2 - 4pm and on Saturdays from 10am to noon curbside near the sheds which sit between the History House and the Police Station. We accept books, DVDs, audiobooks, CDs, and puzzles in resale condition. Books must be packed into cardboard boxes or brown paper bags. Books in plastic garbage bags are not accepted.
The donation station will not be open when rain is present or anticipated.
Click here for details or on our Donate tab, above.
The Friends In-Library Ongoing Sales Shelves
Discover wonderful books at bargain prices in the Los Altos Main Library. New books added every day.
Current library hours: Monday - Thursday 10am - 9pm, Friday - Sunday, 10am-7pm
The Friends Amazon Sales
Find our highest value books online through Amazon. See the sidebar to the right (or above) for the link.
For information about how you can volunteer to support our activities contact us at: volunteers@
Newsletter - July 2023
Read our newsletter for the latest news: new Officers and Chairs, new Superfriends and the history of their aprons, and an event in the Summer Reading Program featuring Gordon, a record holder in the Guinness Book of Records.
Annual Report for FY 2021-2022
As pandemic-era restrictions loosened we resumed sales both in and outside the library. As a result, Friends total income of $202,500 was almost double that of the prior year. Expenses were low as library staff continued to work through funds donated by Friends in FY2020. Friends is now discussing with library staff how to best use this income to improve patron services.Learn more about our income and expenses by reading the Annual Report.