The Friends’ Bookstore at Central

Pay a bargain price for gently used bestsellers and other titles you might not find on the library shelves.

Best of all: Friends’ members enjoy a hefty discount! Bring your membership card or join today.

Located off Central’s north lobby, the store’s weekday hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m.

Book sale

Patio Book Sales

On occasion, big book sales are held on second Saturday of the month on the East or West Patio of Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena. Want to be notified of upcoming sales? Subscribe to our email list!

The first hour (9 a.m. to 10 a.m.) is reserved for members of The Friends. Bring your membership card or join on the spot! Doors open to the general public at 10 a.m.; the sale concludes at 1 p.m.

Book Donations

  • Donations can be made anytime in the Book Donation receptacle at the Central Library, delivery area, northeast side of the building, adjacent to the Accessible Entrance. Donations are also accepted in our Bookstore at the Central Library from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and noon – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.We accept:
  • Hardback and paperback books in good, clean condition, including Children’s and Young Adult books
  • Commercially published media (CDs and DVDs; no VHS, please)
  • Comic books and graphic novels
  • Sheet music
  • Art prints and posters (framed or unframed)
  • Postcards and complete puzzles in original boxes


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