Who will take my book donations?
Books not used for the Library’s collection are donated to the Friends of the Lexington Public Library.
Where can I donate books?
At any library location or at the Friends Book Cellar (located in the lower level of the Central Library
When can I donate books?
During Friends Book Cellar business hours or Library hours.
What types of items can I donate?
We accept all book donations (as well as CDs, videos, DVDs, etc.).
Who benefits from my donations?
Lexington Public Library patrons.
Will you pick up my donation?
No, due to financial constraints donations can be dropped off at all LPL branches & Friends Book Cellar during their business hours. If donations are made to Friends Book Cellar during their business hours they will help unload the donations and provide a tax receipt form.
Please leave your name, phone #, & email address at FBC desk at Central Library, Lower Level.
You may also call 231-5505 or email –email@example.com
The Lexington Public Library, the oldest public library west of the Appalachians was founded in 1796 in Lexington, the county seat of Fayette County, Kentucky. In 1966 Rabbi William J. Leffler proposed forming a Friends of the Library organization to the Lexington Public Library Board of Trustees. In 1968 the Friends of the Library was formed by a community-wide steering committee, chaired by Richard S. DeCamp. It was formed to provide financial and physical support to the library and to help the library become a lively center of community activity. The Friends held it’s first book sale in 1971 on the grounds of the old Carnegie building in historic Gratz Park. In 1976 and 1978 the Friends sponsored a Gala that included an auction, rare book sale, concert and entertainment. By 1991 the Friends of the Library had donated $55,500 to the Central Library and branches. In 1997 the Friends went to two book sales a year.
On April 25, 1998 a grand opening was held. March 21, 2001 the Friends Bookstore opened for business 3 days a week.
About 50 volunteers worked 2000 hours to sort and conduct two book sales prior to the 1998 opening of the Friends Book Cellar. In 2000, 100 volunteers worked nearly 7000 hours to sort and conduct the two book sales and operate the bookstore. Volunteers are always needed. If interested, please call the Friends Book Cellar 231-5505.
Donations of new or used books, magazines, dvds, tapes, cds,records, puzzles or other media may be made to the Friends of the Lexington Public Library at any library branch or at the Friends Book Cellar located in the lower level of the main library.
In addition to library materials, the Friends Book Cellar(FBC) offers book bags and hats with LPL/or Friends' logo, for in store and library branch sales. Gift-worthy items,jewelry and office supplies are also available for purchase.
The success story of the Friends Book Cellar would not be complete if we failed to recognize the extraordinary effort of a few very dedicated volunteers who make up the management team of the bookstore. To establish and operate an enterprise of this magnitude would not be remotely possible without these volunteers. We don’t want to mislead anyone who reads this that just any Friends group can make this happen at any library. It can only be done with strong commitment and excellent cooperation between very determined Friends and library staff.
The other days of each sale are open to everyone! The last two days are special: Saturday is 2-for-1 Day, and Sunday is Bag Day. Each paper grocery bag full is just $2. (We provide the bags.)
The Friends Book Cellar is open throughout each sale with our regular great prices.
Gift certificates for the Friends Book Cellar are now available.
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