Friends of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center

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Friends of the Lafayette Library selling gently used books since 1967.

The mission of the Friends is to support programs, collections, and services of the Lafayette Library.

The Friends of the Lafayette Library also sell a variety of books on Amazon. Click the button for our inventory of over 1,800 fiction and nonfiction titles.

LOCATION AND HOURS

Friends Corner Book Shop is NOW OPEN!

Come on in and browse for great summer reading! 
 

Friends Corner Book Shop volunteers have been hard at work behind the scenes building an accessible inventory to enhance your shopping experience. We look forward to welcoming you back inside. We are also continuing our "front door"service. If you are looking for a particular book, email your request to friendscornerbookshop@gmail.com and we will let you know if it's available. Proceeds from Corner Book Shop sales support Lafayette Library and Learning Center's collection, programs and services.

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA 94549
At the corner of First Street and Golden Gate Way


Sunday - Monday: Closed
Tuesday thru Friday: 10am - 2pm
Saturday: 9am - 1pm
 

Join our mailing list to receive sales alerts and notices for selected programs!
 

Click HERE to join our mailing list

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DONATE BOOKS AND RELATED ITEMS

 

Accepted donations include gently used books, DVDs, CDs, audio books, Blu-ray discs, complete puzzles and boardgames

 

We do not accept books that are damaged, mildewed or moldy, smell of tobacco, or with significant underlining, highlight or notes. We do not accept encyclopedias, legal casebooks and statutes, magazines, recordings, video or audio cassettes or music CDs. All donations are tax-deductible. Receipts available at the donation site and inside the Book Shop.

Donations are now being accepted. Enter the Library parking garage and locate 2 grey cabinets behind the old fire engine. Books should be removed from bags/boxes and placed in the cabinet. Please donate only 2 bags/boxes of books at one time to allow space for others to donate. 

VOLUNTEER - BECOME A FRIEND

Volunteering in the Friends Corner Book Shop is a great way to support the Lafayette Library. It’s both enjoyable and rewarding. Volunteer Opportunities include shelving books, staffing the front desk, greeting and helping customers, processing book donations for sale, and assisting with Amazon sales. To learn more about volunteering in the Book Shop Contact us.

Volunteer to assist with Friends programs, events or special projects, or serve on the Friends Board. The Friends board is a working board and each member fulfills a specific need of the organization. From time to time vacancies do occur. If you are interested in being considered for a board vacancy, please contact us at LLLCFriends@friendsoflafayettelibrary.org.

ABOUT Friends

Past and Present “Friends” have supported the Lafayette Library since 1860


The Friends of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center is a volunteer 501(c)3 organization that exists to support the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. Friends is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, with each person making a unique and meaningful contribution to the organization and the Lafayette Library.

Friends Board of Directors 2020-2021

Financials for Friends of the Lafayette Library are available to download:

 

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WHAT FRIENDS SUPPORTS

Money raised by selling gently used books support the Lafayette Library and Learning Center.

Friends underwrites a variety of programs for children and adults.

  • Health and Wellness series

  • Technology camps and classes

  • Music, Art and Science programs
    and other special events. 
     

The Friends underwrites the cost of these programs such as speaker fees, supplies, and room rentals.

  • Master Gardener Programs

  • Summer Reading Program

  • Seasonal and Holiday Programs

The Friends also support a substantial segment of the Lafayette Library collection:

Books and audio booksCDs and DVDs, magazines and periodicals such as the New York Times, Washington Post,
Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, and Barrons.

Programs sponsored and hosted by friends
 
  • Sweet Thursday author events

  • Wonders of the World (WOW) museum docent lectures

  • Youth Bookmark Contest: Calling all young artists, grades K-8!  Our bookmark contest is an annual winter event. Check back in early 2021 for details. Winning selections are made into Library bookmarks.

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History of the Friends of the Lafayette Library

Lafayette's first Library, possibly the oldest Library in the county, was located in a post office building on what is today the Safeway parking lot. As early as 1913, the Lafayette Improvement club filled the role of the Friends of the Library.

 

Read more (including photos) about the history of the Friends, and the Book Shop (as shown on the timeline) HERE

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The Friends Corner Book Shop has more than 150 categories with more than 20,000 books.