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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.


Come on in and browse for your next great read!

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

Phone: 925.385.2296

Monday - Thursday: 10am - 6pm
Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm


Click HERE for a list of 2024 holiday closures

Click HERE to join our mailing list to receive sales alerts and notices for selected programs!



Accepted donations include gently used books, DVDs, books on CD, complete puzzles and board games.


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. 


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

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 2023 - 2024

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


2019   2020    2021    2022    2023

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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 event. Winning selections are made into Library bookmarks and distributed through the schools, the Library and Friends Corner Book Shop.


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


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

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