Libraries for all! All for Libraries!

We are Friends of
Johnson County Library

Friends of Johnson County Library is a member-supported nonprofit organization promoting community awareness and participation in library services. We serve as library advocates and promote literacy and lifelong learning.

Great Friends make great libraries! Great libraries make your community a great place to live!

Giving Back to the Library

The Friends are the single largest donor to the Johnson County Library.

18,000+

hours given by volunteers in 2023.

 600,000

donated items processed by volunteers each year.

$2.5+

million given since 2023.

The winning 2022 bookmark designs

Bookmark Design Contest

Submissions are now open for the 2024 Friends of Johnson County Library Bookmark Design Contest! Be sure to submit your entry before July 29 at 5:00 pm.

Friends Pop-Up Book Sales

Find great deals on gently-used books! Fantastic quality and popular titles every Thursday, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, and Saturdays, 11:30 am – 5:00 pm.

Now open on select Tuesdays this summer! Join us June 11, July 9, and August 13 for our Secondhand Tuesday sales, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

16k+

Items for sale!

25¢

Prices starting at just a quarter!

All Friends members receive 20% off of their purchase. Join now!

All Sales Located at Friends Headquarters:

8279 Melrose Drive, Lenexa, KS 66214

Book Donations

Do you have gently used books to donate to the Friends?

We hold Drive-up Donation Events every Saturday (except during inclement weather).

Volunteers will be available to accept your donations on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at Friends Headquarters – 8279 Melrose Dr., Lenexa, KS 66214.

Selling your car = an emoji of a sad face followed by donating your care = an emoji of a happy face with a halo.

Car Donations

Selling a car is good, but donating a car is better! We handle the pick-up, sale, and paperwork all for free. Plus, vehicle donations are tax-deductible. We accept cars, trucks, boats, RVs, and more and provide free pick-up.

Shop our Online Used Book Stores!

Need to shop online – but still want to support the Friends? Check out our selections on Amazon, Ebay, or Abe Books!

Amazon

Shop our Amazon storefront!

Ebay

Over 3,500 items available to browse on Ebay!

abe Books

Do you love vintage books? Shop our specialty selection!

The Friends of Johnson County Library believe that libraries are cornerstones of society, serving as hubs for learning, literacy, and cultural enrichment. Advocacy for libraries is crucial because it ensures these invaluable resources remain accessible and relevant in a rapidly changing world.

Why does library advocacy matter?

📚 Equal Access to Information

Libraries provide equitable access to information, enabling individuals, regardless of their socioeconomic background, to explore, learn, and grow.

👩‍🏫 Education and Lifelong Learning

They offer a wealth of educational resources, from books and digital media to workshops and programs that support lifelong learning.

🤝 Community Building

Libraries foster a sense of community by offering meeting spaces, hosting events, and bringing people together for shared experiences.

💻 Digital Inclusion

In today’s digital age, libraries bridge the digital divide by providing free internet access, computer services, and digital literacy programs.

⏳ Preservation of Culture

Libraries preserve the cultural heritage of communities through the collection and archiving of historical documents, manuscripts, and local artifacts.

Advocating for libraries is an ongoing endeavor that requires the support of dedicated individuals like you.

Become a Friend of the Johnson County Library at friendsofjcl.org linked in our profile to join us in our mission to ensure that libraries continue to be vibrant, inclusive, and essential parts of our communities.

#JohnsonCounty #JohnsonCountyLibrary #JoCoLibrary #FriendsoftheLibrary #LibraryFriends #KansasLibraries #ILoveMyKansasLibrary #JCLFriends #FriendsofJohnsonCountyLibrary #LibraryAdvocacy #PublicLibraries #PublicLibrariesMatter #LibrariesAreEssential #IntellectualFreedom

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"Books are the mirrors of the soul." — Virginia Woolf

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The @jocolibrary will be presenting its 2025 budget to an open meeting of the Board of Johnson County Commissioners on Thursday, June 20.

The Library is at the top of their afternoon session from 1:00 – 5:00 PM, so their presentation should be at or close to 1:00 PM.

Visible community support is tremendously appreciated!! All you need to do is sit in the audience (maybe even wearing a Library, education, or literary-related t-shirt) to let the commissioners know we care about our libraries!!

More info at: https://www.jocogov.org/meetings-events/committee-whole-department-budget-discussion-consider-final-2025-budget-proposal.

#JohnsonCounty #JohnsonCountyLibrary #JoCoLibrary #FriendsoftheLibrary #LibraryFriends #KansasLibraries #ILoveMyKansasLibrary #JCLFriends #FriendsofJohnsonCountyLibrary

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Discover the invaluable resources offered by @jocolibrary’s Community Information Boards! These bulletin boards, located in most Johnson County Library branches, provide a wealth of information on local government services, non-profit agencies, volunteer opportunities, and info about fun and enriching local events.

Managed by dedicated staff, these boards ensure patrons have access to crucial assistance and enrichment programs, with many materials available in both English and Spanish.

Since 2017, Johnson County Library information specialist Dylan Reiter has been assigned the community information board task, first at Antioch and now at the new Merriam Plaza branch.

“The main desire is to provide access to assistance resources,” Reiter said. “I’m happy to fill that role.”

Read more about this incredible community resource at hwww.jocolibrary.org/our-stories/librarys-community-information-boards-are-windows-invaluable-resources.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What happened to the big book sales?

Through careful research and financial analysis, we have found that the “big book sale” business model is a poor one. It’s extremely expensive and puts most of our inventory in passive storage for most of the year. It just doesn’t make sense to squirrel those treasures away for months at a time when we have people eager to support us year-round!

We now offer weekly pop-up sales on Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at our sorting center at 8279 Melrose Drive, Lenexa, KS, 66214. We hope to see you there!

When is your next book sale?

Our used book sales are every Thursday from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm (March through August) and every Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (year-round) at our sorting center at 8279 Melrose Drive, Lenexa, KS, 66214, except for holidays or inclement weather. Please see the upcoming schedule here – or check out our social media for any cancellations.

Are you located at a Library?

No, Friends of Johnson County Library is not located at a Johnson County Library branch. We accept book donations and hold our weekly book sales at our headquarters located at 8279 Melrose Drive, Lenexa, KS 66214 in the Pine Ridge Business Center.

Can I drop off book donations at the Library?

Small-quantity donations (one bag, small box, or armful) are now accepted during Library business hours at most Library branches. Library staff will not be available to help you unload your donation. Please look for donation bins.

  • Antioch
  • Blue Valley
  • Cedar Roe
  • Central Resource
  • Corinth
  • De Soto (no donation bin)
  • Edgerton (no donation bin)
  • Gardner
  • Leawood
  • Lenexa
  • Shawnee
  • Spring Hill (no donation bin)

If you need help unloading your donation, please visit the Friends sorting center during our donation drop-off hours on Saturdays between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. More information can be found here.

Can you find a specific book for me?

We are happy to help you look for a book during our Saturday sales. However, our inventory is not computerized, and we do not offer private shopping via email or social media messaging.

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