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FriendShop Bookstore

Open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday · 12–3 pm
Open Thursdays starting April 1

Illustration of  fox with FriendShop hours and specials for March 2023

Special Sales

Gift certificates available!

• April 12–15 – Half-Price Sale for Members
• April 26–29 – Tag Bag Sale, take home a bag of books for just $1

• May 10–13 – Half-Price Sale for Members
• May 24–27 – Tag Bag Sale, take home a bag of books for just $1

The store will also open special hours on Sundays, May 7 and 21.

Most items are $2 or less!

The FriendShop Bookstore offers more than 20,000 nearly new books, CDs, and movies. Staffed by volunteers, all proceeds benefit the library. Your purchase supports the resources that get kids to love reading.

Look for extra savings at monthly Members’ Sale days and other specials.


$2 – Hardback Fiction & Nonfiction Books
$2 – Large (Trade) Paperbacks
$1 – Small (Mass Market) Paperbacks
$1 – Audiobooks
50¢ – Children’s & Teen Items
25¢ – VHS Tapes for Children
25¢ – DVDs (5 for $1)
25¢ – Music CDs (5 for $1)
$2 – “Bargain Bags” full of fiction, mystery, or romance
PLUS Specially priced items—the best of the shop—individually priced

Visa and MasterCard are accepted. All sales are final. Selected titles sold online.

Donate your gently used books, CDs, & movies

The library accepts donations of like-new books, CDs, and DVDs that are clean and in good condition. Items we feel would benefit our customers go into our collection; others go to the FriendShop or are posted for sale online. Tax receipts are available.

We cannot accept magazines, Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, VHS tapes for adults, and encyclopedias.  Also, textbooks more than five years old are not acceptable.

Donations of a few items can be placed in our book returns. For larger quantities, please leave them outside the back of the library, at the white garage door. (Use the driveway just east of the book return.) 

Get involved!

The Library Friends need help sorting and pricing books for sale in the FriendShop Bookstore and online. Cashiers are needed during shop hours. To volunteer or learn more, send an email to volunteer@champaign.org.  

Members support the library—and save

Sign up to become a Library Friend. For just $10 a year, you’ll get:

  • Half-price savings on almost everything in the bookstore, one week each month, beginning the second Wednesday. Includes specially priced items; does not include online items.
  • One free book when you sign up
  • A coupon in the mail for a second free book!


FriendShop Online

Selected titles are also available online via Amazon.

Monthly Specials

We offer monthly specials at 50% off!

January – Mystery
February – Romance
March – Nonfiction
April – Fiction
May – Kids & Teens
June – Cookbooks
July – Free book coupon with your purchase!
August – For educators

Gift Certificates

Looking for a gift? Gift certificates from the FriendShop Bookstore makes great gifts for teachers, kids, and any other booklover on your shopping list.

News by Email

Get monthly updates about FriendShop Bookstore specials, and other library news.



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