Friends Book Sale

Friends of the Lexington Public Library

Mission Statement

In appreciation of the role the Library plays in the quality of life in this area, the Friends of the Lexington Public Library provides financial, advocacy and volunteer support to the Library, and functions consistently with the goals and objectives of the Lexington Public Library and its Board of Trustees.

Friends Book Cellar Hours

Monday-Saturday:  10:00am-4:00pm
1st Sunday of the month:  1:00pm-5:00pm

We accept donations on Monday and Tuesday, 11:00am-2:00pm.

Friends of The Library

Lexington Public Library 
Central Library, Lower Level 
140 East Main St 
Lexington, KY 40507 


Information about upcoming booksales will be published here when available.  Please check back!

Join The Friends

Support of the Lexington Public Library is made possible in a part through the generosity of our Friends members. Friends will sponsor a wide range of free Library programs and services throughout the year that have a positive impact on people in the Lexington community. Your support will also ensure additional benefits for our libraries and staff.

The Friends of the Lexington Public Library membership application may be printed and mailed to:

Friends of the Lexington Public Library
140 East Main St.
Lexington, KY 40507

Print out and send in this form with your payment to join, or join online using the links below!


There are five different levels of Friends membership:

Individual ($10)

This basic membership entitles you to ​10% discount on purchases in Friends Book Cellar, and an additional 20% discount during your entire birthday month.  Plus, Friends are invited to attend Preview Nights which begin all of the Friends Book Sales, and volunteer opportunities.


Household ($20)

All of the Individual membership benefits for all family members.


Patron ($30)

All of the Individual membership benefits.

Sponsor ($50-up)

All of the Individual membership benefits.

Lifetime ($200 per person)

All of the Individual membership benefits for life.

Volunteer with the Friends of the Lexington Pubic Library

The Friends Bookstore welcomes volunteers in all areas of store operations:



Work in the store assisting customers and cashiering. A great opportunity to interact with our customers, who represent a broad spectrum of interested and engaged readers from all walks of life.


Sorting Room Assistant

The Friends Bookstore receives donations of thousands of books, magazines, DVDs, and CDs every year. The sorting room is where volunteers determine which section of the store in which these items are to be shelved.


Pricing and Shelving

Learn how prices are determined and how we shelve items for most effective store display. Volunteers may choose to work in most of our sections, from novels and mysteries to cookbooks, artbooks, and lots more.


Online Sales Assistant

The bookstore operates a robust online sales department. This is where our more valuable items received a broader exposure than would be possible in our store. Learn how books are researched and priced.


Seasonal opportunities

The bookstore holds two annual sales – in April and October – and help is always needed to set up the displays, assist customers, and tear down afterwards. Another great opportunity to interact with our customers and other volunteers.


The bookstore is open Monday-Saturday, 10-4, and from 1-5 on first Sundays of each month. Proceeds from our operations benefit regular library offerings, such as the summer reading program. We are located on the lower level of the library’s central location at 140 East Main Street in downtown Lexington.