The Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library manage the Friends Book Shop located on the lower level of the Downtown Library. The Book Shop opened its doors in 1980 for the purpose of selling used books inexpensively within the community. We also sell books in some of the branch libraries. Our proceeds support District Library projects.
The Book Shop is staffed by volunteers. Throughout the year we sort, shelve and price donations and staff the shop when it is open to the public.
We accept donations of hard and soft-cover books, puzzles, CDs and DVDs throughout the year. About 10% of the books come from library withdrawals, while the other 90% come from the public. To learn more about donating materials, see How to Donate Books.
The Book Shop is a bustling place. We recycle over 200,000 books each year to the community at bargain prices. The mystery, science fiction, performing arts, classic novel, and hard-cover fiction sections are alphabetized. We have a special area for children's books. Several thousand items are available for sale, and the shop is regularly restocked with a steady supply of new titles.
Our inventory also includes gently-used CDs, DVDs, and sheet music. Volunteers check our jigsaw puzzles to ensure all the pieces are there.
Book Shop Location:
The Friends Book Shop is located in the lower level of the Downtown Library at 343 S. Fifth Avenue.
The Friends Book Shop phone:
Donations may be brought to the back of the Downtown Library at the William St. entrance during library business hours. If you need your donations picked up, please call the Book Shop number.
Donations may be eligible for a tax deduction on federal income taxes.
For additional information on donations, see How to Donate Books.