Friends of the Library Bookstore

The Friends of the Library Bookstore offers amazing deals on a wide variety of items. Even better, its proceeds support Library initiatives! Visit the bookstore on the first floor of the Main Library to discover new-to-you treasures.

Pricing

  • Hardcover books: $2.50
  • Paperback books: $1.25
  • Children's books: 50 cents
  • DVDs: $1.00
  • CDs: 50 cents
  • Magazines and sheet music: 25 cents
  • Vinyl records and cassette tapes: 25 cents
  • Artwork: varies
  • Friends gift items, including note cards, t-shirts, baseball caps, book bags, and nylon backpacks: varies
  • Limited edition, collectible books are available through the Friends Amazon store–listings may be purchased in the bookstore to save shipping charges

Big Book Sale

The Friends of the Library has a four-day big book sale twice a year with thousands of items at bargain prices! Learn more.

Bookstore Donations (during COVID-19)

The Friends of the Library Bookstore is now accepting donations at both the Main and Ellettsville Branch Library locations. The Main drive-up return slot is open during curbside pickup hours, and the Kirkwood Avenue walk-up and Ellettsville Branch return slots are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Items should go in the same return slots as Library materials. Larger donations (more than what may fit inside one reasonably-sized box), and/or delicate items, may be taken on a case-by-case basis by contacting Mike Burns at (812) 349-3083, mburns [at] mcpl.info.

Bookstore Donations (prior to COVID-19)

Want to donate to the bookstore? It's easy! Bring your donations to any customer assistance desk or to the drive-up window at the Main Library. You can also bring them directly to the bookstore while it's open. If you have just a few bags or boxes, the Ellettsville Branch will accept those too. To arrange for a large donation to picked up from your home, call (812) 349-3083.

What to Donate

  • Popular, scholarly, and children's books
  • Audiobooks (on cassette tape or CD)
  • Movies (DVDs or blu-rays discs)
  • Music (vinyl records, cassette tapes, or CDs)
  • Artwork
  • Current magazines (please call first, as needs may vary)

What Not to Donate

  • Textbooks over 20 years old
  • Damaged books, including those with loose or missing pages, mold, or water damage
  • Annual publications over 5 years old (i.e. travel guides, almanacs, test preparation guides)
  • Encyclopedias or computer manuals over 5 years old (please note that children's encyclopedias of any age are accepted)
  • Reader's Digest Condensed Books
  • VHS movies

Unwanted materials can be recycled at 3400 S. Walnut Street in Bloomington. If you have questions about making a donation or the bookstore, please call (812) 349-3083.