Friends of the Santa Rosa Libraries

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About the Friends

The Friends of the Santa Rosa Libraries help support Santa Rosa's libraries — Central, Rincon Valley, Northwest, Roseland Community Library, and the History & Genealogy Library. We are an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for traditional library materials, as well as magazine subscriptions, computer equipment, bookshelves, carpeting, furniture, and other needs that help the Santa Rosa Libraries serve our community. We also support activities such as the Summer Reading Program, book groups, and the Adult literacy program. The primary source of our revenue is the sale of donated books, recordings and related materials. We hold several events each year as noted below.

Join the Friends

Membership form

Book Donations

Phone: 707-308-3020, ext. 1541    Email: srfriends@sonomalibrary.org

We gratefully accept donations of gently used books, CDs, DVDs, and other saleable media ranging from sheet music to jigsaw puzzles. We especially appreciate scholarly, fine press, fine art, and recently released titles.

PLEASE NOTE: We can no longer accept the following:

Torn, soiled, stained, musty, smoky, or otherwise damaged items.

Excessively annotated, underlined, or highlighted items.

Library discards.

Out-of-date materials such as most textbooks, encyclopedias, computer guides, legal and medical books.

Readers Digest condensed books.

Magazines.

Vinyl records, VHS tapes, cassettes, home-made recordings and dubbings of any kind.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the suitability of your donations. We are always looking for saleable materials, and there are some exceptions to our general guidelines. We are happy to discuss with you what we can and cannot use. Please be mindful that many non-saleable books and other materials may be recycled in your blue bin, including paperback books and most magazines. Regrettably, most hardcover books are not recyclable, unless their covers are removed. Contact your local refuse company for more information (in Santa Rosa: North Bay Corporation, which includes Santa Rosa Recyling and Collection at 707-586-1478).

Drop-offs

Donations may be dropped off in the green area near the service entrance at the back of the downtown Central Library, 211 E Street (between 3rd. & 4th. Streets). If you are driving, please follow the steps below:

Enter the parking lot behind the library from 3rd. Street (West of the library).

Pull up to the corridor at the middle of the loading dock.

Open hours are: Monday thru Friday, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm, except holidays. Tax receipts are available inside.

PLEASE CONTACT US IN ADVANCE IF YOU HAVE MORE THAN 5 BOXES, OR IF YOU NEED HELP WITH YOUR DONATION.

Messages may be left by phone or e-mail: 707-308-3020, ext. 1541             srfriends@sonomalibrary.org

Book Sales


Central Library Forum Room Sales:


February 21st – 23rd, 2020

Friday, February 21st: 10am – 5pm.

Saturday, February 22nd: 10am – 5pm.

Sunday, February 23rd: 2pm to 5pm.

June 12th - 14th, 2020

Friday, June 12th: 10am – 5pm.

Saturday, June 13th: 10am – 5pm.

Sunday, June 14th: 2pm to 5pm.

August 21st – 23rd, 2020

Friday, August 21st: 10am – 5pm.

Saturday, August 22nd: 10am – 5pm.

Sunday, August 23rd: 2pm to 5pm.

December 3rd – 6th, 2020

Thursday, December 3rd: 10am – 11am. PREVIEW FOR FRIENDS MEMBERS ONLY – New memberships & renewals may be purchased beginning at 10am.

Thursday, December 3rd: 11am – 5pm. OPEN TO ALL.

Friday, December 4th: 10am – 5pm.

Saturday, December 5th: 10am – 5pm.

Sunday, December 6th: 2pm to 5pm.


Spring Book Fair at the Veteran's Memorial Building:

April 3rd – 6th, 2020

Friday, April 3rd – 2:00-3:00 – Preview Sale for Members only ($10.00 membership/renewals available at the door beginning at 12:30)

Friday, April 3rd – 3:00-7:00 – Free admission for all

Saturday, April 4th – 10:00-5:00

Sunday, April 5th – 10:00-4:00 – Half-price Day

Monday, April 6th – 2:00-6:00 – Bag Day ($5.00 per bag)

Fall Book Fair at the Veteran's Memorial Building:

October 2nd – 5th, 2020

Friday, October 2nd – 2:00-3:00 – Preview Sale for Members only ($10.00 membership/renewals available at the door beginning at 12:30)

Friday, October 2nd – 3:00-7:00 – Free admission for all

Saturday, October 3rd – 10:00-5:00

Sunday, October 4th – 10:00-4:00 – Half-price Day

Monday, October 5th – 2:00-6:00 – Bag Day ($5.00 per bag)

Directions to the Book Fair:

Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Hall, 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa (Map)

The Book Fair is located in Santa Rosa, California. Take Highway 101 to Santa Rosa. Exit 101 onto Highway 12, Eastbound, towards Sonoma. Exit Highway 12 at the Downtown exit. Merge onto the surface street, Bennett Valley Road. Turn left on Brookwood Ave. and immediately turn left again onto Maple Ave. The Veterans Memorial Hall is on your right.

If you are coming by Highway 12, Westbound, take the Downtown exit and merge onto the surface street, Maple Ave. After the stoplight at the foot of the exit (Brookwood Road), the Veterans Memorial Hall is in the next block, on your right.

Parking: 

Abundant FREE Parking.

Public Transportation: 

Information about public transportation options from 511.org.

At the Fair: 

You will find thousands of donated books--fiction and nonfiction, current titles and old favorites. Among them are art books and cookbooks, as well as exceptional bargains in children's books and computer books, some including CD-ROMs. A large variety of books and music on CD, as well as DVDs, will also be available at bargain prices. 

Booksale Carts:

The Friends have books on sale throughout the year on book carts available inside the Central, Rincon Valley and Northwest Branch libraries during library hours.