Friends of the Library Bookstore

Gifts available at the bookstore

Book display

Book display with Kermit



½ Off most items

PLUS:  FILL A BAG SALE for $1!!!!   
Fill a bag with select  $1 or less books
off our special $1 or less book carts


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.

The Friends Bookstore will soon be revamped. A committee chaired by Friends 1st VP Dr. Ken Newmark, will be working on adding new shelving, décor and design. Coming in early 2017, the shop will be bigger and better than ever!

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. In fact, the annual popular Books, Baubles & Bling Sale will be held Friday & Saturday, March 17 & 18, 201710:00 am-4:30 pm. SAVE THE DATE!  Donations accepted any time.

Dr. Mime


For the remedy of the NEED TO READ, Dr. Mime, International Body Linguist & Selby Friends 1st Vice President, prescribes the low priced, gently read donated books from the Friends of the Selby Public Library Bookstore.
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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.