Big Annual Book Sale

Gigantic Annual Book Sale Wednesday, September 13, 2017 to Sunday, September 17, 2017

Over 15,000 books plus CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes for the community to pick through! Lots of treasures that we have collected all year long.

This sale is a success because of our many volunteers, who sort books, display them at the sale, help shoppers find the books they want, and help pack up the left-over books at the end (taking all the free books they want!)

We Sell Used Books to Buy New Books!

Through our book sales and our Amazon Page, The Friends of The Marina Library raised over $45,000 for the Marina Library in the last year. 

These funds are used to host free concerts and free movies at the library and to support an extensive array of children's program including the teen photography camp, our monthly Block Parties, the summer reading program. We purchase of new books, eBooks and other supplies for the library itself. 

The books we buy for the Marina Library travel throughout the Monterey County Free Library system, thus supporting all of Monterey County.

Bi-Monthly Book Sales

We hold bi-monthly book sales in our library lobby. The merchandise changes with each sale. We always have Books, DVSs, CDs, talking books. Sales are held on the second Saturday and Sunday of February, April, June, October, and December

October 14 10 am - 4pm
October 15 11 am - 3 pm, Monterey Songwriter Showcase

December 9 10 am - 4 pm, Marina High School Chorus leads Christmas Carols
December 10 11 am - 3 pm, Monterey Songwriter Showcase

February 10 10 am - 4 pm
February 1111 am - 3 pm, Monterey Songwriter Showcase

April 14 10 am - 4 pm, Guitars Not Guns Recital
April 15 11 am - 3 pm, Monterey Songwriter Showcase

June 9 10 am - 4 pm
June 10 11 am - 3 pm, Monterey Songwriter Showcase

Book Donations

To make your tax-deductible donation of gently used, clean books, CDs, DVDs, or magazines to The Friends of the Marina Library, you can drop off one or two bags or boxes at the library during library hours.

To donate a larger number of books, contact Gail at or call / text 831-277-6477. She will arrange to meet you at our sorting facility at Marina Del Mar School at 3066 Lake Drive in Marina. All large donations are by appointment.

We welcome your donation of used textbooks. We welcome books which you think will interest nobody. People walk into our book sales and are delighted to find obscure books. So, don't assume we can't find homes for your books, no matter what the topic!

HOWEVER - THIS IS IMPORTANT: Because we sell your old books in our book sales or donate them to schools, the books need to be in decent shape.

Please do not give us moldy books, smoky books, books with water damage, or ancient, grimy books. We will have to throw those out, unfortunately, so you may as well do that yourself. Just let them go, even though it is difficult to say good-bye!

Books published before 1970 need to be in very good condition.

If you are unsure about your books, just call us. We can figure it out on the phone with you. Call 831-682-8016. Leave a message, and we will call you back.

Amazon Store

Some books donated to The Friends of the Marina Library are worth more than our typical $2 or $3 book sale price. We sell those donated books on

The Friends of the Marina Library has raised over $42,000 in the past three years by selling books on Amazon. We have shipped books to all 50 states, two territories, Puerto Rico, and 26 countries!

We have over 700 books listed on our Amazon page, from text books to obscure and rare books. Visit Our Store.

If you see a book you like and you are a current member of The Friends of the Marina Library, you can buy it from our Amazon store at our Marina location. You receive 20% off the Amazon listing price and you save the $4.00 shipping.