Friends of the Pima County Public Library is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization that is dedicated to supporting and enhancing Tucson library services and programs.
Founded in 1969, the organization was created by a group of avid library advocates who wanted to promote a love of reading in our community.
Much of the organization's funding comes from Used Book Sales that are held at their main location - affectionately referred to as The Book Barn. If you are an avid reader, book collector, or educator, you will love the 5,000 square foot warehouse of books at rock-bottom prices!
You can also opt to become a member to receive special discounts, invitations to member-only sales, and the satisfaction that you are helping to build a more literate and educated city.
Read on for upcoming dates, top tips, and information about how you can get more involved with the organization.
The Book Barn is located in midtown Tucson at 2230 N. Country Club Road (between Pima and Grant). The main offices of the organization are also at this location.
Community sales are typically held once every month on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays between 8:00am and 2:00pm.
There are also Mini Sales held in the summer months with shorter hours, 8:00am-12:00pm (regular prices on both days). For the full schedule, check the Friends of the Pima County Public Library website.
The mornings (all days) are the busiest times. Saturday afternoons tend to be slowest so that is probably a good choice if you prefer a more leisurely shopping experience.
On Bag Days (the Monday of the 4-day community sales), it’s $10 to FILL UP one of the Friends of the Pima County Public Library Blue Bags. See photo in our slideshow below. Blue bags are available for purchase at the Book Barn for $1 and can be re-used at future sales.
No. The Book Barn is only open during scheduled sales.
Most books tend to be priced in the $.50 to $5.00 range. A bargain!
There are ~65 parking spaces outside and behind The Book Barn. Parking is free.
There are also two bike racks if you prefer to cycle to the sale.
Yes, there is an accessible porta-john available.
There are a plethora of outstanding dining options in the area! Our top picks within 2 miles are:
There are several different categories of membership to consider.
Most or all of your membership fee is tax-deductible.
Absolutely! There is a special corner just for children's books and your little ones will likely enjoy browsing the titles. Note that the sales sometimes do get crowded. This isn't exactly a "sit-down-and-read" bookstore cafe atmosphere. ;)
The aisles are a bit tight and can get crowded. A baby carrier would probably be a better option.
Unfortunately, seating options are limited. During nicer weather, there is comfortable seating on the patio for a quiet retreat.
Pets are not permitted inside the Book Barn.
Volunteers are "the heart and soul of the Friends." There are numerous roles to fill - greeters, readers, cashiers, scanners, sorters, pricers, community advocates, and MORE.
There is an orientation session on the first Monday of each month at 9:00am, which usually last about 2 ½ hours. Please call 520-795-3763 or email email@example.com to register and verify time and date (may be moved to accommodate holidays).
Older children (ages 12-15) can work alongside their parent(s). Ages 16 and up can work alone after receiving training.