Book Sales

The Friends of the Arlington Public Library (FOAL) Spring book sale will be held April 29–May 1 in Central Library’s garage, located at 1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA 22201. Please park in the outdoor lots surrounding the library as we are using the garage for the sale. The closest Metro stations to Central Library are Ballston and Virginia Square on the Orange Line.

Please bring your own bags or boxes as we will have limited paper bags for patrons to use.

Masking: the sale will follow the guidelines in place for the Arlington County libraries which is currently: “optional”. We will update this site if this guidance changes.
We accept cash and credit cards at the sale.

Teachers and librarians with school IDs receive 50% off purchases on Friday and Saturday, and everyone receives 50% off on Sunday (it’s half-price day). The one exception are the Front Table books - these are not available at half price.

Thursday, April 28, from 5pm - 8:30pm is Members Only Night at the sale. Lifetime and active members of FOAL will receive an invitation by April 15 with a ticket for entry to access the sale. If you are a lifetime or active member and do not receive this invitation by April 15, then please follow the instructions below.

The public sale begins Friday, April 29.
Friday, April 29, doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 30, doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 1, doors open at Noon and close at 6 p.m. All books are half price.

Please note: The bookstore within Central Library will be closed during the book sale as our volunteers and our Board will be occupied with the sale in the garage.

Confirming Your Membership

If you are a lifetime or active member of FOAL and did not receive an email invitation to the Members Only Night sale and a ticket for entry, please first check to make sure your membership has not lapsed:

1. Go to our website, and choose Member Log In (right side in blue)

2. Enter the email address you used to sign up for your FOAL membership.

3. Enter your password if you remember it.

4. If you cannot recall your password, choose “Lost your password?”

  • You will get to a screen that says View your Membership Information. Enter your email address again and click the submit button. You will receive an email to that address prompting you to change your password. It takes less than one minute to get the email, so if you don’t receive the reset prompt quickly, check your junk mail.
  • If you receive the message “this email is not on file” then please try a different email.

5. Once you are logged in successfully, you will see your donation history. If you last donation was over a one year ago, you must renew in order to be considered an active member.

6. If you continue to have difficulty, choose “Contact Us” and enter your name and current email address. In the message section, indicate which email address(es) you used to attempt to log in as well as which email address you would like to have associated with FOAL. We will search the database for you and update our database with your preferred email address, and send the invitation and ticket to the Members Only night.

7. If you are a lifetime or active member and know you need to update your email address in our system, please use “Contact Us” on our website and send us your full name, your old email address and the one you want us to use in the future. We will make that update for you.

Volunteers needed!


Arlington Central Library Auditorium
1015 N. Quincy St.


Ballston or VA Square on Orange Line

For details: 703-228-5990
TTY: 703-228-6320

Special accommodation: 703-228-5993