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Friends of the Library

Limited computer and account services now available select days and times. Curbside service available Monday through Saturday. Check the event calendar for virtual programs.

The Friends of the Carlsbad Library, created in 1957, is a nonprofit, volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds to support Carlsbad City Library programs. New members and donations are welcome – or show your support by shopping at the Friends bookstores at the Dove and Cole Libraries. Items for sale at bargain prices include gently used books, magazines, greeting cards, puzzles, sheet music, DVDs, CDs and audio books. Gift certificates are available.

Dove Bookstore (Currently closed)

Cole Bookstore (Currently closed)

Hundreds of the Friends' most valuable selections are available online. Check out the Friends Amazon store and Friends eBay store. On eBay, the seller name CLF92009-2012 should appear at the top of the search results. You can check the box that reads, “Email me when new items match my search” and eBay will let you know when new items are listed.


Funds raised through book sales and events or donated through the Friends of the Library are in turn donated back to the Carlsbad City Library to support the following programs and activities:

  • Children's annual Summer Reading Program
  • Carlsbad Reads Together program
  • Year-round children's programs, books and materials
  • Concerts at Cole Library and the Library Learning Center
  • Teen programs for grades seven through 12
  • Purchase of audiobooks and multiple copies of bestsellers
  • Pay for enhanced technology


Membership forms are available at the Library, the Friends Bookstore, or may be downloaded here. Completed forms may be returned to any Carlsbad City Library location or mailed to:

Friends of the Library of Carlsbad, CA, Inc.
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad CA, 92011

Friends Membership Fees
Senior* $10
Individual* $15
Family* $25
Life Membership $150

* - Annual Membership


  • Raise money for Library activities, programs and materials.  
  • Operate the Friends Bookstores at the Dove and Cole Libraries.
  • Hold Special Sales at the Cole and Dove Libraries and the Holiday Boutique at the Dove Bookstore.
  • Publish the "Friends to Friends" newsletter, featuring Library and Friends information.


Join the Friends and join the volunteer staff. Information is available at the Friends Bookstore or call 760-602-2020 or email us at friendsofcarlsbadcitylibrary@gmail.com.

Friends Board

Friends of the Carlsbad Library Board of Trustees:

  • President
    Linda Swink
  • Vice-President
    Robbye Adams
  • Treasurer
    Karen Smarr
  • Secretary
    Barbara Bladen