One of the best ways to support the Los Altos Library and Friends of the Library is to patronize our stores!

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Online Sales (see Home Page for description of our new Online Bookshelf)

In-Library Sales

Quarterly Book Sales (Special outdoor sales and quarterly sales are postponed till spring.)

Friends' Cafe (closed due to Covid-19 regulations)


Online Sales

The Friends offer a limited number of our highest quality books and media online via Our internet collection includes a variety of popular fiction, non-fiction, text books and hard-to-find CDs and DVDs at very competitive prices. Look here first if you want a “nearly new” book, CD, or DVD. But, always remember to visit our library sale shelves and quarterly sales for the broadest selection.Also see the Home Page for news about our new online BOOKSHELF.

In-Library Ongoing Sales 

The Friends stock over 1,000 books on the sales shelves in the Main Library. You can find recently published books for all ages on the shelves in the Main Library, next to the “on-hold” area and across from the circulation desk. A smaller collection is maintained in the Woodland branch (currently closed). 

Boxes of books for sale, people in the background, label reads Friends of Los Altos LibraryQuarterly Book Sales (Cancelled due to Covid-19.)

Our book sales are offered four times per year and each features over 25,000 gently used items! Our books, audio books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles and games are appropriate for all ages.

Our quarterly book sales are very popular with the community as well as with professional used book dealers. Our inventory attracts a wide audience, as the Los Altos Friends is known for offering top quality used items in a wide variety of subject areas – all at a great savings! Plus, by buying from Friends of the Library, you’re supporting literacy and our local library, an important community resource.

Normally, the sales operate from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon and all prices are “as marked.” Please note that we accept CASH ONLY at our sales.

  • Friday night is Members Only night – from 6:30 – 9:00 pm members of Friends of the Library of Los Altos get a first chance to buy before the sale is open to the public.
  • Saturday – from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, open to the public
  • Sunday – from 12 noon – 3:00 pm, books are available to purchase by the bag. Patrons buy bags for $5 each and fill them with their own selection of books.

Upcoming Outdoor Sales (see Home Page for Details):   

  • Fiction and More! Book Sale, October 11, 2020, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Los Altos History House Patio.
  • Nonfiction and More! Book Sale, October 25, 2020, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Los Altos History House Patio.

Friends' Cafe (Closed due to Covid-19.)

The Friends' Cafe in the Main Library is open during the daytime library hours (10 AM – 5 PM). We offer inexpensive beverages and snacks such as coffee, tea, cold drinks, muffins, cookies and healthy snacks. The cafe is located to the left of the library lobby entrance.  It is manned during some hours of the day; at other times it operates on the honor system. While the cafe is a significant source of income for the Friends, we also aim to keep our prices very low to best serve library patrons' needs.

people browsing at book sale