Friends of the Library Bookstore

In-Person Services

The Friends of the Library Bookstore is open. Hours are Tuesday–Saturday 11 AM–4 PM. The first open hour of each day is reserved for high-risk customers. The bookstore has a maximum capacity of 8.

 

Friends Virtual Bookstore

The virtual bookstore offers unique gifts for Library supporters, including masks, bicentennial mugs and ornaments, t-shirts, notecards, tote bags, and more! You can also browse the shelves and order a “blind date with a bag of books” by genre. Items purchased online via the virtual bookstore can be picked up at the Main Library when ready. Start shopping now!

 

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. 

 

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 the Main Library. Donations can be dropped off at the donation cart on the east side of the second-floor information desk during current Library hours. Contact the Bookstore Operator, Mike Burns, at mburns [at] mcpl.info or 812-349-3083 to make arrangements for 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.