Every year, the Friends receive hundreds of thousands of donated books. We sell these books in the community and online. The funds raised from these sales go toward grants for The Seattle Public Library.

Can’t wait for the next sale? The Central Library FriendShop features hundreds of pristine used books for sale all year round and Pop-Up sales visit Library branches throughout the year.

Upcoming Sales

HUGE Book Sale 2016 - BooksShop the Big Book Sale over the St. Patrick’s Day Weekend!

March 17 – 19, 2017 at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 299 Mercer St.

Friday, March 17: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (Member Only Preview Night – Join or Renew Your Membership Today)
Saturday, March 18: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Free admission for everyone)
Sunday, March 19: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Free admission for everyone)

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Buy Online

Can’t wait for the next book sale? We sell books and music every day online! Check out our accounts at AmazonDiscogs (CDs), eBay and AbeBooks . We offer great service and a great selection – from classics to rare treasures.

You can also shop online for Library souvenirs and other items from the FriendShop.

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Books for Teachers

Since 2009, the Friends of the Seattle Public Library has been honored to receive annual grants from the Renee B. Fisher Foundation to provide classroom books for teachers in high-need (Title 1) Seattle public schools.  Through these grants, each teacher receives a $100 voucher to purchase books from their students at the many Friends’ Book Sales.  So far, over 400 teachers from 35 schools have been given nearly 29,700 books new homes in their Seattle classrooms, ranging from K – 12.  In 2016, the Friends distributed over $9000 in teacher vouchers.  The total distribution through 2016 was over $22,000.

If you are currently teaching in a Title I, Seattle Public School, sign up for Books for Teachers program updates by clicking the button below and filling out the form.

Since 2009, the Friends of the Seattle Public Library has been honored to receive annual grants from the Renee B. Fisher Foundation to provide classroom books for teachers in high-need (Title 1) Seattle public schools.  Through these grants, each teacher receives a $100 voucher to purchase books from their students at the many Friends’ Book Sales.  So far, over 400 teachers from 35 schools have been given nearly 29,700 books new homes in their Seattle classrooms, ranging from K – 12.  In 2016, the Friends distributed over $9000 in teacher vouchers.  The total distribution through 2016 was over $22,000.

If you are currently teaching in a Title I, Seattle Public School, sign up for Books for Teachers program updates by clicking the button below and filling out the form.

Please check back for more information about upcoming Books for Teachers sales. In the meantime, email booksforteachers@friendsofspl.org if you have any questions.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Friends of the Seattle Public Library (FOSPL) seeks to engage broad community support for The Seattle Public Library through book sales, advocacy, and grants. By providing funding and support for library programs, we’re committed to bolstering the Library’s strategic initiatives.

Sponsorship opportunities include a host of marketing and outreach benefits that target a large audience of library patrons and community supporters.

Why does sponsorship makes sense for your company?

  • Highly visible exposure in a diverse community of library patrons, educators, arts lovers, and civic leaders
  • Public commitment to Seattle’s neighborhoods and cultural centers
  • Marketing alignment with a world-class library system
  • Front-and-center publicity in e-communications to 3k monthly subscribers and targeted blasts to 100k library patrons

Click here for Sponsorship Benefits and Levels

Questions? Ready to sponsor? Please email sponsorship@friendsofspl.org

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