Buy Books

Every item sold raises money to support Sunnyvale Public Library.

Buy books at our sales!

Our current sale schedule is below. All sales are at the Sunnyvale Public Library, 665 W. Olive, Sunnyvale, California 94086.

Members of the Friends (AND teachers & librarians with school ID) can get into Saturday sales at 9am, an hour before the sale officially begins (and an hour before the library actually opens). Membership is only $10 per year for individuals or $200 for a life membership, and you can join on the spot at every sale to get in immediately!

Note: Members can easily get into our book sales during the “members only” hour even without a membership card — just check in with the membership volunteer at the sale entrance.

Note: All of our Sunday sales are bag sales, where you purchase a large shopping bag from us for $5 and fill it with whatever books you like!

Upcoming Book Sales

November 2023: Nov. 18 – 19

January 2024: Jan. 20 – 21

March 2024: March 16 – 17

May 2024: May 18 – 19

July 2024: July 20 – 21

September 2024: Sept. 21 – 22

November 2024: Nov. 16 – 17

Buy books from The Friends at the Library every day!

Visit our Lobby Book Sale inside Sunnyvale Public Library for great buys on like new books for all ages.

  • Now accepting Apple Pay, Google Pay, credit, debit, etc.
  • Books are available for purchase every day, whenever the Library is open, not just on special sale days
  • Most books are GIFT QUALITY
  • Most prices are a small fraction of the original cover price
  • New selection daily
  • All proceeds from our book sales go to library programs and collections.

We sell special items through our eBay store.

Recent feedback includes:

Wonderful seller. Great communication. Highly recommended. Many thanks!

EXCELLENT SELLER! FAST SHIPPING, ITEM AS DESCRIBED, HIGHLY RECOMMEND A+ SAFE PACKAGING

Find even more special items through our Amazon store.

Recent feedback includes:

The description of the 90 year old book was very accurate. It was properly packed and promptly shipped. I’m very happy. – Sabine M., Feb. 2023

Excellent! The book was mailed promptly and securely packaged. Best of all this book is pristine and appears new and unread. I purchased the book as used and this is better than described. Thank you! – EAL, Feb. 2023

Very highly recommended seller! Well-priced & well-packaged book came promptly in better than listed condition! Book was listed as Good but was in Very Good condition. I appreciated the detailed description of the book’s condition and the note that it was donated to the library and thus not an ex-library book with the usual stamps, stickers and markings. I’ll happily buy from this seller again. – Ronald B., Sept. 2022

Book Sale Policies/Procedures

  • You may go through the line as often as you like and may purchase up to 20 items each time.
  • No stacking or hoarding – please carry your purchases with you. Books left unattended will be returned to their sale categories.
  • Take your purchases to the ‘tally table’ where a volunteer will add them up, then take the ‘tally slip’ to the cashier table to pay.
  • During bag sales, books are not sold individually – you purchase a grocery bag from us, then fill it up with whatever you want!
  • Please remember that everyone working at the sale is a volunteer!

General Info About Our Book Sales:

Our inventory depends on donations, but we typically have a large selection of excellent books in all major categories – computer/technology, fiction, literature, children’s books, health, history, art, reference, etc. Book dealers are welcome!

We always have DVDs and CDs; we always have hundreds of paperbacks and we usually have a very large foreign language selection.

Our sales take place inside the library Program Room. To get there, go to the right immediately after coming in the library entrance door.

Members of the Friends (AND teachers & librarians with school ID) can get into Saturday sales at 9am, an hour before the sale officially begins (and an hour before the library actually opens). Membership is only $10 per calendar year for individuals, $20/year for a family, or $200 for a life membership, and you can join on the spot at every sale to get in immediately!

Note: members can easily get into our book sales during the “members only” hour even without a membership card — just check in with the membership volunteer at the sale entrance.

The Friends of the Sunnyvale Library is a 100% volunteer organization. All proceeds from our sales benefit the Sunnyvale Library. Your purchases help pay for adult and children’s programs and many library improvements that would not otherwise be able to be made.

Book Donations

Upcoming Book Sales and Sponsored Events

We support Library programs. Visit our calendar for upcoming Sunnyvale Public Library events sponsored by the Friends.