Map to Book Place, 1608 Grant Avenue, Novato

Temporary Hours:

Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 10-3


415 209 0212

Good news! We will extend the hours on our current open days by an hour to give you more browsing time! Our new shopping hours beginning in October are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am-3pm. Donations of books will remain at Tuesday and Saturday (same extended hours, however), BEHIND the store in our parking lot. Enter off 7th Street, near corner of Grant Avenue. Be sure to consult our Donation Guidelines before packing your donations.  Thank you in advance! 


October brings cooler days and closer to Election Day. Our monthly specials get you ready for Fall:

  • Small paperback Mysteries are 40c, or 3 for $1.00

  • Politics, $1.00 each

  • 50% off Teen books

  • 50% off Art Instruction/how-to guides

You may visit us indoors or at curbside, whichever is more comfortable for you. We’ll still take book requests via our email,, or via a phone message, 415-209-0212 (speak slowly, clearly, and have both title and author). We'll let you know if we have the book(s), and the total charges. We'd prefer a personal check, otherwise cash.


We've taken all precautions to make your experience safe and enjoyable. You must wear a mask to enter, and we’ll keep everything safe with continual cleaning and disinfecting.

Come by to see us!

The Book Place - 1608 Grant Avenue, near 7th Street, Novato

You'll find books in every category--fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, children's books, collector's items and much more. You'll also find CDs, videos, and audiobooks. Books start at just a quarter. We're staffed entirely by volunteers, and new members can find volunteer opportunities there, too. Call 415-209-0212 for information.  Hassle-free parking is behind the store (enter off 7th Street) with a back entrance for an easy shopping experience.

Donating? Please phone ahead to check if we have room for your donations before bringing your books/materials to the Book Place. 415-209-0212. Our room gets full very quickly, and we often have to refuse donations temporarily. Please read our Donation Guidelines for further direction. Please, no dirty, torn, moldy books - please consider carefully whether your books are in resale condition.

The Book Place is operated by the Friends of the Marin County Free Library, a nonprofit volunteer organization. All proceeds are used for special programs, needs, and materials for the Marin County Free Libraries.

Celebrate Friends of the Library Week with a Sale!

Join us during National Friends of the Library Week (October 18-24) to shop our Children's book sale and Sidewalk Bag Sale. Browse inside and take 1/2 off all Children’s books, or you can purchase a standard-size grocery bag for $10 and choose from all types of books for kids and adults alike from our front sidewalk carts!*


Placing sale books around the store and out front will assist us in maintaining adequate social distancing. All precautions (masks, social distancing and limiting shoppers inside our store) help to keep you safe for an enjoyable browsing experience (please remember your masks). You can help US out by either writing a check or having smaller bills ($5/10’s) to speed up the process.


Support the Friends’ mission to fund library programs/services, and score some deals on great books for all ages.

Our sale dates and hours are: October 17, 20, 22, and 24 from 10am-3pm.

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