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See pictures of some of the 50,000+ books that
offered in May's sale. We hold regular book sales in Palo Alto:
|Cubberley Community Center
Second two-day weekend of each month
- 4 pm
Tickets available at 8 am
Outdoor $1 sale 9 am (weather permitting)
11 am - 4 pm
10 am - 4 pm
11 am - 4 pm
Bargain Room H2-3
10 am - 4 pm
11 am - 4 pm
50% sale / $5 a bag
4000 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
We have over 50,000 wonderful used books, records,
videos, magazines, and more at our monthly sale. These
are mostly from donations from individuals, estates, and
companies. We also sell items that the Palo Alto
library has removed from their shelves to make room for new
Our Main Room is along the north driveway, adjacent to the
Charleston Shopping Center (see map below).
In this room, hardbound books start at $1 each and paperback books
at 50 cents each. Please bring your large book donations
to this room too.
Children's books, music, videos, and toys are in our new room (near
the Cubberley track, Pavilion and the Greendell School), where you'll
find many items for 50 cents or $1, including picture books, school age
fiction and nonfiction, non-English language books, CDs and DVDs, and
books for parents and teachers. On Saturday, during the first hour of
the sale, please select no more than 12 books at a time, and bring
them to the cashiers to hold until you are ready to pay for all your
Bargain books are in rooms H2 and H3, where hardbound books are all $1, paperbacks
are 50 cents each,
and children's books are just 25 cents.
On Sunday, prices in the bargain room are
half-off, plus you can save even more by purchasing grocery bags
from us for $5 each and then filling these with books. Please note that the
Children's and Bargain
rooms open one hour earlier than the
Main room on Saturday.
You can purchase gift certificates at the sale in $5
Some customers come very early on Saturday to ensure an early place in line.
We hand out a maximum of two numbered tickets per person at the Main Room, beginning at 8 am on the Saturday of the sale.
If you receive a ticket, the number on it reserves
your corresponding place in the line, allowing you to go off
and get coffee or to visit the Children's and Bargain Book
Please be sure to return to the Main Room a few minutes before it opens to reclaim your spot in the line:
if you miss the time when your number is allowed to enter the Main Room
you will forfeit your place in line. If you donít arrive in time to get a ticket, please
just join the latter part of the line.
Because of our severe space limitations and compelling issues of
health and safety, we will only allow 160 customers into the Main Room at a time.
On Saturdays, customers will be originally admitted in the order of
their numbered tickets that are given out from 8 to 11 am. Once inside,
customers may take only 12 books off of shelves, after which they
should purchase these and exit via the east door. They may then join at
the end of any remaining line at the north door and reenter in that order.
The limitation of 12 books at a time will continue past noon if a line remains
Map of Cubberley Community
Center Book Sale Location
Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Our prices are incredibly low, as these examples illustrate:
Hearts in Atlantis
|Border's (Palo Alto):
|Know Knew Books (Palo Alto):
|BookBuyers (Mountain View):
|Our Cubberley bargain room price:
|Border's (Palo Alto):
|Our price at Cubberley:
You'll find these same low prices on all the other tens of thousands
of books that we have. While some booksellers may pledge a portion
of your purchase to help local libraries, we give 100%. Plus, we charge
no sales tax and we have
the friendliest sales people you'll ever find.
Free Newsletter About Book Sales
Keep informed about upcoming sales, changes of hours, and special sales via our free monthly
e-mail newsletter. We held nine special sales in a recent twelve-month
period, and the e-mail newsletter will keep you informed of each
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Annual Members-Early Sale
Once a year, we hold a members-early sale, at which members of the Friends of
the Palo Alto Library are admitted early to the Main Room sale. The 2012 members-early
sale will be held on December 8, 2012. At our member-early sales, life
members and their spouses enter at 9 am and can purchase up to 50 books (per
membership) during that first hour.
At 10 am, the rest of our members are admitted and everyone can buy the usual 12
books at a time. At 11 am, non-members are admitted. The limit on
purchasing 12 books at a time lasts until there is no longer a line waiting to
Tickets for early arrivers
differently at the members-early sale. Tickets given out are for the 9 am and 10 am
lines at the Main Room, since most people who come early are members of the
Friends. Each member will get just one ticket, although members at and
above the $25 levels may bring in their families, consisting of one or two
adults and children, while life members may bring in their spouses. No
tickets will be given out for the 11 am line.
Regular membership in the Friends
is only $15 ($10 for students and seniors, $25 for families) and is tax-deductible.
Members also receive a discount coupon by mail for the sale, a 10% discount at
at the Town and Country Village,
and eligibility for the Stanford Federal Credit Union,
which has a new convenient Downtown office. If you're
not already a paid-up member, avoid delay at the sale by joining
Free Books for Non-Profits and Public Agencies
For a number of years, the Friends of the Palo Alto Library have provided
free used books to non-profit organizations and public agencies. Eligible
organizations come right after the monthly sale closes on Sunday (from 4 pm to
6 pm) and select books from
among the thousands of books available in the bargain room. We have distributed vast numbers of
books to local hospitals, homeless programs, senior centers, schools, and jails, as well as to
libraries in rural areas and on reservations, and to literacy projects in
many other countries. What your organization must provide is someone to come to our location
after our monthly sale, select books, and remove them. For more information on
eligibility, hours, and the types of materials available, please contact Norma Burchard by
or at (650) 494-1082.