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Jim Rosenau writes:

Parking garage or book store?

Certainly our least visible used book store with the best deals is operated by the Friends of Berkeley Public Library. The volunteer-run store has a sweetheart lease from the city, which owns the parking garage just west of Telegraph between Channing and Durant.  Enter from either street via a tunnel-like walkway or from the parking garage directly.

You’ll find a well-lit store, recently expanded and remodeled with quality books carefully organized and priced to sell. Most hardbacks sell for $2-4. The books are primarily donated by people like you; some are library discards. So the odds are you’ll find stuff you once thought about reading, but now at a price you won’t have to be so sure you’ll finish reading the thing. All proceeds go back to the library.

The best feature, though, is that they will take almost all your unwanted books. Not so choosy as the big name used book stores (since they don’t pay for the books). You get a donation acknowledgement for Schedule A if you can use it. And you get some shelf space back — to start the cycle all over.

Jim Rosenau runs This Into That in West Berkeley, which uses books (some perhaps bought from Friends of the Berkeley Library) to make innovative furniture.

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  1. C,

    Every business has to have standards to survive. They know what works and what doesn’t. But if you want to get rid of New Yorkers I suspect you could put them on the curb on a sunny weekend morning and they’d be gone before sunset. They never last even that long at my house.

    But do call the store if you have doubts about bringing something in. The recycling center at Schmidt Lane in El Cerrito recycles all books that don’t get snarfed up by the cadre of book hounds.

    7501 Schmidt Lane
    Monday – Friday: 8:00am to 4:45pm (PST); 8:00am to 5:45pm (DST)
    Saturday – Sunday: 9:00am to 4:45pm

  2. as the volunteer manager of both Friends of the Library stores, I want to thank you for the great article posted today. We are among the supreme recyclers in town–we wish more Berkeleyans would come by and see our newly remodeled space in the ‘mall.’ It’s a inexpensive, enjoyable way to support our Library and clean up the clutter at home. Come on down!