Friends of the Gilroy Library

The usual Bag Sale events are on hold. However, “Grab Bags” of books for $5 cash offered by Friends of the Gilroy Library have proved to be very popular.  These surprise packages of books or dvds continue to be available during the Gilroy Library curbside pickup hours, 3 to 7 pm, Monday and Tuesday, and 1 to 5 pm, Wednesday through Saturday.  You can preorder a bag of a special genre or author, and when we have time to fill it, you will be notified when it is ready for pick up during library curb side pickup hours. Topics ready to pick up include:  science fiction, gardening, crafts, politics, history, writing, poetry, reference, self- help, women’s studies, parenting, home improvement, art, coffee table books, travel, cookbooks, and books in Spanish and even children’s books in Vietnamese! We also have music CDs, DVDs and BlueRays in a variety of genres. 

Follow this link to join:  While we can’t pick out individual titles for you, sometimes we can fill a bag with a favorite author, like James Patterson or Dick Francis. Just ask.


Lani Yoshimura is retiring after 46 years of service as Community Librarian at the Gilroy Library.  In lieu of gifts, Lani has requested to please consider making a donation to the Friends of the Gilroy Library by PayPal at:

If you prefer to make a donation by mail, please send your check to:

Friends of the Gilroy Library, 350 W. Sixth Street, Gilroy, CA  95020

Thank you for supporting the Friends and the Gilroy Library!


Friends of the Gilroy Library are offering Grab Bags of books for $5

Many Genres are available, from Sci Fi, Mysteries, Romances, Gardening, Young Adult selections, children’s books, dvds and more.  They are available for purchase from the Gilroy Library during Curbside Pickup hours, 3-7 pm, Monday and Tuesday, and 1-5 pm Wednesday thru Saturday, starting August 3.  Exact cash sales only.  Here is a chance to support the Library during the covid-19 shut down.  Books have been quarantined for at least 72 hours before being placed inside the grocery bags, and sealed up.  Thank you for supporting the Gilroy Library!  

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in light of the temporary closures of public libraries and bookstores across the country, you and your patrons can access the digital issue of BookPage through Click on the arrow to page through the issue.

NOTICE: DUE TO LIBRARY POLICY OF CANCELLING EVENTS AS A PRECAUTION AGAINST COVID-19 –  Effective immediately, the bookstore is closed until further notice.


Wednesday  March 3, 2020   7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

                        Zoom meeting, by invitation 


The Gilroy Library, a staple in Gilroy and valued asset to the South County community, provided the first step in the healing process for victims of the tragic shooting at the Garlic Festival, offering a welcoming and familiar environment to connect with agencies and services they needed. “Lani Yoshimura and the Gilroy Library staff were instrumental in making the library available to the partner organizations and still maintaining open hours to the public to give residents a welcoming place to go,” said Diane Roche, director of communications and marketing for the Santa Clara County Library District.


A new study shows that students learn way more effectively from print textbooks than screens


Tote bags now in PURPLE, too!!!  Still only $2.

Artist Kelly Hayes and Kelly’s mom and Friends of the Gilroy Library volunteer Carol Schweppe display the new sandwich board sign directing library users to the Friends’ Book Store.

Friends’ Tote Bags! On sale. Buy one for yourself and a gift for your friends and family. Combine with your membership renewal or a gift membership for someone special! Only $2 while they last!

Babar and friends welcome customers to the Friends of the Gilroy Library Book Store.

As FRIENDS, we …

  • promote the public use and community support of the Gilroy Library,
  • foster appreciation of Library’s value as a cultural and educational asset to the community,
  • encourage the extension and improvement of Library services.

Join us!

As shown in the slide show above, Friends of the Gilroy Library contribute to many programs at the Gilroy Library.

As of January 1, 2018, book prices are as follows: Saturday Bag of Book price – Members $5 and Non-members $8.   The price for regular paperback books is 50 cents each, and both trade paperbacks, large paperbacks and hardcover books are $1.00 each.  CDs and DVDs are $1.00 each.  Blu-ray discs $3.00 each.  Members enjoy a 25% discount on other purchases.

Thank you to all who have contributed to the Friends of the Gilroy Library!  Contributors from Benevity have had their donations doubled (more information here and through YourCause (!  Both new memberships and membership renewals through Paypal, allow us to cut costs!  Financial donations enable us to support the wide ranging Gilroy Library programs.

Thank you!