Shop for Books and More
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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The Friends offer a limited number of our highest quality books and media online via Amazon.com. 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.
In-Library Ongoing Sales
The Friends stock over 1,000 books on the sales shelves in the Main Library and Woodland Branch. You can find recently published books for all ages on the shelves in the Main Library, next to the “on-hold” room and across from the circulation desk. A smaller collection is maintained in the Woodland branch. And, don’t miss our popular 25-cent collection of older books and cookbooks, located on a cart in the entrance of the Main Library. The selection on all of these shelves changes daily, so stop by often to find that perfect bargain-priced book.
Quarterly Book Sales
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.
The August sale is at the Los Altos Youth Center. 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.
- August 23 - 25, 2019 at Los Altos Youth Center (LAYC), 1 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos, CA 94022
- November 1-3, 2019 at LAYC
- February 7-9, 2020 at LAYC
- May 1-3, 2020 at LAYC
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.