Take a book home — An introduction to the Friends Bookstore!

Looking for something to add to your library at home?

You never know what you might find at the Friends Bookstore, located in the lobby of the Downtown Santa Cruz Library. Titles range from New York Times Best Sellers to books written by local authors, from knitting and European history to mystery thrillers and teen fiction.

A frequent patron of the library but first-time customer of the bookstore walked away with a gem in hand today.

She was browsing the art section when she came across “Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling” by Ross King. She had recently read the book and enjoyed it, and decided to check the bookstore for a copy to give as a gift. To her surprise, the book was there in pristine condition.

“The chances I would find it — this is crazy!” she said. She plans on returning to look for more books on spirituality, art, and poetry.

When I asked Alex Valencia, a Friends Bookstore volunteer, what he likes best about the bookstore, he responded, “The classics section. There are a lot of classics there that everyone should pick up at least once.”

Alex recently found two of George Orwell’s classics, Animal Farm and 1984, combined into one book.

And the best part?

“Most books range from $3-$5 dollars,” Alex said. Kids books are even cheaper, usually only $1-$3.

Not only are you walking away with a great book for a great price, you’re supporting the library at the same time.

“The library is for the people — if people give to the library, the library will continue to give back, especially to the kids,” Alex said. “If people donate more, the library can do more for them.”

Stay tuned on Thursday to learn about the different sections in the bookstore and the kinds of books they have.


Buying books is just one of the ways you can support the library. Visit this link to find out about more ways your help can pay it forward to the whole community!

Stop by the Bookstore during these hours:

Mon – Thurs: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Fri: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sat: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sun: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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