Book Shop Hours

The Friends Shop will be closed on Tuesday December 13, Saturday December 24, and Saturday December 31.

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Friends Newsletter

The Friends publish a quarterly newsletter for members.

Contact the Friends

Friends of the Library

239 South Kalmia Street

Escondido, CA 92025


Friends of the Library


Friends Book Shop

Who are the Friends of the Escondido Public Library?

The Friends of the Escondido Library are library lovers who formed this non-profit organization in 1970. There are over 300 Friends members.

Wayne Brown, President
Georgia Chonko, Vice President
Linda Parker, Treasurer
Lorna Underwood, Secretary
Penny Boggeln, Shop Coordinator
Directors: Elmer Cameron, Nancy Dartez, Linda Faulkner, Sharon Fry, Dottie Heller, Carol Pennington

The Friends Board of Directors meet the second Wednesday of every month at 10:00 a.m. in the Board Room at the Escondido Public Library. Meetings are open to the public.

To contact the Friends of the Library, email

What do the Friends of the Library do?

Friend volunteers operate the Friends Book Shop, selling books, audio books, magazines, videos, CDs, DVDs and more, largely donated by the public. The inventory in the book shop is constantly changing. Funds raised by the Friends of the Library help support the following programs of the Escondido Public Library:

  • Purchase of books and equipment
  • Free music concerts
  • Programs for teens and children
  • Second Tuesday Book Club
  • Rincon Literario Book Club

The Friends also have items for sale on eBay. Take a look at what is currently available. In addition to the eBay auctions, the Friends of the Library periodically hold silent auctions in the Shop. Please see one of the Shop volunteers for more information.


How do I become a Friend?

To become a Friend, please fill out a membership form.  
Forms are available at the Friends Book Shop or by calling 760-839-4832.

Annual membership fees:

  • Individual - $10
  • Family - $15
  • Business/Organization - $30
  • Supporting - $35
  • Lifetime membership - $125 (one-time)

Members receive a quarterly newsletter with information about the Escondido Public Library from library staff and the Friends Book Shop volunteers.

To volunteer at the Friends Book Shop, please see our Volunteer Opportunities page or call our Volunteer Coordinator: 760-839-4819

Donation Guidelines

The Library, and the Friends of the Library gladly accept donations in accordance with the guidelines below. The Friends of the Escondido Public Library is an approved, volunteer-run 501(c)3 organization. Please note that donated items may be added to the Library's collection or given to the Friends shop for sale. Donated materials become the property of the Escondido Public Library or the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The Friends can only accept up to five banker-size boxes per person per day. If you have a larger donation, please contact the Friends at 760-839-4832.

100% of the funds raised by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library go to support reading and cultural programs for children, teens and adults, and to purchase books, DVDs and other materials for the circulating collections.

Acceptable Donations:

  • Books in good condition (gently used)
  • Books dated 1900 and earlier
  • Magazines, not older than 12 months
  • DVDs
  • Videos (VHS)
  • CDs
  • Audio books on CD

Unacceptable Donations:

  • Books that are broken, falling apart, or have torn or missing pages
  • Books that are musty, written-in, water damaged, or stained
  • Magazines, older than 12 months
  • Encyclopedias
  • Readers Digest Condensed Books
  • Cassette Tapes
  • Vinyl or other records

     Are you donating a few items?

  • Please visit the library during open hours and drop your donations through the Donations slot (next to inside book return slots).
  • Are you donating a box or more of items?
    Please come to the Library’s back delivery entrance on the corner of 2nd Avenue and Kalmia Street during open hours and ring the bell.  Staff will assist you in bringing the items into the library. We are sorry, but boxes or containers cannot be returned to the donor.


All donations are tax deductible. Please request a receipt from Library staff for your records.