Friends of the Library Bookstore

Gifts available at the bookstore

Book display

Book display with Kermit


BOOK SALE now on at Friends of the Selby Public Library Bookstore

BOOK SALE now on at Friends of the Selby Public Library Bookstorethrough the holidays. Fill a bag for only $1 on select clearance books.  1/2 OFF books $3 or more, and other special daily bargains. All genres of quality books at low prices, including collectible out-of-print titles. Visit this newly renovated, spectacular store—a BOOK WONDERLAND of all genres of quality donated books, DVDs, CD’s and media at low prices. New arrivals are added daily. Great gift-giving items. The Bookstore is a favorite destination for all book lovers!  Also, shop our unique selection of donated  vintage jewelry and gifts---plus—our “Artist of the Month Exhibit”. The art is available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Selby Library.



Monday, September 24 through Monday, October 1

Collectible/rare donated books will be featured, as well as a trove of select
gently read books in all genres-Paperbacks & Hardcovers

Hours: 10:00 am-4:30 pm, Monday-Saturday Inside Selby Public Library, 1331 First Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
Information: 941-861-1140
All proceeds benefit Selby Library


The recent renovation is complete and the Bookstore is more inviting and user-friendly than ever before.

The Friends Bookstore is a treasure trove of gently used books in all genresincluding rare and collectible finds.There are popular best sellers and classical literature, self-help books, valuable history texts, travel guides, biographies and children’s stories.

All of this is now nestled onto the new shelves, cabinets and cases.

Beyond the printed material and art works, there are new and vintage jewelry, accessories and giftware.

All Friends Bookstore proceeds directly benefit the Selby Public Library’s programs.

The “FRIENDLIEST” BOOKSTORE You’ll find on Florida’s Gulf Coast

Friends of the Selby Public Library Bookstore boasts thousands of donated, gently read quality books in all categories at LOW PRICES. This is where readers can explore among titles by their favorite fiction writers, nonfiction works, and find treasures of out-of-print tomes, rare works, and antiquarian books. The average customer spends forty-five minutes perusing.

First time visitors and bibliophiles, upon their first visit to the store, amazed at the literary feast before them, most often with wide-eyes, exclaim: “WOW!” Many customers, visit daily (or more), as the selection changes constantly and everyday sales are always an attraction. Travelers note that this is their first stop when returning Sarasota so they may stock up on their vacation reading.

Friends of the Selby Public Library offers the most extensive selection of books of all the Friends Bookstores in Sarasota County. The Selby Friends Bookstore is also the largest fundraiser for Friends of the Selby Public Library. This is made possible by stellar volunteers, generous book donors, book lovers, and appreciative patrons who happily satisfy their “need to read” without busting their budget! It’s all for the love of books. Jean Kerschner assists keeping the stock moving with sorting, pricing, researching, and giving the books the loving care they deserve.

Meet the books –“the silent friends,” and make imaginary friends, travel the world, and better your life-- through books.

Visit the Friends of the Selby Public Library Bookstore Mon.-Sat., 10:00 am-4:30 pmBring a friend or make a friend. Bring by your donations, which are tax deductible. For large quantities, call 941-861-1140 for a free courier pick-up. Friends of Selby Public Library members enjoy a 10% discount off book purchases.

The store also offers once-loved new and vintage jewelry, art, curios, accessories, and gifty items.

Friends of the Selby Public Library Bookstore offers high quality gently read used books at amazingly low prices.  The store is staffed by dedicated and friendly volunteers.  Discover this hidden treasure inside the Selby Public Library at 1331 First Street, Downtown Sarasota. 

All BIBLIOPHILES can find thousands of jewels for the mind and soul from 25 cents and up.  Everyone will be dazzled by gems of hardcover and softcover books in all genres:  fiction, biographies, mysteries, travel, art, history, science, health, religion, gardening, self-help, cooking, children's, large print, text/reference, music, poetry, plays, classics, coffee table books, rare/collectible books, magazines, CDs, videos, records--and much more!  Interior designers can find sparkling accents for home libraries.  Book dealers are welcome!  Peruse our everyday specials!

Donate your used books.  Friends can arrange for a courier to pick up your cartons (large quantities) of books at no charge.  Call 861-1140 to arrange pickup.  Donations are tax deductible.  All proceeds benefit Selby Public Library, its programs--and the community.

Hours: 10:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday - Saturday
For further information call:  941.365.5228 or 861-1140.

We accept cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express credit cards, & debit cards.