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Friends of the Library

Friends bookstoreThe Friends of the Carlsbad Library, created in 1957, is a nonprofit, volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds to support Carlsbad City Library programs.

New members and donations are welcome – or show support by shopping at the Friends bookstores at the Dove and Cole Libraries. Items for sale at bargain prices include gently used books, magazines, greeting cards, puzzles, sheet music, vintage records, videos, CDs, tapes and audio books. Gift certificates are available.

Hundreds of the Friends' most valuable selections are available online. Check out the Friends Amazon store and Friends eBay store. On eBay, click on "Advanced" next to the search box. On the new page, scroll down and click on the box next to "Sellers." Below the "Specific Sellers" in the box next to “include,” type in clf92009-2012 (this is the Friends). Then click “Search” at bottom of page. You can check the box that reads, “Email me when new items match my search” and eBay will let you know when new items are listed.

Where does the money go?

Funds raised through book sales and events or donated through the Friends of the Library are in turn donated back to the Carlsbad City Library to support the following programs and activities: 

  • Carlsbad Reads Together program
  • Children's annual Summer Reading Program
  • Year-round children's programs, books and materials
  • Renovation of the Dove Library Children's Garden
  • Library Learning Center opening celebration
  • Magee Park Poets poetry program
  • Concerts at Cole Library and the Library Learning Center
  • Teen programs for grades seven through 12
  • Purchase of audiobooks
  • Purchase of multiple copies of bestsellers
  • Pay for enhanced technology

Membership forms are available at the Library, the Friends Bookstore, or may be downloaded here. Completed forms may be returned to any Carlsbad City Library location or mailed to:

Friends of the Library of Carlsbad, CA, Inc.
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad CA, 92011


Friends Annual Membership Fees









Life Membership



What do Friends do?
  • Raise money for Library activities, programs and materials.
  • Operate the Friends Bookstore at the Dove Library.
  • Maintain the Friends mini bookstore at the Cole Library.
  • Hold Better Book Sales at the Cole Library and a Holiday Boutique at the Dove Bookstore.
  • Conduct Silent Auctions of rare and unusual books.
  • Publish the "Friends Forum" newsletter, featuring Library and Friends information.

Join the Friends and join the volunteer staff. Information is available at the Friends Bookstore or call 760-602-2020.

Friends of the Carlsbad Library Board of Trustees

President: Patricia Roberts

Vice-President: Linda Swink

Treasurer: Ed Bauman

Secretary: Dori Vroman

Contact Information

Friends of the Carlsbad Library

Carlsbad City Library
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Get directions

General Information

Dove Bookstore hours
Monday & Wednesday
10 a.m.  7 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
10 a.m.  4 p.m.
10 a.m.  4:30 p.m.

Bookstore at Library entrance