Book Sales

Amazon Store Did you know your Friends also sell books on Amazon? If you see a book you like on Amazon, check if a used copy is being sold by “Friends of the SCPL” or click directly on our page to see the full list of our current offerings. Your Friends appreciate you adding that copy to your cart!

You can click also directly on the PRODUCTS tab at the top tool bar on our seller page to see our latest offerings. It’s on the tab to the right of the other tabs, underneath the description of the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.


July 31st
FSCPL: Free Book GiveAway! @ Downtown Branch (12:00pm – 1:30pm) – Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries — We Appreciate Your Support! Location: Outside to the right of the Santa Cruz Library Downtown Branch entrance. FREE books from Friends of SCPL! * Weather Permitting*

August 3rd & August 4th
Church Street Fair Book Sale @ outside Downtown Branch (1pm – 4pm) – A Friends Book Sale on the same weekend as the Church Street Fair, featuring our excess lobby books at very inexpensive prices! Location: On the corner near the downtown Santa Cruz Public Library entrance on Church Street.

August 17th
Book Sale @ Aptos Branch (10am – 3pm) – Come browse a wide ranging collection from fiction and non-fiction to children’s books, audio books to CDs. Held on the 3rd Saturday of each month, from January through October.

Every weekend in August
Book Sales: Continuing, for Capitola Branch @ Capitola Mall – Our storefront Book Sale is at the Capitola Mall again this month! Lots of used books, CDs & DVDs! Where: Capitola Mall, between Macy’s and the Food Court. (Note: this is a new location.) Proceeds benefit the Capitola Branch Library, and held by the Friends of the Capitol Branch Library.
Hours for the bookstore:
Every Friday 12-4
Every Saturday 10-4
Every Sunday 12-4.


About Friends Book Sales

The Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries hold a few big book sales every year. The books and media sold are the crème de la crème of the library donations, from fiction to children’s books, audio books to CD’s (sorry, no vinyl). Our non-fiction covers subjects from A-Z: cookbooks, crafts, foreign languages and gardening, health & well-being, poetry, religion & spirituality, travel, reference, sports & games, and humor! We also have an impressive selection of vintage books, including some real treasures of antiquity.

“I’ve been looking for this book all over the world. I found it in London for £800. I paid $2 today!” — a customer

The Friends also have several small sales several times a year around the county. The small sales are often themed and bring select books and media to each sale.

To donate books to the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries for our next Book Sale, please deliver them to your local Santa Cruz Public Library. If you would like to volunteer at a Book Sale, please contact us at or (831) 427-7700, ext. 5790.