Friends of the Temecula Libraries
About the Bookstores

In the early 1990’s the Friends of the Temecula Library (FOTL) determined that there was a need for a little store where they could store, sort and sell all the used books donated to the library.  Temecula Valley citizens contributed a substantial sum towards the construction of the bookstore that was opened in April of 1994.  The bookstore was a success from the beginning. 

Our original bookstore was so successful that when Temecula’s new library facility was planned, naturally a second bookstore was included in those plans.  In December 2006, the FOTL officially became the Friends of the Temecula Libraries, and our second bookstore was opened.

The success of the FOTL bookstores has always been due to the generous donations of books from the community and the work of our dedicated volunteers.  All net proceeds from book sales at our two stores go to the libraries to provide extra services, materials, equipment, programs and enhancements.

Our stores stock a wide variety of hardback books (both fiction and non-fiction), paperbacks, VHS tapes, DVDs, CDs, cassette tapes, Books-on-tape, puzzles and games (on occasion) and so much more.  

The Bookstore at the Temecula Public Library is also offering colorful 20” x 16”- 252 piece puzzles of “Imagination” for purchase at $20. When you purchase an “Imagination” puzzle, you are not only helping the Friends support the libraries, but you will have a permanent memento of the magnificent fused glass artwork that hangs in the entry of the Temecula Public Library!

If you have books or audio-visual media in good condition that you would like to donate, please bring them to either bookstore.  The Grace Mellman Community Library FOTL Bookstore is at the rear of the Grace Mellman Community Library located at 41000 County Center Drive in Temecula.   The Temecula Public Library’s FOTL Bookstore is at the front entrance of the Temecula Public Library located at 30600 Pauba Road in Temecula.  If your collection is too large to carry in, you may arrange for it to be picked up.  Just give our FOTL Bookstores’ manager, Stan Williams, a call at 951-296-3737 to arrange a mutually convenient time.

If you would like to donate a few hours a month of your precious spare time to work in either of our bookstores, please call Merry Stout, bookstore volunteer coordinator for the Grace Mellman Community Library, at 951-693-1713 or Shannon Panek, volunteer coordinator for the Temecula Public Library, at 951-302-3173.  We can always use more help!

The hours of both Friends Bookstores are Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. On Saturdays the Grace Mellman Community Library bookstore is open 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the Temecula Public Library bookstore is open 10:00 a.m. to  4:00 p.m. The telephone numbers are: Grace Mellman Community Library Bookstore – 951-296-3737 and Temecula Public Library Bookstore – 951-693-8990.    

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