The Friends of The Villages Library, Inc. (FOVL) is an All-Volunteer 501(c)(3) Florida NOT-FOR-PROFIT with nearly 170 Volunteers at the Belvedere and Pinellas Branches of The Villages Public Library.  Since 2003, we have returned over $600,000 to our Sumter County Community, selling used books – $1 for Hardcovers, 50c for Softcovers.  Just imagine how many books we saved from being destroyed or buried in landfills!

According to Sumter County Library Policy, weeded library materials from their collection, judged to have resale value, shall be given to the Friends of the Villages Library. Material which is deemed unsuitable for sale shall be recycled or discarded.

Donations to the library by the Public are not automatically added to the library’s collection. The County only accepts donations with the understanding that they may handle them in whatever way best suits the purpose or goals of the County, and may dispose of them at any time according to the guidelines set forth in the County weeding policy.

All Material given to the FOVL is reevaluated by Volunteers for resale. Poor quality or damaged materials are recycled or discarded. Non-Fiction books are scanned by volunteers and high value books offered for sale online. Volunteers shelve the remaining material in our Bookrooms for Sale. Slow-moving materials are included in our bi-monthly FOVL Overstock Sales. Remainders from Overstock Sales are offered to other non-profit organizations or discarded per County policy.

In addition to our work with books, in the past three years alone we have given over $50,000 to local elementary schools for reading programs, over $70,000 in college scholarships to graduating high school students, and nearly $100,000 to the Sumter County Library for online children’s eBooks plus virtual & in-library programs. We Save Books & Change Lives by Helping Kids Read to Succeed.

NEXT BOOK SALE: Pinellas Library, 7375 Powell Rd. at 466A

  • October 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – $1 Hardcover, 50c Softcover, $1 Single CDs & DVDs)
  • October 17 from 9 :00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – $3 you fill our bag, $4 pick & fill a box

Marilyn Ivison, President
Friends of The Villages Library