The Friends of the Library works to make the Tuscaloosa Public Library a resource for the enrichment and enlightenment of our community.

The primary project of the Friends of the Library is the Bookstore.  What began as a once-a-month garage sale of donated books has grown into an impressive, well stocked, well-organized bookstore offering an ever-changing assortment of books (including children’s books), magazines, CDs, DVDs, records and more.  For the last several years the Friends of the Library has contributed over $80,000 annually to the Library.

The bookstore is located on the left back corner of the Tuscaloosa Public Library on Jack Warner Parkway.  There is no access to the bookstore from inside the Library. 

The bookstore’s all-volunteer staff receives donations from individuals and estates and sells them to the public, most books for $1, $2 or $3.  The spacious bookstore has evolved into Tuscaloosa’s best source for recycling great books, magazines and other media.

Please come by and browse. 

Hours of operation are:

Sunday & Monday – Closed

Tuesday           10AM to 4PM

Wednesday     10AM to 4PM

Thursday         10AM to 4PM

Friday              Noon to 3PM

Saturday          10AM to 1PM

All sales are in cash or by check.  No credit or debit cards accepted.

The bookstores observes the same holiday and weather-related closings as the Tuscaloosa Public Library.

Please “friend” us on Facebook – Friends of The Library Bookstore – where we frequently announce special sales.Donations of books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, etc. are accepted whenever the bookstore is open and there are two book drop bins located by the bookstore entrance for after-hour donations.

There Are Other Ways We Support the Library

The major source of revenue for the Friends of the Library is the bookstore.  However annual membership dues and gifts are often given in honor or memory of someone. 

Annual Membership Dues are $30.  As a member, you are entitled to twelve free items each year at the Bookstore (excluding specially priced items).

Friends of the Library Membership Application

To join the Friends or make a special donation come by the bookstore or send a check payable to Friends of the Library to

Friends of the Tuscaloosa Public Library

1801 Jack Warner Parkway

Tuscaloosa, A 35401

Note on the check if it is for membership, honorarium or memorial.


The bookstore is staffed entirely by volunteers.  If you like books and like to talk to people who like books, we may have a job for you.  In general, the time commitment is two hours per month.  When in the bookstore, leave you name and phone number with the volunteer at the desk and the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you.

The Bookstore Manager is always looking for volunteers to help sort and shelve new donations.  Let the person working at the desk know if you are interested.

The Friends of the Library is governed by an elected board of directors.

Bookstore phone number – (205) 722-5208