Friends of the Library Bookstore

Friends Virtual Bookstore

Although the Friends of the Library Bookstore reopens on September 29 with limited hours and capacity, the Friends will continue to bring the bookshelves to the internet! Get more information and view the shelves.


General Information 

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.



  • Hardcover books: $3.00
  • Paperback books: $1.50
  • Children's/Young Adult hardcover books: $1.50
  • Children's/Young Adult paperback books: 75 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 accepts donations in the Main Library. Put your items on the gray cart labeled "donations" near the parking lot entrance and the self check area during current library hours. If you wish to not enter the library to make your donation, arrangements can be made directly with the Bookstore Operator, Mike Burns at mburns [at] (subject: Bookstore%20Donations)  or calling (812) 349-3083. You may also get in touch to make arrangements for accepting large donations (more than what may fit inside one reasonably-sized box).


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.