Friends of the J. Paul Leonard Library

The Friends of the J. Paul Leonard Library is a non-profit affiliate of San Francisco State University. The organization was founded in 1980.

Read more about the Friends of Leonard Library on the University Library page.

The FOL has four primary goals:
- promote the love of books, book reading, and book collecting;
- foster close and supportive relations between the Library and both the university and the large community;
- enrich the Library and the services and experiences it offers its patrons;
-raise funds to support the Library's acquisitions, services, programs, and improvements in facilities

To join: please go to or email

To donate books/CDs, DVDs or LPs, go to:

[04/18/18]   Everyone,

Join us everyday in the main library for $1 and $2 book sales. We are located right behind Peet's coffee on the main library floor!!! Seize this opportunity and take advantage of those great prices to learn and improve; it will last you a lifetime!!!

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[03/30/18]   We are closed today, in observance of Cesar Chavez Day. Have a great weekend!

[03/26/18]   Happy Monday!!!
I hope you had a great break. We are back to resume the semester. Have a wonderful week!!

[03/12/18]   SPRING BREAK is around the corner. Got something to read at the beach? 🏖 Come get your $1 and $2 Book at SFSU’s book sale room NOW!!! I know I got mine ready to go!!! We have new books coming up!! #reading #Selfgrowth #Learn

Shopping at the Book sale room at SFSU!!! We got bunch of books for 5 DOLLARS!!!! We LOVE IT

Just started reading this great book I got from the book sale room at SFSU. Great book so far!!! Thank you Friends of the Library!! The book cost me $1. Check us out. Located right by Peet's Coffee guys!!!!

''Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.''

[02/16/18]   Join us everyday in the main library for $1 and $2 book sales. We are located right behind Peet's coffee on the main library floor!!! Seize this opportunity and take advantage of those great prices to learn and improve; it will last you a lifetime!!!

More beautiful murals and outdoor artwork at SF State. If you need a break, just walk around campus.

Associated Students Art Gallery presents a collection of stories, art, and photos curated by an SF State alum, Jarrel Phillips.

The murals at San Francisco State University are rich with diversity. The library is a feast for the mind, and the murals are a feast for the eyes.

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE AVERAGE SUCCESSFUL PERSON READS ABOUT 50 BOOKS A YEAR??? That's about 1 books per week!!! AND Yes, it is possible.

For those who don't know about us, Friends of the J. Paul Leonard Library was founded in 1980 in order to promote knowledge through the love of books, book reading, and book collecting. Come check out our $1 and $2 books. So, let's better ourselves and grow together. 😜🙏

[01/29/18]   Check out our $1 and $2 books. Our hours are 11 am - 5 pm Monday - Thursday and 11 am - 3 pm Friday. Closed weekends. The booksale room is located in back of Peet's Coffee, first floor, Neda Nobari the library building.

[01/29/18]   Working Hands: Frank Silva Waterfront Photographs

[11/13/17]   On the fourth floor is a current exhibit of Prof. Robert Cherny’s book, Victor Arnautoff and The Politics of Art

J. Paul Leonard Library has many exhibits through this month.

Please visit the fourth floor Labor Archives space to see this exhibit.

The FOL co-sponsored this exhibit.

We have a great collection of music -vinyl, CDs, DVDs for sale. Check us out!

Sizzling Hot Butter

This story is touching- it explains why I ❤️ books so much. Channel Research: Recipes, Tips, Advice & Instruction

Friends of the Library (FOL) | J. Paul Leonard Library

Support the FOL. Please visit our official San Francisco State University webpage: The Friends of the J. Paul Leonard Library (FOL) is a nonprofit affiliate of the University organized to promote community support for the campus Library. Since its beginning in 1980, the Friends have raised funds to sustain quality in the Library and to bring added excellence to Library events, ser...

More Jazz - various artists.

Come visit us at Room 120A, first floor of the SF State Library.

Come visit us at Room 120A, first floor of the SF State Library.

Gearing up for the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival with this Bill Monroe CD purchased from the new CD donation at the Friends of the Leonard Library Booksale Room. Lots more there! Smithy Blackwell.

[09/21/17]   A portion of a very generous donation of over 900 cd's is now available in the booksale room.

[09/07/17]   Thank you to all of our customers who stopped by our booksale room. It was Read A Book Day today!

[09/02/17]   We will be closed for Labor Day, September 4, and reopen Tuesday, Sept. 5. See you then!

We had a fantastic pop-up book sale on the Library Plaza, which took place Monday and Tuesday. Stay tuned for the next pop-up sale! .

[07/31/17]   We are kicking off a book drive! If you have a donation, you don't need to meet us- please come to the Advancement Department in the Administration Building and drop your books off at the Reception Desk book donation bin.

