Book Sales

10/15/21: Two-day book sale on Friday, November 5th and Saturday, November 6th!

  • 2-5pm on Friday, November 5th and 10am-2pm on Saturday, November 6th
  • Upstairs at the Main Library
  • Thousands of books in all categories: a wide variety of adult fiction and non-fiction, collectibles, CDs, DVDs and loads of children’s books!
  • Most items priced at $1 or $2, cash and checks only


Our on-site book sales take place upstairs in the Great Hall of the Main Library at 800 Alma Street, Menlo Park. See Directions.

For information about our year-round online sales, see Amazon Sales.

Dates And Times

Our regular on-site book sales are held four times a year:

  • a Spring sale in March;
  • a Summer sale in June;
  • a Fall sale in September; and
  • a Holiday sale in December (no Holiday sale in 2021)

The regular March, June and September sales are spread over a weekend and the December sale is on a Saturday. We set the dates for the upcoming four sales at the end of the preceding calendar year and post them to this page.

Range Of Books And Other Items

In General. At our on-site book sales, we offer used adult titles in a broad range of fiction, poetry and drama, non-fiction and reference categories. We also offer a large selection of children's titles. We feature both recent and older publications. In addition to books, we offer used CDs, DVDs, puzzles and games.
Holiday Sales. At our December sales, we feature a number of items selected for suitability as gifts.
Collectibles. Unlike our bookstore, our on-site book sales also feature a number of antiquarian and collectible books (including sets).

Typical Prices

In General. Our on-site book sale prices are very modest. A majority of the books and other items are in the $1-$2 range. Selected items are priced a little higher, while most mass-market paperbacks are priced at 50 cents. The price for each item is either inside the cover page or stickered on the front.
Antiquarian and Collectible Books. The prices for these books are higher to reflect their age and rarity. However, they are priced modestly compared to their retail re-sale value.
Bag SalesOn the Sunday of our Spring, Summer and Fall two-day sales, purchases of individual items remaining after the first day are discounted by 50% from the marked price. In addition, customers may purchase as many items as will fit into a bag for $5. Customers must use the bags provided by us. (The November 5-6, 2021 sale will not include a bag sale)

Payment Methods

We accept cash and checks for purchases at our on-site book sales. Credit cards are not accepted.
We offer assistance in bagging or boxing purchases. However, we do expect our customers to remove their purchases from the Library premises by the time the sale is over that day. We cannot hold items after that.

Sign-Up For Notices

If you would like to receive e-mail notice of each of our upcoming book sales, please sign up through our Book Sale Notifications.