The Friends Bookstore is glad to be reopening on a limited basis to serve our customers – old and new! Our donations have been coming fast and furiously so we have a plethora of sci-fi, fiction, non-fiction and now text books for virtual or home school help (science and math). There is lots of media – audio books, CD’s, and DVD’s. Every section is overflowing with great material just waiting on you!
The Bookstore will be opening on Monday, February 8, 2021 by appointment only due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The Birmingham Public Library requires a face mask to be worn at all times. The store will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Appointments can be scheduled by emailing the Friends Bookstore at email@example.com. Appointments will be made on the hour for 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 noon and 1 p.m. Customers will be able to shop until 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. during each appointment time.
There will be a fifteen minute window between appointments to allow for any necessary Covid-19 precautions. Two customers will be allowed in the bookstore at each appointment time to allow for appropriate social distancing.
All appointments will be confirmed by email and the customer will receive a confirmation number for their appointment. Customers should check in with the either the Citizen’s Services desk or the Circulation desk on the 1st floor at the Central Library when they arrive. A staff member at the desk will notify the Bookstore of your arrival. Please make sure that you have your confirmation number with you for your appointment time. We are excited to be back! Hope to see you soon!
The Friends Bookstore on the First Floor of the downtown Central Library’s East Building is the single most important fundraiser for our organization. Volunteers operate the Bookstore under the supervision of our Donation Coordinator. Proceeds from the sale of books and other materials donated by the library and by individuals, as well as snacks and beverages, are used to administer the foundation and to support its mission of serving the library. Because of the operation of the Bookstore, almost 100% of individual contributions to the Friends Foundation are used to benefit BPL.
Friends Bookstore thrives on your support through your donations. Friends may pick up from you if you have a large donation, are physically challenged, elderly, or have inadequate transportation. All donors are given a formal donation receipt.
If you want to arrange a donation to the bookstore or have any questions, contact our Donation Coordinator at 205-226-3676 or email us at Bookstore@friendsofthebpl.org.
Come visit us in the Friends Bookstore and help support the Birmingham Public Library!