[07/31/17]   Thank you for all the marvelous book donations this summer. Barbara Loomis, the Booksale Chair, has worked nonstop with book, CD and LP donations from far and wide. The treasure trove of books will be on sale August 22 when we reopen the Booksale Room!

The Friends Booksale Room will have a pop-up book sale on the Library plaza on August 28 and 29 from 10-3. Please stop by and pick up some great bargains - most $1 and $2 books, LPs, CDs and DVDs! We accept cash and checks.

Please come check us out at the Friend's Booksale room August 22, 11 am. Bring your book appetite and stock up on the best ever Booksale Room opening, this Fall Semester!

We gratefully acknowledge the following book donors this summer, who have been incredible generous with their donations.

Prof. Leonard Sklar, Social Science Dept. donated 350 LPs
Prof. Dan Mar, Economics Dept., donated many great books
Prof. Bruce Robertson and family donated dozens of CDs : Christmas carols and holiday music
Prof. Eileen Levy, School of Social Work, donated many great books
Prof. Rochard Mann, Art Dept., donated many boxes of art books
Prof. Debbie Levine, Urban Studies, donated many fine books
Doug Murray, a SFSU Cinema Arts Alum, Class of 1976, donated many fine books on Cinematography, Irish children's books , and best sellers.
Prof. Betsy Blosser, Communications, donated many books on Communication Studies

Other major, significant donors over this summer are Paul and Patricia Offredi and Jason Lahman-Goldstein.

And finally, thanks to the Doelger Senior Center in San Francisco for their incredible and well preserved best sellers (all hardback!)

Many thanks to all who participated in Gator Camp this summer. Thanks to Debbie Masters, Head Librarian, for hosting the library portion of this wonderful and enriching event. Also thanks to Jeff Rosen, and Meredith Eilassen, both SF State Librarians who helped with the library activities for the kids. The Friends of the Library donated 45 children's books to kids who attended Camp while they were at the Library Workshop.

Why printed books are still popular The rise of social media and new tech was supposed to be the death knell for the printed book market.

[07/06/17]   Tommorrow is the last day that the booksale room is open during Summer Session! We will reopen the booksale room on August 22,

[06/30/17]   We are going to be open next week only, (closed July 4) then the booksale room will close after July 6. We will reopen August.

[06/19/17]   Come check out new arrivals! We have several new donations: a wide variety of art books from the Dept. of Fine Art, SF State, and a large donation of books from the Chinese Flagship Program, also at SF State. Thank you, donors!

[05/30/17]   Next Monday, June 5, we will reopen the Booksale Room. The FOL has received many exceptional donations while we were closed. Monday is the day to come visit to get the best selection of books. See you at 11 am!

SF State graduation to feature philanthropist, 'Frasier' co-creator | SF State News

Congratulations to the 5,000 students at commencement today! You worked incredibly hard. Celebrate, but know "commencement" means "beginning"! Iranian-American philanthropist Neda Nobari, “Frasier” co-creator Peter Casey, singer Johnny Mathis and Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza are slated to speak at San Francisco State University’s graduation at AT&T Park on May 25.

How Reading Old Books Gives Us New Perspective

Old books are like old friends.... 3 Reasons to Overcome Bias and Understand the Whole Conversation If we must choose between old books and new ones, we should always select an old one. C.S. Lewis provides three reasons why.

[05/11/17]   Thank you, booksale room fans! Our last day of Spring Semester operating hours is Tuesday, May 16. We will reopen June 5 for Summer Semester R1, and close July 7. Visit us before we close for the semester- Library First floor room 120A, in back of Peet's Coffee. Follow the aroma!


We need your books, LPs, CDs and DVDs! Please donate your used books to the Friends of the Leonard Library. Here is a link for donation information: Donate Books

The Value of Volunteer Time — Independent Sector

Thank you, booksale room volunteers! The booksale room, 120A in the library, has done extremely well this semester. $24.14per hour Estimated Value of Volunteer Time for 20161 National Value of Volunteer Time The estimate helps acknowledge the millions of individuals who dedicate their time, talents, and energy to making a difference. Charitable organizations can use this estimate to quantify the enormous value vo...

[04/13/17]   There is no limit of books for a book donation. We provide a basic donation receipt. You then complete the estimated value of the donation, and keep for your records.Please call is at 415-338-2408 to arrange a donation pickup or a drop off in back of the Library.

We accept:
books (hardback, paperback) in good condition- all types, all genres
CDs, DVDs and LPs.

We do not accept:
periodicals of any kind
VHS tapes
books obviously in bad condition

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