Friends of the Library Bookstore

In-Person Services

The Friends of the Library Bookstore is open Tuesday and Thursday 11 AM–7 PM, Friday and Saturday 11 AM–5 PM, and Sunday 1–5 PM.

 

Friends Merchandise

Looking for a perfect gift for your library-loving friend? The Friends Bookstore offers unique gifts for Library supporters, including t-shirts, masks, notecards, tote bags, bicentennial mugs and ornaments, and more! Order merchandise with your credit card.

 

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 Downtown Library to discover new-to-you treasures. 

 

Pricing

  • 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

The Friends of the Library Bookstore accepts donations at all Library locations. Donations can be dropped off at the donation carts at the Downtown Library in Bloomington (on the east side of the second-floor information desk) or at the Ellettsville Branch (next to the information desk) while the Library is open. Up to 10 boxes can be accepted at each location. Limited donations (one bag) may be accepted at the Bookmobile and Outreach Van stops as space allows. Contact the Bookstore Operator, Mike Burns, at mburns [at] mcpl.info (subject: Bookstore%20Donations) or 812-349-3083 to make arrangements for donations larger than 10 boxes.

 

Accepted Items

  • Fiction and nonfiction books, scholarly and technical books, and children's books. Books can be of any age or vintage
  • Audiobooks on CD only (Must be intact and playable. No loose discs, please)
  • Movies on DVD or Blu-Ray (Must be intact and playable. No loose discs or empty cases, please)
  • Music on vinyl records, cassette tapes, or CDs (Must be intact and playable. No empty cases or loose records, tapes, or CDs, please)
  • Artwork, framed or unframed
  • Current magazines (please call first, as needs may vary)

Rejected Items

  • Damaged books with loose, missing, or torn or chewed on pages, have mold or water damage, or books that smell of smoke or mildew
  • VHS movies
  • Textbooks over 5 years old
  • Annual or monthly publications over 5 years old (i.e. travel guides, almanacs, test preparation guides, academic or literary journals)
  • Encyclopedias or computer manuals over 5 years old (please note that children's encyclopedias of any age are accepted)
  • Reader's Digest Condensed Books

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