I enjoy perusing used bookstores and the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library provides the perfect place to do it.
Tucked away in the Fort Mason complex is a store chock full of affordable books generously donated to the City Public Library. In a well-read city like SF, that means you’ll have access to fun finds from top authors and titles in near mint condition covering the best in cooking and art along with an extensive local section including guide, picture and history books featuring San Francisco, the Bay Area, and other California adventures.
With literally hundreds of thousands of donated pieces of literature, I just never know what bargain I’ll find in this library treasure trove. Be sure to keep an eye out for the rare first edition or signed copy. Regardless, you’re bound to discover a bargain priced book, music album or maybe even a map at this marvelous shop.
Dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers help staff the store, and they care passionately about helping all customers. Every fall they host the Big Book Sale and sell over 400k titles in a single weekend with nothing costing more than $3!
This shining non-profit applies the funds towards literacy programs and other beneficial library projects, so you can feel positive your dollars are going to a worthy cause.
If exploring the Fort Mason complex, attending an event or simply enjoying the Sunday Farmer’s Market, be sure and take a gander inside this great little gem of a bargain book shop.