IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Bookstore Is Temporarily Closed
For anyone who is wondering how long the Friends Bookstore will be closed: The City is being cautious about reopening any part of the Camarillo Library complex during the COVID-19 pandemic, since the courtyard tends to be a gathering place for people. This includes delaying the reopening of the Friends Bookstore and the Giant Steps Café. We support the City's position, since not everyone is being super-cautious about wearing masks and social distancing. We are an all-volunteer organization and our Bookstore staff is made up of seniors, many of whom have underlying conditions that put them at greater risk if they contract the virus. We will reopen when the City and our Board of Directors decide it is safe to do so.
Our policy of not accepting book donations at this time is still in effect. With the Bookstore closed, the shelves stay full. With inventory not moving, we can't accommodate much volume of incoming donations, so we have asked that people hold onto their donations until we reopen. When we have a little free space, we will advertise a few special donation days on our website.
We understand everyone's hope that we reopen soon; we hope so too! We miss our customers and the work we do toward raising funds for the Camarillo Library!
Please stay safe and healthy.
All tours are cancelled for the balance of the year. A new Tours itinerary will be made up for next year as soon as tours can resume.
We are unable to accept book donations until we reopen. Any books left at the Bookstore will regretfully be recycled.
The Blind Date with a Book drawing is postponed until two weeks after we reopen.
Please continue to return to our website at for updated information. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Member and Donor Appreciation Event
We'd like to give a special shout out to Carole Drulias and Mechanics Bank, who told us to keep their 2020 MAE sponsorship contribution. Thank you so much!