Book Sales & Bookstore
Tree City Books - the Friends Bookstore
Located inside the Main Library on the 1st floor and open year around!
We offer an amazing selection of nearly new books, magazines and videos on a wide variety of topics - all for a fraction of the cost of new.
- Recently added: older collectible books - they're going like hotcakes!
- NO due dates, NO fines, NO worries about breaking your budget.
- Quality used books, all genres and age groups
- Collectible books
- Recent issue popular magazines
- Videos and audio tapes
- Restocked continually
Hours may vary depending on staffing availability. Staffed by Friends of the Boise Public Library Volunteers.
- Monday 10:00-8:00;
- Tuesday 10:00-8:00;
- Wednesday 10:00-8:00;
- Thursday 10:00-6:00;
- Friday 10:00-5:30;
- Saturday 1:00-4:00;
- Sunday 1:00-4:00 during school year
How Your Purchases Benefit the Library
Each year, the Friends organization raises over $180,000 to benefit the library, all through book sales and the Friends Bookstore in the library. In recent years, funds raised by the Friends purchased opening-day collections for the new Collister and Hillcrest libraries and a generous portion of the opening-day collection for the Cole & Ustick library. The Friends also support many special programs and projects that we could not offer otherwise (or offer as well), ranging from Summer Reading and Library Comic Con to furniture for reading areas and our new 3D printers.
All preparation for and staffing of the sales is provided by volunteers, who typically sort through about 200,000 items to prepare for a sale. Besides the spring and fall book sales, the Friends also have a regular ongoing book sale and a bookstore at the Main Library, an online bookstore through Amazon and conduct occasional smaller sales, such as the comics sale during Library Comic Con.